You can try a home remedy for warts, but these methods often aren’t effective or can take a long time. Meanwhile, warts are highly contagious — you may even spread them on your own body — so professional wart removal may be a better option. The doctors at the Mohs Surgery & Dermatology Center have numerous treatment techniques, including therapies that work for hard-to-treat or recurring warts. To schedule an appointment, use the online booking tool or call one of the offices in Elgin, Huntley, Crystal Lake, and Fox Lake, Illinois.
Warts are noncancerous growths caused by certain types of human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV spreads through direct contact with another person who has the virus, sharing an item they touched or walking barefoot in areas where the virus thrives, such as dirt or damp places like pools.
The virus gets into your skin through a small cut or wound, then it takes 2-6 months for the wart to appear.
Warts may go away on their own, but while you wait, you may spread the virus to someone else or transfer it to another location on your body.
Schedule an appointment when you want the wart removed or when your warts:
It’s also important to have your warts evaluated if you’re not sure whether they’re warts or when a large number of warts suddenly appear.
The doctors at the Mohs Surgery & Dermatology Center may use one of the following treatments to remove your wart:
If your warts resist treatment or recur, your doctor may consider laser therapy, a chemical peel, or immunotherapy. Immunotherapy, which is often a topical medication, stimulates your immune system to fight warts.
If you’re ready to get rid of your warts, call Mohs Surgery & Dermatology Center or book an appointment online.