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Warts Q&A

A Private Medical Practice & Dermatologist located in Grapevine, TX

Warts services offered in Grapevine, TX

While not usually cause for concern, warts can diminish the appearance of skin, make it feel rough, or embarrass you. At his private practice in Grapevine, Texas, board-certified dermatologist James R. Bond, Jr., MD, PA, removes warts using a variety of highly effective methods. Call his office to learn more or use the online booking feature today.

What are warts?

Warts are small, flesh-colored skin growths that often appear on your hands, fingers, or toes. When left untreated, they can get larger and spread to other areas of your body. Treatment for warts involves removing them to improve the look and feel of your skin.

What do warts look like?

The symptoms of warts include:

  • Grainy skin growths
  • Lumps that are rough to the touch
  • Skin growths containing tiny black dots
  • Fleshy bumps

Warts often begin as small lumps, but they may increase in size over time. It can take up to six months to develop warts after getting exposed to the human papillomavirus (a virus that causes warts). 

What are the risk factors for developing warts?

Risk factors for developing warts include:

  • Skin-to-skin contact
  • Shared objects
  • Breaks in your skin
  • Biting your nails
  • Being a child or young adult
  • Weakened immune system

To reduce your chance of getting warts, avoid touching warts, don’t pick at them, and don’t bite your nails. Avoid walking barefoot in community areas.

How does my doctor diagnose warts?

Dr. Bond diagnoses warts after looking at unusual growths on your skin. He may scrape off the top layer of a growth to look for clotted blood vessels, a hallmark sign of warts. Dr. Bond might also take a biopsy by removing a small section of a wart and sending it to a lab for analysis. 

How are warts treated?

Many warts go away on their own over time, but it could take a year or longer for this to happen. If you’d like to have a wart removed, Dr. Bond offers various methods, including:

  • Freezing
  • Salicylic acid
  • Other types of acids
  • Laser treatment
  • Excision (minor surgery)

He can numb the treatment area and remove an entire wart to get rid of it or use other methods, depending on the size of the wart and your preferences. 

For larger warts, you may need more than one treatment to make them go away. Dr. Bond tailors each wart treatment to match your personalized needs. He follows up with you to ensure treated warts go away.

To have undesirable warts removed, call James R. Bond, Jr., MD, PA, or use the online scheduler today.