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Integrated Dermatology Group of Reston

Warts are small growths that are typically found on the hands or feet, but can be found in other areas as well. They can resemble a solid blister-like growth as well as a cauliflower-like growth. The most common types of warts are:

Common Wart: a wart with a rough surface that is raised and is typically found on the hands.
Flat Wart: most common on the face, neck, hands, wrists and knees and is typically small, flat and flesh colored.
Genital Wart: a wart that is found on the genitalia.
Mosaic Wart: a cluster of warts.
Periungual Wart: occurs around the nails and is cauliflower-like.
Plantar Wart: a wart that is typically found on the feet and can be classified as a hard lump with black specks in the center of it.

What causes Warts?

Warts are caused by the human papillomavirus, of which there are about 130 different types. A wart is formed when the HPV infects an area of the skin. The wart itself is the benign growth caused by the HPV.

What are Treatment Options?

Luckily, there are a variety of treatment options when it comes to removing warts. The most common is salicylic acid which one of our dermatologists can prescribe. There are also a number of procedures that can be used to remove the wart itself. Among these include cryotherapy, immunotherapy and bleomycin. If you are worried about a wart on your body, call one of our dermatologists today to schedule an appointment.