Don’t Blame Those Toads for Your Warts

WartsYou’ve heard the wives’ tale — pick up a toad, get a wart. Actually, you could pick up a toad every day and never get a wart. Their bumpy skin isn’t covered with warts.

But if you borrow a towel from someone with a wart, that could get you one.

Other times, you simply get one because you came across the human papilloma virus somewhere else. Most warts usually go away on their own within months or years, but in some cases, you’ll want the experts at Matsuda Dermatology to get rid of them.

What causes a wart to form?

Warts are skin growths that are caused by a virus, the human papilloma virus (HPV). The virus usually infects a person through an area of broken skin. HPV causes the top layer of the skin to grow rapidly; that’s why warts rise above the height of the rest of the normal skin.

Different types of warts

Common warts — Often seen on the hands and arms, common warts are dome-shaped, rough, and grayish-brown in color.

Plantar warts — These grow on the soles of the feet. They are thick, hard patches of skin that cause pain when walking, similar to stepping on a pebble.

Flat warts — These are small warts with flat tops that are candy pink, brown, or yellowish in color. They grow on the face, arms, and legs.

Filliform warts — These skin-colored warts appear to have threadlike growths sticking out of them. They grow around the mouth, nose, or in a beard.

Periungular warts — These warts are uneven and look like rough bumps. They grow under the toenails and fingernails and affect nail growth.

How do warts spread?

Warts can spread from one person to another quite easily. Kissing a toad won’t do it, though. Simply touching another person’s wart can spread the HPV. Also, sharing towels or razors and such can spread them. After infection, warts can take months to actually development.

Getting rid of warts

Most warts don’t require any treatment, as the virus simply runs it course eventually. But if they cause pain, are spreading to other parts of the body, or bother the person, they can be removed. Home treatments can use salicylic acid, but have mixed success because the concentration isn’t usually strong enough. Others swear that duct tape gets rid of warts. At Matsuda, we have a variety of treatments: an injection to kill the virus, cryotherapy (liquid nitrogen freezing), electrosurgery, curettage (scalpel excision), and laser surgery. If the virus isn’t addressed, however, the warts can come back.

So, put down the toad and pick up the phone and call 808-949-7568. Doctors Matsuda and Sheu will take care of those warts for you!