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Warts are a very common, but highly treatable skin condition. Children and adults have warts. Warts are caused by the human papilloma virus, so they are contagious to other family members and other parts of your body. They are found most commonly around the nails, back of the hand and soles of the feet, but they can be found anywhere on the body. Different strains of the virus cause common warts, flat warts, plantar warts (sole of the foot) and genital warts. They present as flat or rounded bumps on the skin and can have tiny black dots.

Treatment depends on the size and number of warts, the type of wart, location on the body, age of the patient and prior treatments. Some of the most common treatments include cryosurgery (freezing with liquid nitrogen), cauterization, curettage (scraping the wart and burning the base), laser, canthacur (blistering agent that kills the wart), injectable medications (bleomycin and candida antigen), and some topicals. Also, homeopathic remedies are used. Multiple treatments may be required. Your immune system helps to recognize the virus and fights it.

Genital warts are one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases with an 80 percent lifetime risk of acquiring the infection. One million new cases are diagnosed each year. A complication of these warts is cervical cancer in women, as well as cancer of the penis, anus, vulvovaginal area and skin.

The skin experts at Trillium Creek Dermatology & Surgery offer same-day appointments at their offices in Medina and Wooster for the quickest relief. Get rid of pesky, embarrassing warts. Don’t wait – get the relief you deserve today. For an appointment, call 330.725.0569.