Wart Removal Specialist - Mt. Lebanon Dermatology
Having a wart can feel uncomfortable or even embarrassing, but you’re far from alone - warts are extremely common, affecting nearly 10% of the population worldwide.
If you’re concerned about a wart or would simply like to have it removed, Mt. Lebanon Dermatology Associates can help. We’ve been providing treatment for warts on hands, arms and other parts of the body for more than 40 years, and our patient-first approach allows us to tailor your procedure to your needs.
If you’re ready to help your skin heal, request an appointment with us today!
Top of the Line Treatments for Warts - Pittsburgh, PA
To successfully treat warts, our dermatologists offer a variety of leading-edge treatments, including topical medications, cryotherapy, and electrosurgery. Let the board-certified physicians at Mt. Lebanon Dermatology Associates help you remove your warts and restore your confidence. Contact us today for more information!
FAQs on Wart Removal:
What causes warts to appear?
A wart is actually the result of a viral infection, specifically the human papillomavirus (HPV). This is why picking or scratching a wart can cause more warts to appear on another part of the body, as the virus can spread by skin-to-skin contact. Warts are particularly common in school-aged children, as well as patients who suffer from eczema and those whose immune systems are otherwise compromised.
Are warts dangerous?
Warts are not dangerous, and there is no risk of a common wart becoming cancerous. However, as previously mentioned, warts are caused by a virus, making them contagious. Some warts can also be painful, and may bleed when injured.
How can warts be removed?
Although most warts will disappear on their own, there are several options for patients to remove a persistent or especially unsightly wart:
- Topical treatment involves painting the wart with a compound that removes dead surface skin cells once daily. This method usually takes about twelve weeks to disappear the wart completely.
- Cryotherapy involves freezing the skin cells with liquid nitrogen or an aerosol spray repeatedly at weekly or biweekly intervals. This method can take between 3-4 months.
- Electrosurgery is an intense option for warts that have become large and difficult to remove.
The Team at Mt. Lebanon Dermatology Associates is happy to discuss these and other options with you as part of your personalized treatment plan.
Will my wart come back?
In most cases, warts disappear on their own, even without treatment. However, as is the case with most viruses, recurrence is more common in those whose immune systems are compromised. Smokers also suffer an increased chance of recurring warts.