Warts appear as bumps on the skin and they may be skin-colored, brown, or gray-black. Sometimes they are raised and other times are somewhat flat. If you look closely, you may notice little black dots in them, which represent tiny blood vessels located within the wart.
Warts can grow on any part of your body and are contagious because a virus called the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) causes them. Anyone can get warts and some people are more prone to getting them than others. There are over 60 strains of HPV.
Warts commonly occur in areas of broken or injured skin and can be spread to others areas of the body by scratching or picking at the wart. Many times warts resolve without any treatment, especially in children.
Over-the-counter and in-office treatments of warts are challenging as it almost always takes time and multiple repeated treatments. If you suspect that you have warts, talk with your integrative dermatologist to discuss over-the-counter topical and oral treatments/supplements as well as in-office procedures.
Sometimes warts can mimic skin cancer so be sure to have any new or suspicious growth evaluated by your dermatologist.