Why You Shouldn't Leave a Wart Untreated

Why You Shouldn't Leave a Wart Untreated

If you’ve noticed the lumps and bumps of a wart on your skin, you’re far from alone. Roughly 10% of the world’s population develops one at some point, and that percentage is up to triple in school-aged kids. 

While warts might seem annoying from an appearance standpoint, there are other reasons to address them early on.

At Northstar Dermatology in North Richland Hills, Texas, our expert team of board-certified dermatologists diagnoses and effectively treats warts to protect you from bothersome complications.

Take a few minutes to learn more about warts, including why you shouldn’t let one go untreated.

Types of warts

Warts come in a range of types, locations, and sizes. Some of the most common types of warts include:

What causes warts

The human papillomavirus (HPV) causes most warts. While some HPV strains spread through sexual contact, most spread through casual contact or sharing items like washcloths with someone who has it. 

If you have a break in your skin, such as a scrape or opening from biting your nails, HPV can invade. 

Why you should address your warts ASAP

If you have one or more warts, you can rest easy for one important reason: They aren’t cancerous. 

Still, ignoring a wart is never a good idea. Warts are highly contagious, which means you can develop more warts throughout your skin and spread them to others. On top of that, some warts are quite painful.

Roughly half of warts go away on their own within one year, but a lot of spreading and potential pain can unfold in that time. In addition, you may wish to do away with warts that make you feel self-conscious. 

Treatment for warts

Treatment for your warts depends on factors such as the body area they affect and the type and the size. To destroy or remove your warts, we at Northstar Dermatology may recommend:

To learn more about warts or to get the care you need, call our office or request an appointment through our website link today.

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