Warts

Silicon Valley Dermatology

Mychael Luu, M.D.

General & Surgical Dermatology located in San Jose, CA

Although most common among children and people with a compromised immune system, warts can affect anyone at any age. And if you do have them, you'll know that they feel uncomfortable and don't look very nice. Board-certified dermatologist Mychael Luu, MD, offers effective wart removal treatments at Silicon Valley Dermatology in San Jose, California. If warts are bothering you, call the practice today or schedule an appointment online.

Warts Q & A

What are warts?

Warts are a viral skin condition, usually harmless but contagious. They're extremely common, and while no cause for serious concern, they can be painful and unsightly. Although they typically disappear on their own, many people prefer to have them removed by a professional to get rid of them sooner. The five main types of warts are common, plantar, flat, filiform, and periungual.

Common warts

Common warts usually form on fingers and toes. They are grayer than the surrounding skin and have a rounded top.

Plantar warts

Plantar warts (verrucas) form on the soles of your feet and look like a small hole surrounded by hardened skin. They can grow quite large and make it painful to walk.

Flat warts

Flat warts form on the arms, thighs, and face. They have a flat top, take a pink, brown, or yellow color, and aren't always noticeable.

Filiform warts

Filiform warts form on the face, around the mouth, nose, neck, and chin. They look like a skin tag and take the same color as your skin.

Periungual warts

Periungual warts form under the toe and fingernails. As they get larger, they affect nail development and can be painful.

If you think you may have warts, call Silicon Valley Dermatology for a diagnosis and treatment.

When should you see a dermatologist about warts?

Most warts have similar characteristics, the most significant difference between them being where they grow. Warts are caused by HPV (human papillomavirus). Children, young adults, and anyone with a weakened immune system are more likely to be affected by this virus.

Although most warts go away with time, you should consider seeing your provider at Silicon Valley Dermatology if you experience any of the following:

  • Persistent or recurring warts
  • Painful warts
  • Warts that change appearance
  • Warts that interfere with your daily life

You should also make an appointment if you have a growth that you're unsure is a wart or not.

How are warts treated?

Wart treatment can take several weeks, and your warts may return afterward. If you choose to have your warts treated at Silicon Valley Dermatology, your treatment options may include any one or a combination of the following:

  • Salicylic acid
  • Cryotherapy (freezing)
  • Trichloroacetic acid
  • Minor surgery
  • Immunotherapy
  • Laser treatment

If unsightly, uncomfortable warts are getting in your way, call Silicon Valley Dermatology today or request an appointment online.