Warts

Donald B. Feinsod, MD, PC

Dermatologist located in Nassau County, Hewlett, NY

Warts are caused by a virus, one that can take many different forms. Whether you’re dealing with warts on your face, hands, genitals, or anywhere else, you need a highly skilled dermatologist with expertise in skin conditions to help. At the office of Donald B. Feinsod, MD, PC, in Hewlett, New York, you can get the help you need, from wart removal to wart prevention. Book your appointment online or by phone today.

Warts

What are the different kinds of warts?

The different types of warts include:

Common warts

Common warts often grow on the hands. These warts often have a little dark spot of dried blood in their center.

Plantar warts

Plantar warts usually grow on the balls of the feet. It's very common to have dried blood in plantar warts, since you have to walk on them to move. They can grow progressively flatter as pressure pushes them into your feet.

Flat warts

Flat warts are the smallest kind of wart, and they often have a smooth and flat top. They usually grow on the face in kids, and on the legs in adults. Men with beards might have flat warts among their beard hair. Flat warts may grow in clusters.

Filiform warts

Filiform warts look like long strings. They often appear on the face, often around the eyes or mouth. These warts tend to grow fast. 

Genital warts

Genital warts can appear on the inner or outer genitals. They can vary in size, but are often quite small and may sometimes be hard to see initially. Genital warts can be smooth or rough, and they might develop in groups. 

No matter what kind of warts you’ve got, they’re embarrassing and often uncomfortable. In some cases, they can actually be painful. 

How are warts diagnosed?

Dr. Feinsod evaluates your wart with a thorough exam, and he might also remove a tiny sample of skin cells to examine the wart under high magnification. If there's a chance that your wart is actually a malignant tumor, Dr. Feinsod might also perform a biopsy before proceeding with treatment. Once he's diagnosed your exact wart type, you can start treatment immediately.

How are warts treated?

There are many different wart treatments. Dr. Feinsod consults with you to help you choose the best solution. Treatment can depend on the kind of wart, wart location, and other individual factors. Treatments may include one or more of the following. 

  • Medications like retinoids, antibiotics, or oral immunotherapy
  • Topical treatments, such as salicylic acid
  • Laser wart removal
  • Cryosurgery, or freezing the wart off
  • Electrocautery, a combination of electricity and heat 
  • Surgical excision, with local anesthesia

Dr. Feinsod uses the most effective wart removal methods possible to reduce the chances of recurrence. 

For help with warts of any kind, book online or call the office of Donald B. Feinsod, MD, PC, today.