Are Warts Contagious?

Skin Infections

At the Dermatology Treatment and Research Center, patients in the Dallas, TX area are encouraged to take the time to learn about a common skin concern called warts.

What are warts?

Warts are essentially benign growths that develop on the skin. They may have what appears as “seeds,” which are visible blood vessels that keep the wart alive. Some patients are more prone to developing warts than others, and it is not known at this point why. However, most will go away on their own and are not a threat to one’s health.

Are warts  contagious?

Unfortunately, warts can be contagious. They can spread from person to person with physical touch. They can also spread to other parts of the body as well. It is important for patients who have warts to wash their hands after touching them, and to use clean towels in public and private spaces. The best way to avoid warts from spreading from person to person or from one area of the body to another is to treat them.

How are warts treated?

Warts may go away on their own, but some may be in an uncomfortable area such as the hands or feet. This is when most patients visit their dermatologist for removal. Wart removal may be achieved with the use of over-the-counter products, though sometimes warts may be resistant to these methods. A dermatologist may be able to use stronger chemical on the wart to kill them off. Another method of removing warts is through freezing, burning, or laser therapies. As a last resort, for warts that do not respond to other treatments, surgical extraction may be required.

Request an appointment today

0If you reside in the area of Dallas, TX and are interested in learning more about warts, we invite you to book a consultation appointment by calling (972) 661-2729. The team of Dermatology Treatment and Research Center, including Dr. Clay Cockerell, are committed to assisting patients with a wide range of medical and cosmetic services. The practice is conveniently located at 5310 Harvest Hill Road, Ste. #160.