Warts are benign growths on the skin that can be hard and unsightly. They stem from a virus and can be contagious or spread, although they are harmless. They are often seen in children and can picked up in places like swimming pools.
What are warts and why do they form?
Warts are caused by viruses in the HPV (human papillomavirus) family. The virus enters in to the outer layer of your skin, usually through a cut or scratch, such as on the bottom of your foot. Once the virus is in your skin it causes the cells in your skin to multiply and create a raised wart.
These viruses can be found in various forms. Most often people have what are known as common skin warts, and they develop after contracting the virus from an object or through contact with another person, often through a scratch on the skin.
How are warts treated at Ideal Body Institute in Atlanta, GA?
Several treatments are available to remove unsightly warts. Often people come to Ideal Body Institute when home treatments have failed. Coming to us first is the fastest and most effective way to get rid of warts.
They will be treated systematically based on their type and location. We can treat them by:
- Cryosurgery, or freezing them off with liquid nitrogen
- Salicylic acid
- Topical creams
We may suggest a combination of different treatments depending on the wart. The priority is to ensure that they are fully removed, so they don’t return.
How do I prevent warts?
Preventing warts starts with taking care of what your feet and body contact. Many people pick up warts by walking barefoot. Taking care to ensure that your feet are covered and dry, especially if you have a cut, can help prevent warts. Also making sure that cuts on other areas of your body are healed before sharing swimming pools and hot tubs or allowing contact with other people or surfaces.
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