Warts (Verruca Vulgaris)
Although common warts are considered harmless, they can be uncomfortable, contagious, and pose a cosmetic concern. If you are googling “wart removal near me” in Colorado Springs, CO, you should consider us. Dr. Susan Schroeder of Perfect Skin offers gentle and effective treatment options.
What are warts?
A wart is a skin growth, usually rough-textured and grainy in appearance, that is caused by a virus that infects skin cells. There are many strains of warts, and appearances may vary. Some are flat, papular, or rough thickened growths. Plantar warts, which develop on the feet, grow inward rather than outward.
Warts are caused by human papillomavirus (HPV), which is contagious. It can be transmitted by sharing objects such as towels, or through direct skin contact. It may take several months after exposure before the wart becomes visible.
Once warts develop, it can take months or years for them to resolve. Many people choose to have warts removed because they are unsightly or painful. Genital warts are sexually transmitted.
Dr. Schroeder and staff were great! Very professional and nice. I went in to get a mole on my jawline removed and I was in and out in 10 minutes. Dr. Shroeder was so impressive.Erin K.
Dr. Susan SchroederSusan Schroeder MD is a Board-Certified Dermatologist with advanced, specialized, and formal fellowship training in Cosmetic and Surgical Dermatology. She is one of a select few in Colorado with this advanced level of training. Throughout her career, Dr. Schroeder has had a keen interest in ageless skin and maintenance on a scientific level. Before private practice, she was an Assistant Professor at The University of Colorado School of Medicine, Anschutz Medical Campus and pioneered the cosmetic dermatology and cosmeceutical division. Dr. Schroeder brings a wealth of knowledge to Colorado Springs from her years of expertise. She addresses all aspects of Dermatology, from skin cancers and acne to injectables, laser skin resurfacing and tumescent liposuction. Her skills are as good-as-it-gets. Dr. Schroeder evaluates the nuances and advancements that drive this market herself, and she never waivers from cutting-edge.
If you’ve been searching for wart treatments online, you’ve probably seen several blogs or social posts touting home cures. Many of these are ineffective or even dangerous. Additionally, self-treatment can lead to scars, which are especially concerning in the case of facial wart removal. Fortunately, professional medical treatment is safe, comfortable, predictable, and typically complication-free.
After a consultation and examination, Dr. Schroeder will recommend the best treatment for your condition. Options may include:
- Cryosurgery – liquid nitrogen is used to destroy (freeze off) the wart.
- Cantharidin – an extract preparation from a beetle that causes the wart to blister and destroys the cells that the wart has infected. This is the original “beetle-juice”.
- Other medicines –Injectable immunotherapy medications, such as candida antigen or 5-flurouracil (5-FU) may assist your immune system in fighting off the viral infection. A subset of patients will respond to H-1 antihistamine oral medication (cimetidine).
Call us at (719) 421-7132 and schedule a consultation.