Warts Specialist

David B. Shanker, MD -  - Dermatologist

David B. Shanker, MD

Dermatologist located in The Loop, Chicago, IL

Although warts are noncancerous skin growths, they can be irritating and even painful. Fortunately, highly skilled medical dermatologist David B. Shanker, MD, in the Chicago Loop can diagnose and effectively treat all the different types of warts to help you enjoy smooth skin again. Book your appointment using the online tool or call the office to schedule with Dr. Shanker today.

Warts Q & A

What are warts?

Warts are noncancerous lumps and bumps that appear on your skin's uppermost layer. Human papillomavirus (HPV) causes warts, and you may be especially susceptible to HPV when you have skin openings like cuts.

Children tend to develop warts more often than adults because most adults become immune to HPV. Although warts aren't usually a health danger, the HPV virus can potentially spread to other people. Warts can also be painful, uncomfortable, and embarrassing.

What are the different kinds of warts?

There are many kinds of warts, including:

  • Common warts: usually on hands, may feature small dots of dried blood
  • Flat warts: small bumps with a level top, usually grow in clusters
  • Filiform warts: long, thin skin growths, usually on the face
  • Plantar warts: hard warts on feet bottoms, can be pushed in when you walk

Molluscum contagiosum, often called water warts, is technically a skin infection rather than an actual wart. Water warts are tiny bumps that tend to grow in clusters.

Regardless of the kind of warts you have, Dr. Shanker can diagnose and treat them promptly and effectively.

What is the treatment for warts?

With any kind of warts, the main focus is eliminating the virus that caused them. Dr. Shanker may do this in several ways, based on your specific warts and your individual needs. Some of the most common treatments for warts can include the following.

  • Surgical excision: Dr. Shanker surgically removes the entire wart
  • Cryosurgery: freezes the wart so Dr. Shanker can excise it
  • Cantharidin solution: a liquid creates a blister below the wart so Dr. Shanker can clip it off
  • Electrosurgery plus curettage: burns the wart so Dr. Shanker can scrape it away
  • Laser surgery: used for removal for warts that don't respond to other treatments

In some cases, oral medication may be helpful in wart treatment. For example, if you have an infected wart you may need antibiotics. You may also need oral immunotherapy or interferon injections to help your body eliminate the wart virus.

Because warts come from a virus, they can sometimes return if the virus isn't completely removed from your body. Dr. Shanker always treats warts as fully as possible to prevent their return. If your warts do come back, get treatment immediately for the best long-term results.

Use online booking or call David B. Shanker, MD, to schedule your appointment today.