Warts are growths caused by infection of the skin with the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV).  The common wart can be found anywhere on the body in any age group.  Because warts are caused by viruses, it can be transmitted to other parts of the body as well as to other individuals.

There are many different types of warts, caused by different subtypes of the Human Papilloma Virus. The typical wart is rough and grayish.   However, warts may appear differently depending on its location and its type.   It is important to seek treatment for warts as soon as they appear, to prevent further growth and spread of the wart.

Genital warts are a specific type of wart that is considered a sexually transmitted disease.  Genital warts should always be evaluated and treated to prevent transmission to the other partner.  Some genital warts have the potential to transform into squamous cell carcinoma, so early evaluation and treatment is always recommended.

There are a number of different treatments for warts, including topical creams,  liquid nitrogen, and shave removal.  The most appropriate treatment will be determined by your dermatologist during your consultation.

Dr. Julia Tzu

Dr. Julia Tzu is a double board certified dermatologist who specializes in Mohs and reconstructive skin surgery, laser surgery, and cosmetic dermatology. She is one very few dermatologists in the world who has devoted additional years of formalized fellowship training in both Mohs surgery as well as dermatopathology, making her amongst the most highly trained and elite dermatologists.


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