Warts

Warts are non-cancerous skin growths caused by a viral infection in the top layer of the skin. Warts are passed from person to person and can occur almost anywhere on the body. We offer a wide variety of successful treatments for warts and are able to customize treatments for each patient.

The treatments for warts include prescription creams applied to the warts daily, oral medications, freezing the warts with liquid nitrogen, or an injection of medication into the warts.

At Advanced Dermatology, we often use injections as these are more highly effective than other treatments, especially if the warts are on the bottom of the feet or the palms of the hands.  There are two different medications which can be injected into warts. One medication is an anti-cancer drug called bleomycin. This works by killing rapidly dividing cells, which are typical of skin cells that have become infected with wart virus.  This is sometimes effective with a single treatment or visit.  The medication is injected in an extremely tiny amount and is not absorbed into the bloodstream, so there are no side effects like those that would usually be expected from a cancer drug.  

The other medication is an immunotherapy drug called candida extract. This yeast extract is also injected in a very tiny amount under the wart, which excites the immune system, causing it to focus on the area of the injection.  When the immune cells encounter the virus, they often develop a specific immunity to the wart, leading to the wart going away and even staying away.  It is like a treatment and an immunization all in one.  We don't recommend this treatment for anyone with asthma, autoimmune diseases like lupus  or severe allergies.  

With each treatment the warts will become shallower and smaller in diameter as the virus causing the warts is destroyed. While these treatments are successful (published studies show over 80% for each type of injectable treatment), each method requires numerous treatment sessions over weeks to months before the warts are completely resolved. It is not uncommon for warts to take three to five treatment sessions before they are gone.