Warts are benign skin growths that develop when a strain of the HPV virus infects the top layer of skin. A few types of warts include flat warts, common warts, and plantar warts. Warts are contagious and usually require some form of treatment to resolve them.
A dermatologist can tell right away if you have a wart, but in rare cases a biopsy is performed. Warts are common in children and they often go away without any treatment. This isn’t always the case with adults. Ogden Clinic dermatologists have many options to remove warts in adults and children. Some options include:
Molluscum contagiosum is an infection caused by a poxvirus, and is usually found in children. It manifests as a benign, mild skin disease characterized by wart-like growths that may appear anywhere on the body. While molluscum eventually clears on its own, early treatment can prevent it from spreading to other parts of the body and from infecting other people. Ogden Clinic dermatologists offer several options for molluscum treatment, including cryosurgery, curettage, and laser treatment.
Skin tags are another benign growth on the skin where a flap of skin hangs off the connecting stalk. Skin tags are both harmless and painless. They do not need to be removed but can be if they cause a cosmetic concern or are otherwise bothersome.
Visit an Ogden Clinic dermatologist to discuss the best way to remove your skin tag(s). We have several options for skin tag removal including cryosurgery, excision, cauterization, and other surgical methods.