A wart is a benign growth on the surface of our skin caused by a virus, most often on the hands, around the nails, and feet. Sometimes they resolve spontaneously, or they can last a lifetime if not treated.

Get The Facts

Warts happen when the wart virus is transmitted to your skin by touch. They often occur at sites of trauma to the skin, such as small cuts or hangnails. Warts are more common in children and young adults but may occur at any age, especially in individuals with compromised immune systems.


Treatments Options

+ Wart treatment with medication (no referral required for consult)

Frequently Asked Questions

+ + Are warts contagious?

Yes. Because warts are spread by touch, anyone can pick up the virus on contaminated surfaces or by coming into direct contact with a wart.

+ + Will a wart go away on its own?

Warts are variable – they may resolve without treatment, or they may last an entire lifetime if not addressed, it just depends on your body’s immune system. Even the ones that resolve spontaneously may take years to go away. We recommend treating your wart as soon as you notice it, to prevent more warts from spreading to other areas of your body.

+ + What are the tiny black dots in the wart?

Commonly called “seeds” or “roots,” the dark spots in the wart are tiny blood vessels called capillaries that are feeding the wart with blood and oxygen.

+ + How are warts treated?

Many patients try at-home and over-the-counter remedies but if those don’t seem to be working, assessment and treatment with one of our providers are recommended. At our clinic, we have several options for treating warts. Treatments include cryotherapy (freezing the wart), different topicals, and an injection.

+ + How long will a course of treatment take?

Every patient is different. Depending on how long you’ve had the wart, how many are present, your age, how healthy your immune system is, and the type of treatment, it can take anywhere from 4 weeks to 12 months for the wart(s) to heal. We recommend that our patients visit every 2-4 weeks for treatment until the wart is fully healed.

+ + How can I prevent warts from occurring?

Warts cannot be 100% prevented, but there are many ways to minimize your risk of getting a wart. Hand hygiene and keeping the skin healthy, moisturized, and free of cuts are effective ways to decrease wart virus exposure. Also remember to wear sandals and use clean, fresh towels when in public showers or locker rooms.