What are warts?
Warts are small growths that are typically hard, bumpy, or rough in texture and grow faster than normal skin. The appearance may look similar to a callus or a solid blister that is brown or flesh-colored. A wart is typically painless, but may be aesthetically displeasing. If they grow in a spot where you regularly apply pressure like bottom of the foot, they may cause minor discomfort or pain.
What are the causes?
Warts are caused by an infection of the human papillomavirus (HPV) and are relatively harmless, although they are contagious and spread by skin-to-skin contact. They can occur anywhere on the body, most commonly on the hands, feet and genitals.
Treatments for warts in the greater Los Angeles area
At the Dermatology and Laser Centre, we will assess your condition and may suggest using laser treatments like the VBeam and Levulan Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) to precisely target and destroy warts with an intense beam of light.* Laser treatments are typically considered after other medical options have failed to treat the wart, or if the wart is big and spans over a large area. If you’d like to have a wart removed, schedule your consultation at one of our two locations: Simi Valley and Studio City.
*Individual results may vary; not a guarantee.
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