Contrary to popular belief, warts are not caused by toads (or frogs, or any other type of amphibian). In fact, warts are simply skin growths associated with human papillomavirus (otherwise known as HPV). Because HPV is contagious, warts can be contagious as well. They are spread by direct contact with HPV or with objects that have come into contact with HPV. In the same way, you can also spread the virus throughout your own body through physical contact. That said, HPV is an incredibly common virus, and while there may be complications associated with HPV, warts of hands are generally treated mainly for aesthetic reasons.
The treatments for warts vary, depending on the type of wart that has developed. In order to get the best possible results, you will want to contact a highly qualified hand specialist, such as Dr. Charles Polsen, who has a great deal of experience treating warts in the Clear Lake, TX, and Houston areas. Patients who have had their warts treated not only help to mitigate how contagious they are, but also feel better about the way that they look.
What Are the Symptoms of Warts?
For better or worse, warts are generally pretty easy to spot. This may not be ideal for some patients, who would rather their warts stay mostly out of sight. However, warts of the hand are usually fairly easy to diagnose. Symptoms of warts will generally include the following:
- Warts will generally be rough in texture
- You may notice small black specks on any warts (these are actually clotted blood vessels)
- Warts will usually have a skin tone, or flesh-colored appearance
- Warts are usually relatively small in size
Again, warts are not usually a big problem in and of themselves, though they can be unsightly and they do carry the human papillomavirus. However, if your warts begin to discharge any fluid and this discharge is painful, or if you have a compromised immune system, you should schedule an appointment with a medical professional immediately.
Treatments for Warts
In many cases, warts will eventually go away on their own. However, many patients are uncomfortable with the appearance of warts on the hand and, unfortunately, there is no way to accurately predict when a wart may disappear. Warts could last days, weeks, or months. There are several options for treating warts, depending on the nature of the wart itself as well as the comforts and desires of the patient. In many cases, a surgeon will simply use a quick dose of liquid nitrogen in order to freeze the wart off.
In other cases, minor surgery or laser surgery may be performed in order to remove warts. Less commonly, there are medications that can be used to treat warts, but most patients pursue other options. In any case, it’s important to have a highly qualified hand surgeon in charge of your hand care, even in cases of removing warts. Dr. Charles Polsen, who has a great deal of experience treating warts in the Houston area at Clear Lake Hand Center, is a highly qualified hand surgeon. If you have warts that you would like to remove, contact Dr. Polsen to get the process started right away.