WART REMOVAL NYC
WART & MOLLUSCUM REMOVAL
Wart removal in NYC can treat unsightly warts and molluscum to improve the appearance of your skin. These growths can appear anywhere on the body, including the face, hands, and feet. Although they are benign, warts and molluscum can be a nuisance for patients. These growths can range in color, size, and appearance. Many warts are resistant to at-home treatments, making them difficult to address without professional help. Our dermatologists have a wide range of treatment options and can provide a wart removal treatment that’s best for you.
WHAT ARE WARTS AND MOLLUSCUM?
Warts and molluscum are the most common types of viral skin infections. They are benign epidermal eruptions that can vary in color, size, and appearance. They can be flat and smooth, thick and bumpy, or project off the skin. Warts can appear anywhere on the body, but most commonly appear on the hands, face, and feet. Molluscum contagiosum (also known as water warts) is caused by a virus from the pox family. Warts and molluscum are common clinical problems in children. These growths may be resistant to at-home treatments.
WHERE DO WARTS COME FROM?
Warts are a result of a viral infection in the outer layer of the skin. They are caused by exposure to viruses in the (HPV) human papillomavirus family. There are more than one hundred types of HPV and they are near impossible to avoid. Warts are especially common on the hands, because if there is a small cut or scratch, then the virus invades the skin through the open wound. It is typical that individuals come into contact with many strands of HPV through the day-to-day use of their hands.
Warts are more common in children, as their immune systems are less developed. In adults, it’s common to get warts from shaving. If a woman nicks her legs or a man nicks his beard while shaving, then that open cut is susceptible to getting an infection. Keeping a clean razor and not shaving over a wart will help prevent the spreading of that wart. The virus can survive on surfaces that have been touched by the skin of someone with molluscum contagiosum. So, it’s possible to contract the virus by handling sports equipment, towels, clothing, toys, or other items that have been contaminated.
ARE WARTS CONTAGIOUS?
Yes. Warts are a result of a viral infection of the skin and they are contagious. A wart can spread by contact with the wart or something that has touched the wart. This is why wart removal is necessary. Be careful not to cut them open or the pick at them, as this will only cause them to spread.
WHO IS AT THE GREATEST RISK OF CONTRACTING MOLLUSCUM CONTAGIOSUM?
Some people are at higher risk of becoming infected than others. Those at greatest risk include: children between the ages of one and ten, people who live in tropical climates, people who participate in skin-to-skin contact sports, people with a weakened immune system, and people with atopic dermatitis.
HOW IS MOLLUSCUM DIFFERENT FROM OTHER WARTS?
Molluscum contagiosum is a breakout of several warts (usually around twenty) on one localized area of the body. Molluscum warts are shinier than common warts and are usually bright pink, but can also be flesh-colored. They are often indented in the center. These warts stem from the same virus as chickenpox and are transmitted through direct contact with an infected person.
HOW IS WART REMOVAL IN NYC PERFORMED?
Some over-the-counter products are able to treat molluscum or warts and sometimes these growths disappear on their own. However, because molluscum shows up in multiples and clusters, they can be extremely difficult to treat. The location of your warts may also inhibit your ability to self-treat. Warts that appear around the genitals, near the eyes, inside the mouth, or around the fingernails and toenails can be difficult to address on your own. A visit with our New York City dermatologist can remedy this skin disorder much faster and much more effectively. Cryotherapy and laser treatments are common wart removal options.*
HOW DO I LEARN MORE ABOUT MOLLUSCUM AND WART REMOVAL IN NYC?
Talk to one of our dermatologists at Dermatology, Laser & Surgery of Carnegie Hill about all of your NYC wart removal options. Our dermatologists can examine your skin and discuss your solutions. Give us a call at 646-661-6131 or request an appointment online for a personal consultation.