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Warts are small, noncancerous growths on the skin that are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). There are several different types of warts, including common warts, plantar warts, flat warts, and genital warts.


Warts are highly contagious and can be spread through direct skin-to-skin contact or by sharing personal items such as towels or razors with someone who has the virus. They can also be spread by touching surfaces that have been contaminated with the virus.


While warts are generally harmless, they can be unsightly and may cause discomfort or embarrassment. Treatment options for warts include:

  • Topical medications: Over-the-counter and prescription medications can be applied directly to the wart to help remove it. These medications work by causing the skin cells to shed, which eventually causes the wart to disappear.
  • Cryotherapy: This involves freezing the wart with liquid nitrogen, which causes it to blister and fall off.
  • Electrosurgery: This involves using an electric current to burn the wart off the skin.
  • Laser therapy: This involves using a laser to burn the wart off the skin.
  • Surgery: In some cases, warts may need to be surgically removed if they are large or resistant to other treatments.

If you have warts, it’s important to seek professional treatment to ensure they are properly diagnosed and treated. Our team of expert dermatologists can provide personalized treatment plans that fit your unique needs. Contact us at 202-737-6800 to schedule an appointment and take the first step towards clearer, healthier skin.