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Do you think you have a wart and need a consultation from your Prairieville and Baton Rouge, LA, doctor?
Warts come in all different shapes, forms, and color: flat, smooth, dome-shaped, cauliflower-like and light or dark. Although you don't need to worry about warts being cancerous, they can still be an unsightly image. Read on to learn how Drs. William Massengale, Jessica LeBlanc, and Ashley Record, in Prairieville and Baton Rouge, LA, can help take care of your wart issue!
More about Warts
Wart are transmitted from person-to-person and from one body part to another. They're usually painless and may not need medication to be treated, but it does take time for them to go away.
Types of warts include,
- Common Warts: These skin-colored warts appear on the back of fingers, toes, and knees.
- Filiform Warts: These warts are long, narrow, and flesh-colored stalks that appear around a person's eyelids, face, neck, or lips.
- Plantar Warts: These warts appear on children's feet and are usually flesh-colored.
- Genital Warts: These warts are flesh-colored, red, or pink and appear in the genital and/or around the anus.
- Flat warts: These warts are smooth, flat and small. Teenagers are more susceptible to this white, slightly raised, flesh-colored warts.
- Subungual and periungual warts: These pin-sized warts grow to be pea-sized and appear as rough growths around the fingernails and/or toenails.
During a consultation at one of our offices in either Prairieville or Baton Rouge, your dermatologists may recommend one of the following treatment approaches:
- Cryotherapy: Liquid nitrogen that freezes off the wart.
- Electrosurgery: Electric current that kills tissue.
- Salicylic acid preparations: Gels, pads, drops, and plasters that dissolve the wart in 4 to 6 weeks.
Schedule Your Consultation Today!
You shouldn't ignore warts. If you have any questions or concerns, make sure to dial (225) 313-4560 to contact your Prairieville and Baton Rouge, LA, dermatologists today!
Warts. No one wants them, but most everyone seems to get them at one time or other in their lives. Children are particularly prone to this benign raised bump of skin on the hand, foot or face. What can you do to rid yourself of these unsightly skin lesions? Dr. Trent Massengale, Dr. Jessica LeBlanc and Dr. Ashley Record at Atlas Dermatology in Baton Rouge and Prairieville, LA, diagnose and treat the many different kinds of warts so you enjoy the clearest skin possible.
Causes and kinds of warts
Whether flat or bumpy, all warts are benign and painless. Caused by the Human Papillomavirus, or HPV, they spread by skin contact. A handshake, "high five" or embrace will do it, and unfortunately, warts grow quickly and stay around a long time. The American Academy of Dermatology says that when skin is cut, bruised or otherwise injured, it is more susceptible to infection with warts.
Types of warts and their locations include:
- Plantar--small, stone-like warts on the weight-bearing surfaces of the foot, such as the heel
- Flat--typically flesh-colored and located on the face
- Common--on the hands or feet
- Filiform--on raised stalks on the face and eyelids
- Subungal--stubborn raised warts around toenails and fingernails
- Genital--spread by intimate contact
Dermatology in Baton Rouge and Prairieville treats warts
Dr. Massengale, Dr. LeBlanc and Dr. Record employ various methods to treat warts and to keep them from returning. One tried and true method is topical application of salicylic acid which basically loosens the various layers of the skin lesion, allowing it to gradually slough off over a period of days to weeks.
Other methods include:
- In-office electrosurgery which uses a mild electric current to kill the skin cells which make up the wart
- Cryotherapy which uses cold nitrous oxide or liquid nitrogen to freeze the wart
- LASER surgery which painlessly burns the wart
Whatever the treatment, your board-certified dermatologist will ensure a comfortable, effective experience that removes the wart and leaves no scar.
What's the best defense against any kind of infection? Just as hand washing (according to Centers for Disease Control standards) helps stop the flu and cold virus, it prevents warts, too. So be sure to wash your hands before eating and after shaking hands and touching public surfaces at the office or supermarket.
Also, trim your nails and moisturize your hands and feet to avoid cracked skin, a common entry for HPV and other germs. Wear sandals of flip-flops in the locker room or public pool.
See your dermatologist
If you think you have a wart or other skin lesion, please contact Atlas Dermatology for an appointment in Baton Rouge and Prairieville, LA. You can have clear, comfortable skin!