Warts Specialist

Dawn S. Allison, MD -  - Dermatologist

Allison Dermatology & Skin Cancer Center

Dawn S. Allison, MD

Dermatologist located in Bend, OR

No one’s ever excited to see a wart pop up on their skin. Although not troublesome, you may wish to have these unsightly growths removed for comfort or cosmetic reasons. Dermatologist Dawn S. Allison, MD treats warts at Allison Dermatology & Skin Cancer Center in Bend, Oregon. If warts are causing you pain or embarrassment, call Allison Dermatology & Skin Cancer Center or book an appointment online today.

Warts Q&A

What are warts and what do they look like?

Common warts are small, non-cancerous growths in the skin. Warts can appear on any part of your body, but they most frequently pop up on the hands and feet. The most prevalent types of warts include:

  • Common hand warts
  • Plantar warts on the bottoms of your feet
  • Warts beneath and surrounding your nail beds
  • Filiform warts on your face, eyes, and nose

The appearance of warts can vary in shape, size, and texture. Some warts look bumpy with a rough surface, while others appear flat and smooth. Sometimes, you may see blood vessels in plantar and common warts that look like dark spots.

What causes warts?

The human papillomavirus (HPV) causes warts to grow. Your warts may be caused by any one of over 100 different types of HPV infection. While it’s true that some strains of HPV can cause cancer in the genitals and oral cavities, this isn’t true of the viruses that cause common warts.

Warts tend to appear and disappear without any apparent causes. You may have warts for a period, followed by relief for several months or years before they come back again.

Anyone can get warts, but some people are more susceptible to getting the HPV virus, including:

  • Children and teenagers
  • People who pick at or bite their fingernails
  • People with compromised immune systems

Can warts spread?

The viruses that cause warts are contagious, and warts can spread from person to person. However, it’s not uncommon for only one member of a family to have warts without giving them to another member.

You’re more likely to spread or catch the HPV virus through broken skin, such as a cut or scrape. That may explain why warts are more common in children and on body parts that men and women shave.

How does a dermatologist treat warts?

First, Dr. Allison performs a physical exam to confirm that your growths are common warts and not something more serious.

Most warts are harmless and disappear on their own. However, if they’re painful or embarrassing, Dr. Allison can discuss options for wart removal.

Dr. Allison may recommend over-the-counter medicines to apply at home. If you’ve already tried one of these treatments with no success, she may suggest freezing the wart or using a laser to remove it.

If warts are causing you pain or grief, call Allison Dermatology & Skin Cancer Center or book an appointment online today.