Why “Best” Wart Treatments Vary Person to Person

Wart Treatments Vary By Person | Spectrum Dermatology, Scottsdale

Why “Best” Wart Treatments Vary Person to Person

Warts are an extremely fickle skin condition caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), and it’s one of the most common conditions treated at Spectrum Dermatology. However, if you’ve ever had a friend swear by a certain treatment but it doesn’t work for you, that’s not surprising. Different people respond differently to various wart treatments, but the best wart treatments are always found at your local dermatology office.

Trust the Experts for Wart Treatments

HPV has over 100 strains that can cause various types of warts including plantar warts and flat warts. Warts can be spread directly or indirectly—if you touch the same towel as someone with a wart, you might get one yourself. Warts are so contagious that up to 20 percent of schoolchildren likely have a wart at any given time. A person can have a single wart or dozens. A lot of warts in one area are called mosaic warts. Although it’s most common to get warts as a teen, you can get this frustrating condition at any time in your life. Children and teens are more likely to get warts because our immune systems get better and protect us as we age.

You’ve probably heard all kinds of “tricks” for getting rid of warts from rubbing a raw potato on the wart to a certain over-the-counter medicine. Most warts will go away on their own, but it’s understandable if you don’t want to wait. For fast and effective treatment, work with your dermatologist to get the best treatment for your specific wart.

Some of the best treatments include salicylic acid, liquid nitrogen, and surgical or laser removal for more stubborn warts. Surgery and lasers can leave a small scar, but that can also be treated with laser rejuvenation. From prescription medications to aggressive in-office procedures, if you really want to get rid of your wart it’s best to depend on a professional.

Expert Help Treating Warts

Warts are harmless, but they can be annoying and even painful depending on the location. If you or your child has warts and you want immediate results, contact Spectrum Dermatology at 480-948-8400 to schedule your appointment.