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What Type of Doctor Treats Warts?


The type of doctor that treats warts is a dermatologist.

More Info: Though any physician can treat warts, a dermatologist specializes in skin disorders.

What Is a Dermatologist?

A dermatologist is physician who specializes in skin treatment and care.  After receiving a medical degree and an internship, a dermatologist will acquire three more years of specialty training in the field of skin, hair, and nails.  Focusing exclusively on the problems and disorders of the skin on a daily basis, as well as keeping current with the latest research and technology dedicated to this area make the dermatologist the most qualified to treat your skin disorders including warts.

What Are Warts?

Warts are skin growths caused by the human papillomavirus, or HPV.  Common warts are generally painless, small raised bumps growing on the outermost layer of the skin and are rough to the touch.  Common warts most often develop on the hands in areas where the skin has been broken such as that of a hangnail.  Due to their appearance, these warts are often referred to as seed warts because the blood vessel to the wart looks like a small, black dot in the center of the wart.

How Your Dermatologist May Treat Warts

There are many options to treat warts but there is always the potential of recurrence as warts are a symptom of a virus.  Some warts simply disappear over time.  Home treatment includes swabbing the wart with salicylic acid.  This treatment may take several weeks to show results.  The dermatologist may use a similar treatment in the office with the application of cantharidin. This solution will cause a blister to form under the wart and the doctor can then clip off the wart in the roof of the blister within a week.

Your dermatologist may opt for a variety of effective in-office treatments depending on your situation including cryotherapy, electrosurgery, and laser treatment.



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