Warts are skin growths caused by a viral infection in the top layer of the skin (commonly on the hands, feet, knees or elbows) or the mucous membranes (mouth or genitalia). The virus usually enters the skin through an opening, such as a cut or scratch, and incubates for a few months before actually forming a visible wart. Warts can be spread from one part of the body to another and this usually happens through picking or scratching. Although warts are not spread very easily from person to person, they can still be transmitted. It is important to know that genital warts are spread easily from person to person, usually from direct or sexual contact. Patients with genital (venereal) or plantar warts (bottoms of feet) need to have a referral faxed over from their family physician or walk–in clinic to Dr. Sapra at the Institute of Cosmetic and Laser Surgery. Other types of warts include flat warts, filiform warts and common warts. Treatment for warts includes liquid nitrogen, laser treatment (PDL) and CO2 laser.
To find out if wart removal is right for you, please contact our knowledgeable staff at our Oakville office, between Hamilton and Toronto, Ontario for your consultation. Dr. Sheetal Sapra and our nursing staff will be able to provide you with all of the information you need to make the most informed decision.