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Medical Dermatology


Warts are growths that are caused by the Human Papilloma Virus. They can occur anywhere but are most often seen on the hands, feet, genital area, and face. They can be transmitted by person to person and treatment entails methods that destroy the warts such as liquid nitrogen, the application of a chemical, surgical removal, and the pulsed dye laser.

Genital warts are also caused by the Human Papilloma Virus which is typically sexually transmitted. They can affect both males and females and are not always visible. Certain strains can be associated with cervical cancer in females and are detected only by pap smears performed by a gynecologist. Those that are visible appear as cauliflower-like pink or brown bumps. Treatment involves cryotherapy utilizing liquid nitrogen to destroy the warts, prescription immunomodulatory creams such as Aldara, in office application of chemicals such as podophyllin with salicylic acid and TCA.

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