Warts services offered in Rockville, MD

About Warts

Warts are small, grainy growths that spread easily and can form across many areas of the body. If you or your child need safe and effective solutions for warts, turn to the board-certified dermatologists at Shady Grove Dermatology in Rockville, Maryland. They can find a treatment method that aligns with your lifestyle and is highly effective. For more information, call the office or book an appointment online today.

Warts Q&A

What are warts?

Warts are small growths that can be found almost anywhere on the body but usually form on the feet or hands. They result from the human papillomavirus (HPV) finding its way past the skin’s protective barrier and producing benign, grainy growths.

Warts may be flat or domed, blend in with the skin, or be lighter or darker. While they are usually painless and noncancerous, they spread easily and can recur, so getting professional care for warts is often your best option.

What kinds of warts are there?

The team at Shady Grove Dermatology treats a range of wart types, including:

Common warts

These are typical warts that usually form on the toes, knees, or the back of your fingers.

Filiform warts

Sometimes referred to as facial warts, filiform warts are long, narrow, and flesh-colored warts that form on the neck or near the lips or eyelids.

Flat (plane) warts

Flat warts are also found on the face or forehead and usually appear in multiple white or flesh-colored warts with slightly raised surfaces. They’re more typically seen in children or teens.

Genital warts

Genital warts form near the genitals or pubic region. They can also spread inside the mouth, anal canal, or vagina. They are transmitted sexually and are very contagious.

Plantar warts

If you notice small growths on the soles of your feet, they are likely plantar warts. They spread easily and can become painful, so seek solutions as soon as possible.

Subungual and periungual warts

These warts are rough growths around your fingernails or toenails. While they start as minuscule lesions, they grow to become rough, irregularly bordered bumps the size of peas, requiring professional care.

How are warts treated?

After a thorough skin evaluation, your provider at Shady Grove Dermatology may recommend:

  • Cryotherapy
  • Electrosurgery
  • Laser surgery
  • Nonprescription freezing products
  • Salicylic acid preparations

Your provider will start with the simplest treatments and see how your warts respond. If you don’t see a marked improvement in 4-12 weeks, the team will assess your condition and recommend stronger alternatives.

Don’t hesitate to reach out to your provider if you notice any genital warts or if a wart becomes painful or changes appearance, including color.

Contact the Shady Grove Dermatology office by phone or online today to learn more about safe and effective wart removal options.