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Dealing With Unsightly Warts? We Have the Solution

Warts are usually nothing to worry about, medically speaking that is. Although they’re caused by a virus called the human papillomavirus (HPV), they’re typically not cancerous and aren’t dangerous to your health. Your ego, however, may take a hit if your warts prevent you from shaking hands with confidence. 

There’s no reason to live with warts that are causing you mental anguish. Our team of skin experts here at Chappell Rosso Dermatology and Laser & Aesthetic Center in Odessa, Texas, can remove your warts safely and more efficiently than over-the-counter products. But there are few things you should understand about warts before you come in for treatment.

Understanding warts

Not all warts are created equal. There are more than 100 different types of warts, just about all of them are caused by HPV, and almost all of them are harmless. Genital warts, however, may lead to cervical cancer in women, so if you notice these bumpy bits of flesh in your intimate areas, seek medical attention right away.

Warts can appear anywhere on your body, but they show up most frequently on your hands and feet. The name of your warts depends on their location and physical characteristics:

Most warts are painless, but unsightly. Come see us if your warts change color or start to multiply, they’re on a sensitive part of your body, they bleed or look infected, or they hurt.

Whichever type of wart you have, it likely happened because you had a cut or scrape on your skin, and the HPV virus entered through the breach. Nail biting is one of the primary reasons warts appear on fingers. Even the tiniest abrasions open the door for the virus to enter.

Make no mistake — warts are contagious. They can spread to other parts of your body and to other people. Whatever the wart touches is contaminated. You can also pass it to others who touch objects that have come into contact with your warts, like towels, gym equipment, and shoes. Speaking of gyms, make sure to wear protective sandals or flip flops in public showers and pool areas, because the virus thrives in those warm, wet places and lie there lurking until you walk by.

Getting rid of warts

Now that you know the nature of warts, you’re better prepared to have them removed. There are several different treatment options for getting rid of warts, and our team can match you with the right removal approach after we evaluate your condition. Here are some of the most common ways we treat warts:

Some warts are stubborn and may take more than one treatment. We may also use laser technology or chemical peels to get rid of resistant warts. 

Stop worrying about warts

In most cases, you don’t have to get rid of your warts unless they’re causing you embarrassment or discomfort. We understand your desire to clear your skin of unsightly warts and that you may be tempted to do it yourself. Some minor warts can be diminished or eliminated with off-the-shelf products, and if you want to give it a go, talk to us first so that we can recommend some effective products.

If that doesn’t work for you and you’re ready for professional help, give us a call, or request an appointment online today. We can remove your warts and restore your confidence.

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