Warts services offered in Near John C. Lincoln hospital , Phoenix, AZ

If you have warts that bother you or don’t go away with home-based treatments, see the experts at Dermatology Associates. With two locations in Phoenix, Arizona, the board-certified dermatology team offers highly effective wart removal solutions that reduce embarrassment and achieve the beautiful skin you long for and deserve. Schedule a visit to Dermatology Associates by phone or online today.

Warts Q & A

What are warts?

Warts are flesh-colored skin growths caused by human papillomavirus (HPV). While usually not a cause for concern, these growths might cause you to be self-conscious. They can grow and spread to other areas of your body, or to other people, when not removed. 

While warts may go away on their own over time, see the Dermatology Associates specialists if you’re ready to have warts removed. 

What do warts look like?

Warts are grainy growths that are often rough to the touch. They vary in size and can become larger over time when not removed. Warts often contain tiny pinpoint black dots, which are actually clotted blood vessels. 

Warts typically protrude from the surface of your skin but could also appear flat. Warts may be  skin-colored, brown, gray, or other colors. They often appear on the hands, feet, genital area, or face.

What are the risk factors for warts?

Anyone can develop warts, but if the following things appear, your risk of having them increases:

  • Being a child
  • Cuts on your skin
  • Weakened immune system
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Being elderly 

Washing your hands after touching shared surfaces and avoiding contact with other warts can reduce your chance of developing warts. Unprotected sexual intercourse increases your risk of genital warts.

How does my dermatologist diagnose warts?

The Dermatology Associates team diagnoses warts after discussing your medical history and examining your skin growth. They may look at each wart using a magnifying glass, shave off the top layer and examine the wart again, or test a tissue biopsy.

How are warts treated?

Your dermatologist might remove warts using various methods. They provide:

  • Freezing
  • Immunotherapy 
  • Topical medicines
  • Laser treatments
  • Injections
  • Excisions

They tailor each treatment to your needs and preferences to ensure the best outcome. 

How can I reduce the risk of developing warts?

Ways to reduce your risk of developing new warts include washing your hands often and avoiding contact with warts. Don’t touch or pick at your own or someone else’s warts. Avoid walking barefoot in community areas, such as locker rooms, pool decks, and community showers.

Schedule an appointment at Dermatology Associates by phone or online today to have warts removed.