What are warts? Warts are small, rough growths that resemble blisters. They are usually caused by the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) or another viral infection. The virus infects the skin and causes it to grow and forms a wart. Common warts are seen in the hands and plantar warts are seen on the soles of the feet. Periungal warts are seen in the finger and toenails.
- Warts are painless – Myth
While most warts are not painful, if a wart grows on the finger or on the bottom of the feet, they can hurt. You may require treatment or surgery.
- Warts are not contagious - Myth
Warts can be spread from person to person through direct contact – ie. touching the wart and then touching another part of your body or by sharing towels, razors, other personal items.
- Warts cannot be treated – Myth
Warts can be treated with some treatments or removed through surgery. There are chances that they may reappear. If you have a wart that reappears, it is important to talk to a board certified podiatrist. They may use liquid nitrogen to freeze the warts or remove them surgically.
- Warts are common – Fact
Most types of warts are common and harmless such as common warts, plantar warts and periungal warts. They are unattractive and they may make you feel embarrassed and uncomfortable.
- Warts can be prevented – Fact
Warts can be prevented. Always use proper hand washing techniques, resist picking on skin with warts, use bandages to keep warts covered, and keep your hands and feet dry at all times. You can also keep your immune system strong by eating a healthy diet, exercising and avoiding alcohol and nicotine.
- Warts may not be visible – Fact
Warts may not be visible on the surface of the skin but you could still carry the HPV virus and spread it to others. In many cases, plantar warts do not appear until several months and may have been pushed inward with skin forming over it.
To discuss your options and treatments for the unsightly warts you or someone you know may be dealing with, please consult with our board certified podiatrist, Dr. Paul S. DeMarco who is certified by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery and is trained in the newest surgical techniques.
Dr. Paul S. DeMarco and his staff offer you the finest comprehensive foot care services and treat children, adolescents and adults in their peaceful Somers Point office in New Jersey.
Schedule your online appointment now or call us at (609) 927-4894 with any questions. We look forward to serving you with top quality care.