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Wart Removal

Island Dermatology -  - Board Certified Dermatologist

Island Dermatology

Board Certified Dermatologists located in Newport Beach, CA & Glendora, CA & Downey, CA & Santa Ana, CA & Victorville, CA

Warts are common, generally harmless growths that often develop in children but could affect you at any age. If your warts are uncomfortable or troublesome, board-certified dermatologists Navid Nami, DO, and Leila Ettefagh, MD, at Island Dermatology can help. They provide expert wart removal services at their offices in Newport Beach, Glendora, Downey, Santa Ana, and Victorville, California. To arrange the removal of your warts, call the Island Dermatology office closest to you or book an appointment online today.

Wart Removal Q & A

What are warts?

Warts are common skin growths that develop after infection with the human papillomavirus (HPV). They spread through direct contact and are particularly common in school-age children.

There are different types of warts, including:

Common warts

Common warts can develop on any dry skin, but they're most likely to come up on your hands. They may form clusters.

Flat warts

Flat warts are less noticeable than common warts. They often develop on the face or legs.

Plantar warts

Plantar warts or verrucas come up on your feet. They may be uncomfortable if they're in a part of your foot that bears a lot of weight.

Why might I need wart treatment?

You might need wart treatment if your warts are uncomfortable or unsightly. Warts are widespread due to HPV (the wart virus) being so common, although many people who come in contact with HPV don't develop warts because their immune system attacks the virus.

Warts develop when HPV enters your skin via a scratch or wound. The infected skin cells start growing and reproducing more quickly, which produces thickened bumps of skin. It could take around 12 months for warts to appear following infection.

You don't have to treat your warts, and they may well disappear of their own accord after a while. However, it could take as long as five to seven years for an adult's warts to go away (two years for children), which is a long time if your warts are troublesome.

What wart treatments are available?

There are numerous possible wart treatments you could try. Two of the main ones are:

Salicylic acid

With this treatment, you put a salicylic acid solution over the warts several times each day, peeling the old layers off before reapplying. It can take quite a few weeks to get rid of warts completely using this method, but for some patients, it does hasten the departure of warts.


Cryotherapy is a treatment where your provider at Island Dermatology applies liquid nitrogen to your warts. Liquid nitrogen is extremely cold, so it destroys the top layer of skin cells. This method is generally more successful than using salicylic acid.

Other treatment options include:

  • 5-fluorouracil and bleomycin ointment or injections to stop cell growth
  • Antiviral medications like acyclovir or imiquimod and zinc
  • Cutting or scraping warts off (curettage)
  • Laser surgery
  • Pulsed dye laser treatment
  • Erbium YAG laser
  • Photodynamic therapy

It's not advisable to cut warts out as it can result in scarring and may cause an infection. It's also unreliable, as new warts often grow in the same place.

Find out more about the best way of treating your warts by calling Island Dermatology or book an appointment online today.


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