You can shove your hands in your pockets and pretend they’re not there, but it doesn’t take long for warts to become too frustrating to ignore.
And that’s where we come in.
Warts are common, impacting nearly 10% of the population. Fortunately, they’re also easy to eliminate. Dr. Divina Averilla, our expert at Love Your Body Medical Spa, is dedicated to bringing you the best removal treatments to help you get a handle on your warts.
Where do warts come from?
Warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). If you know anything about HPV, you may know it can cause cervical cancer.
It may sound scary that warts come from this virus, but there are over 200 types of HPV, and only a handful of them can be cancerous. Other types cause those small, grainy bumps to crop up on your hands and fingers.
Most forms of HPV spread through casual skin contact or shared objects like towels or washcloths. You can also contract the virus through breaks in your skin, such as hangnails or scrapes. Bad habits like biting your nails can also open your skin up to infection.
It’s important to note that everyone’s immune system responds differently to HPV — even if you come into contact with the virus, you might not develop warts.
What are your treatment options?
If the worst happens and you do develop warts, you shouldn’t panic right away. In general, warts aren’t dangerous, though they can be painful and embarrassing. The good news is that there’s a way to get rid of them without incisions or harsh chemicals.
We harness the power of radiofrequency (RF) energy to safely and gently remove your warts. During your treatment, we place an RF device against your skin to allow the energy to penetrate your wart and remove it layer by layer.
Depending on the size and location of your wart, we may use a fine needle electrode, wire loop electrode, or a scalpel blade attached to an electrode.
RF treatments are better than other wart removal methods because they’re far less invasive and come with no risk of bleeding or infection afterward. Our patients also enjoy faster recovery because the energy waves are gentle and result in less scarring.
Is there anything you can do to prevent them?
Once you’ve said goodbye to your warts, we can bet that your first thought is likely how to avoid getting them in the future. Preventing warts can be as simple as following these commonsense hygiene tips:
- Wash your hands regularly
- Don’t pick at any existing warts
- Cover warts with a bandage until you can get treated
- Keep your hands and feet dry
- Wear shower shoes in locker rooms and communal bathing facilities
These healthy habits can also keep warts from spreading to other areas of your body before you see us to have them removed.
Warts are frustrating, but they don’t have to be permanent. Call or click to schedule an appointment with us at our Las Vegas office today.