Warts Specialist

MD Dermatology & Laser Center

Sanjiv K. Saini, M.D.

Board Certified Dermatologist & Cosmetic Surgeon located in Gambrills, MD & Edgewater, MD

Warts, frogs, toads, princesses, and princes are found together in children’s fairy tales, but there’s nothing amusing or charming about ugly warts in the real world. If warts are getting between you and healthy skin, call or book an appointment with Sanjiv K. Saini, MD, at MD Dermatology & Laser Center, with offices in Gambrills, Edgewater, and Lexington Park, Maryland.

Warts Q & A

What causes warts?

The human papillomavirus (HPV) causes warts. Specifically, warts occur when the virus enters broken skin — like scratches, hangnails, or skin cut from shaving — and develops an infection. Although anyone can get warts, some people (especially children) seem to be especially prone to getting warts.

Warts are contagious, spreading through contact with the wart or with an object that touched it, such as a towel, razor, nail clipper, or bathmat. Wart sufferers can also spread warts throughout their own body in the same way.

How do I get rid of warts?

Although warts can go away on their own, it can take up to two years, during which new warts may develop. Dr. Saini recommends getting rid of warts as quickly as possible. Mild cases of warts may be treated with over-the-counter wart removers that contain salicylic acid, which removes the wart in stages.

However, if over-the-counter wart removers are not working after a couple months, or your warts are getting worse, it may be best to seek medical attention. It varies from case to case, but the goals of medically-directed wart treatment plans are to not only remove the wart but also to boost the immune system’s response to fighting the virus.

Dr. Saini examines warts and evaluates the best treatment plan, which may include:

  • Freezing the wart, known as cryotherapy
  • Removing the wart using lasers
  • Prescription-strength salicylic, bichloroacetic, or trichloroacetic acid
  • A combination of prescription strength drugs and freezing

Can I prevent warts from forming in the first place?

Although there is no cure for the virus that creates warts, there are many things you can do to prevent outbreaks. They include:

  • Avoiding open cuts
  • Don’t pick or bite your fingernails
  • Keeping skin healthy and moisturized
  • Washing your hands regularly and thoroughly
  • Shaving with sharp razors
  • Avoiding knicking your skin when shaving
  • Cleaning equipment at the gym before exercising
  • Protecting your feet in public locker rooms and showers by wearing flip-flops or sandals

Dr. Saini can help you get and maintain healthy skin. Go online to book your appointment or call MD Dermatology & Laser Center today.


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