Warts and Molluscum

Warts are common growths caused by the Human Papilloma Virus, which is present on many surfaces with which we come in contact. Frequent touching and picking of warts may cause them to spread. Although some people may have a natural resistance to warts, it is advisable to avoid direct contact with warts and to wear socks or sandals in places where others go barefoot.

Warts may develop on any part of the body, including the face, scalp, lip, nose, and genital area, as well as more commonly on the hands, feet, elbows, and knees. There are many treatments for warts, which range from gentle home remedies to surgery. While most warts will eventually go away on their own without treatment, painful, growing, or spreading warts usually warrant timely intervention. Depending on the type of warts, their location and other patient factors, we will work to find the best treatments to clear the warts quickly and with minimal discomfort.

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Molluscum contagiosum is a common skin disease caused by a virus that spreads easily from person to person. While molluscum is most common in children, adults can contract it also.

Molluscum, which can appear anywhere on the skin as pink or flesh-colored bumps, spreads by skin-to-skin contact and by sharing towels and clothing. Wrestlers and gymnasts may get it from touching infected mats.

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