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Dr. Joel Schlessinger answers frequently asked questions about warts.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger answers frequently asked questions about warts.

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  • 1. Joel Schlessinger, MD FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT WARTS Interested in learning more or setting up an appointment? Call 402.334.7546 or visit http://www.LovelySkin.com/Warts to browse our full selection of products.
  • 2. Warts are common skin growths caused by a viral infection, usually the human papillomavirus, in the top layer of the skin. Though they’re rarely painful or harmful, they can be unsightly. There are many different kinds of warts, and the hands and feet are among the most common areas on the body for development. Though they are often thought of as a childhood phenomenon, people young and old can experience warts You can’t get warts from touching frogs, but you can get warts from people. Wart viruses are contagious, and they are passed through person-to-person contact. It may take months or even years for a wart to develop after first contact with the virus. What are warts? Before After Interested in learning more or setting up an appointment? Call 402.334.7546 or visit http://www.LovelySkin.com/Warts to browse our full selection of products.
  • 3. Warts are caused by various strains of viruses. The human papillomavirus is only one such virus. Warts can be passed from person-to-person through even indirect contact. The viruses that cause warts can be contracted through sharing towels, shoes and clothing and from wet surfaces in public showers and swimming pools. What causes warts? Before After Interested in learning more or setting up an appointment? Call 402.334.7546 or visit http://www.LovelySkin.com/Warts to browse our full selection of products.
  • 4. Common warts are characterized by small, grainy bumps that are rough to the touch. They could also feature a pattern of black dots, which look like seeds and are actually small, clotted blood vessels. Usually pink or flesh-colored, they most often occur on the hands and fingers. They may also appear on the face, especially in children, through touch and nail-biting. Common warts usually disappear without treatment, but this can take months or years, and many opt for removal. Common warts Before After Interested in learning more or setting up an appointment? Call 402.334.7546 or visit http://www.LovelySkin.com/Warts to browse our full selection of products.
  • 5. Plantar warts appear on the bottoms of the feet (the plantar surface). They are similar in appearance to common warts, including the pattern of black “seeds” or clotted blood vessels. The plantar wart virus can be contracted through person- to-person contact or from public showers and swimming pools. Plantar warts are at more risk to become painful and irritated due to the constant friction caused by walking. Plantar warts Before After Interested in learning more or setting up an appointment? Call 402.334.7546 or visit http://www.LovelySkin.com/Warts to browse our full selection of products.
  • 6. Flat warts are most prevalent among teens and children. They are small, white or flesh-colored growths with flat tops that usually occur in clusters. As many as a hundred flat warts could appear in any one area. They most often occur on the face or areas that are shaved often, such as the legs in females. Shaving can hasten their spread rapidly, so those patients with flat warts should opt for a depilatory instead of a razor to remove unwanted hair. Flat warts Before After Interested in learning more or setting up an appointment? Call 402.334.7546 or visit http://www.LovelySkin.com/Warts to browse our full selection of products.
  • 7. Molluscum contagiosum is a highly contagious type of wart that is characterized by a small white, pink or flesh-colored bump with a dimple in the center. The bumps are usually painless but can become itchy or swollen. Like other warts, molluscum contagiosum is passed through person-to-person contact. It’s most common in children and those with weakened immune systems as well as parts of the world with warm, moist climates and crowded conditions. Bumps can be easily spread to other parts of the body through scratching and contact. Molluscum contagiosum Before After Interested in learning more or setting up an appointment? Call 402.334.7546 or visit http://www.LovelySkin.com/Warts to browse our full selection of products.
  • 8. Genital warts are one of the most common types of sexually transmitted infections. Caused by the human papillomavirus, they are spread through sexual contact. Women are somewhat more likely to develop genital warts, which can occasionally cause cervical cancer. There is a vaccine available to prevent genital warts, and though it isn’t offered at Skin Specialists of Omaha, Dr. Schlessinger recommends it for all teens and young adults. Genital warts Before After Interested in learning more or setting up an appointment? Call 402.334.7546 or visit http://www.LovelySkin.com/Warts to browse our full selection of products.
  • 9. Though preventing contact with all wart-causing viruses can seem as impossible as avoiding germs altogether, there are several things you can do to lessen your chances of developing them. Get any skin abnormalities that could potentially be unknown warts checked out and treated if necessary. Always wear shoes in moist public places like showers and pools. Don’t share towels, clothing or shoes with others, especially if you know they have warts. Avoid bathing children together to prevent spreading warts between them. The molluscum contagiosum virus is especially contagious and some experts believe it can spread through water. How can I prevent warts? Before After Interested in learning more or setting up an appointment? Call 402.334.7546 or visit http://www.LovelySkin.com/Warts to browse our full selection of products.
  • 10. Topical over-the-counter products are sometimes successful, though many leave the wart larger and inflamed. Some patients have had luck with applying duct tape to stimulate the immune system and then using an emory board to file the wart away. Applying salicylic acid is another safe way to treat warts at home. However, Dr. Schlessinger recommends seeking the opinion of an expert before taking matters into your own hands. What might appear to be a wart at first glance could be a mole, skin tag or other growth, and it’s best to be sure that you aren’t attempting to treat a more serious problem. Avoid purchasing unproven remedies or “miracle” products over the Internet to treat warts. Can I use over-the-counter products to treat warts? Before After Interested in learning more or setting up an appointment? Call 402.334.7546 or visit http://www.LovelySkin.com/Warts to browse our full selection of products.
  • 11. Though there are countless treatments available for warts, no treatment boasts a 100% success rate. The good news is that the treatments that Dr. Joel Schlessinger offers at Skin Specialists of Omaha produce a 50-75% success rate. Though there’s always a chance that the wart could appear again in the same spot, the odds are good that you’ll remain wart-free. The following are a few effective treatments for warts. What are some other treatments for warts? Before After Interested in learning more or setting up an appointment? Call 402.334.7546 or visit http://www.LovelySkin.com/Warts to browse our full selection of products.
  • 12. Dr. Schlessinger prefers the poison method to treat warts. The diluted poison, dinitrochlorobenzene, or DNCB, is applied to the wart. The poison then causes an immune response that wards off wart-causing viruses. After a short series of treatments, the wart usually disappears. The poison method Before After Interested in learning more or setting up an appointment? Call 402.334.7546 or visit http://www.LovelySkin.com/Warts to browse our full selection of products.
  • 13. Laser removal utilizes an intense beam of light to destroy the wart tissue. This treatment is usually only used for large or widespread warts. There is an increased risk of post-procedure scarring, as well as an increased chance that the warts will reoccur. Laser wart removal Before After Interested in learning more or setting up an appointment? Call 402.334.7546 or visit http://www.LovelySkin.com/Warts to browse our full selection of products.
  • 14. Cryotherapy involves using liquid nitrogen, or extreme cold, to freeze the wart off. Within one to four treatments, the wart is usually gone. Many over-the-counter products promise to freeze warts using dimethyl ether and propane, but it’s always best to seek professional care to maximize effectiveness and minimize the risk of scarring. Cryotherapy Before After Interested in learning more or setting up an appointment? Call 402.334.7546 or visit http://www.LovelySkin.com/Warts to browse our full selection of products.
  • 15. Electrosurgery involves burning the wart while curettage involves cutting it off with a special tool. The two treatments may be used in conjunction with one another to effectively remove the wart. Burning or cutting Before After Interested in learning more or setting up an appointment? Call 402.334.7546 or visit http://www.LovelySkin.com/Warts to browse our full selection of products.
  • 16. A chemical peel may be applied over a series of treatments to gradually reduce warts until they disappear altogether. These peels often contain strong concentrations of effective ingredients such as glycolic acid, tretinoin or salicylic acid. Chemical peels Before After Interested in learning more or setting up an appointment? Call 402.334.7546 or visit http://www.LovelySkin.com/Warts to browse our full selection of products.
  • 17. Spirulina is a blue-green algae packed with vitamins and minerals. It’s known to strengthen the immune system and improve skin and nails. Dr. Schlessinger recommends taking spirulina in oral supplement form to help expedite the natural repair process for warts. Spirulina Before After Interested in learning more or setting up an appointment? Call 402.334.7546 or visit http://www.LovelySkin.com/Warts to browse our full selection of products.
  • 18. Since some wart removal treatments carry a risk for scarring, you’ll need to choose aftercare products that will help your skin repair quickly and safely. LovelySkin.com carries a wide range of products for scarring and healing that are personally selected and recommended by Dr. Joel Schlessinger. Wart removal aftercare Before After Interested in learning more or setting up an appointment? Call 402.334.7546 or visit http://www.LovelySkin.com/Warts to browse our full selection of products.
  • 19. Kinerase Scar Healing Therapy is a gel formula that improves the appearance of red, raised scars. Using the highest-grade silicone available, it is clinically proven to minimize the look, color, tenderness and coarseness of old and new scars. Kinerase Scar Healing Therapy Before After Interested in learning more or setting up an appointment? Call 402.334.7546 or visit http://www.LovelySkin.com/Warts to browse our full selection of products.
  • 20. SkinMedica Scar Recovery gel with Centelline™ is an innovative treatment that can help you avoid scarring. It’s perfect for applying to post-procedure incisions to repair distressed skin and promote healing. SkinMedica Scar Recovery Gel with Centelline™ Before After Interested in learning more or setting up an appointment? Call 402.334.7546 or visit http://www.LovelySkin.com/Warts to browse our full selection of products.
  • 21. Avene Cicaldate Restorative Skin Cream’s powerful formula reduces the risk of infection and helps create an optimal environment for healing. Perfect for sensitive skin, this cream contains thermal spring water to gently and effectively treat recovering areas. Avene Cicalfate Restorative Skin Cream Before After Interested in learning more or setting up an appointment? Call 402.334.7546 or visit http://www.LovelySkin.com/Warts to browse our full selection of products.
  • 22. The light, non-greasy formula of Obagi Medical Dermatix Ultra Advanced Scar Treatment helps to maintain the skin’s moisture balance and relieve the itching and irritation associated with healing. Silicone gel helps to smooth, flatten and reduce discoloration of the skin following treatment. Obagi Medical Dermatix Ultra Advanced Scar Treatment Before After Interested in learning more or setting up an appointment? Call 402.334.7546 or visit http://www.LovelySkin.com/Warts to browse our full selection of products.
  • 23. Jan Marini BioShield Rapid Recovery Complex is a silicon-based treatment that provides superior barrier protection and repair for post- procedure skin. Using a blend of growth factors, peptides and hyaluronic acid, it keeps skin safe from environmental stressors and speeds the healing process. Jan Marini BioShield Rapid Recovery Complex Before After Interested in learning more or setting up an appointment? Call 402.334.7546 or visit http://www.LovelySkin.com/Warts to browse our full selection of products.
  • 24. Here’s how you can find out more about Dr. Joel Schlessinger: - Facebook http://www.facebook.com/drjoelschlessinger - Twitter http://www.twitter.com/drschlessinger - Blogs http://drjoelschlessinger.com/ http://drjoelschlessinger.wordpress.com/ Interested in learning more or setting up an appointment? Call 402.334.7546 or visit http://www.LovelySkin.com/Warts to browse our full selection of products.

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