What Causes Warts?

Warts are caused by a strain of human papillomavirus (HPV). It often happens when you come into contact with HPV from others who have it. People with weakened immune systems are more prone to getting warts than others. You can contract HPV from shared towels, clothing, intercourse, and more. It may take a few months for the symptoms to appear.

Symptoms of Warts

  • Rough bumps
  • Black dots
  • Can grow in clusters
  • Can hurt
  • Raised bumps
  • Quick growth

Treatments for Warts

Warts may go away on their own given time. Some minor cases can be treated at home with salicylic acid. If you are experiencing persistent or more severe cases of warts, then an appointment with a dermatologist should be your next step. Dr. Krathen can help recommend the right wart removal treatment for you, which may include:

  • Freezing (cryotherapy)
  • Cantharadin (Plus) application
  • Bleomycin injections
  • Fluorouracil prescription therapy

If you have recurring warts, then Dr. Krathen may prescribe some topical medications to help your body fight off the infection.

Schedule a Consultation

Dr. Krathen offers a range of wart treatments and combinations that can be suited to your unique situation. If you have warts and are seeking a remedy, then come into Essential Dermatology and talk with Dr. Krathen. To get started, call our office at (508) 545-9713 or request a consultation by filling out our online form. To book an appointment, schedule your visit as a new patient using our online scheduler or as an existing patient using the Mass General Brigham Patient Gateway.

Meet Dr. Michael Krathen

Dr. Michael Krathen is a board-certified dermatologist with more than a decade of medical training and experience. A specialist in both medical and cosmetic dermatology, he uses expertise, collaboration, and compassion to help people of all ages discover their healthiest and most radiant skin.

Credentials You Can Trust

American Academy of Dermatology
American Society for Dermatologic Surgery
New England Dermatological Society
Alpha Omega Alpha
Massachusetts Academy of Dermatology
Dr. Michael Krathen