Warts are small, benign growths that may appear on any part of the body. Common warts are caused by a virus - the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) - and are therefore contagious.Sometimes they look flat and smooth, other times they have a dome-shaped or cauliflower-like appearance. They occur in people of all ages and can spread from person-to-person and from one part of the body to another

Genital warts appear around the genital and pubic areas. It is also possible to get genital warts inside the vagina and anal canal or in the mouth (known as oral warts). The lesions start small and soft but can become quite large. They often grow in clusters. They are sexually transmitted and highly contagious. Genital warts should always be treated by a physician.

Plantar warts appear on the soles of the feet and can be painful since they are on weight-bearing surfaces. They have a rough, cauliflower-like appearance containing small black specks and interrupting the lines in the skin. When they appear in multiples they are referred to as mosaic warts.

Dr. Oshman uses multiple medical and surgical approaches to treat warts.

  • The thick callus overlying the wart is pared down.
  • Prescription medication is used to destroy the remaining virus.
  • The wart can be surgically removed in the office.

Molluscum are domed shaped warts usually found on children, young adults, and wrestlers. They are caused by a virus - the Poxvirus -and are therefore contagious. Molluscum are transmitted through contact and can easily spread on open skin and by scratching.

Dr. Oshman uses a nonpainful topical medication applied in the office to treat molluscum.

Always contact Dr. Oshman if a wart is causing pain or changes in color or appearance.


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