A wart is a small hard, non-cancerous growth cause by the human papilloma virus (HPV). Warts are contagious and can spread from person to person by touch or by infected objects and even by yourself to other parts of your body. There are ten different varieties of warts and are typically around on the hands and feet, but can appear is other places.
Warts affect the top layer of skin and can appear as: dome-shaped, flat/plane, plantar, periungual, filiform, and genital warts.
Although warts can be treated with over-the-counter drops, gels, pads, and plasters, it is advised that they be removed by a dermatologist. These treatments are composed of a salicylic acid called keratolytic which means it dissolves the protein (keratin) that makes up both the wart and thick layer of dead skin the surmounts it.
Dr. Rokhsar will use cryotherapy, or cryosurgery to remove the wart. This process uses liquid nitrogen spray to destroy the wart virus and skin cells. Immunotherapy can also be used which involves injecting a medicine called intralesional candida antigen to stimulate the body’s immune system to naturally kill the wart and heal the body.
The ND:YAG long-pulse laser is a Q-switched laser that can effectively destroy warts in typically one or two sessions. The long pulse of the laser slowly heats the blood supply surrounding the wart virus. The blood supply feeding the virus is then cooked and dies, all in a treatment that usually takes half an hour of your time. This laser is typically used for more stubborn warts that appear on the feet, such as plantar warts.