Warts

Jeffrey Alter, MD -  - Medical Dermatologist

Integrated Dermatology of Waterbury

Jeffrey Alter, MD

Medical Dermatologist located in Waterbury, CT & Southbury, CT

Warts are skin growths that develop anywhere on your body when you’re exposed to viral invaders. Because warts are contagious and stubborn to resolve, board-certified dermatologist Jeffrey Alter, MD, of Integrated Dermatology of Waterbury can treat your warts right in the office. You can book your wart evaluation at this Waterbury, Connecticut-based dermatology practice by requesting an appointment online. You can also call the office directly to book.

Warts Q & A

Why do I get warts?

Warts form when a viral infection known as human papillomavirus (HPV) enters your skin. HPV can sneak in through the tiniest cut, as well as any sort of sore, wound, or abrasion. But not everyone who comes into contact with HPV develops warts. Your risk of warts is higher due to:

  • Being younger — warts are more common in children and teens
  • Having a weakened immune system  
  • Having a history of warts

Plus, once you develop a wart, it’s easy to spread the wart infection to other areas of your body. Because warts are so contagious — you can even spread them to other people — it’s important to get them treated early on.

Should I get treatment for warts?

Yes. Even though a wart or a small cluster of warts might not bother you, they can continue to worsen and progress. Schedule a wart evaluation at Integrated Dermatology of Waterbury and get started on treatment if your warts are:

  • Getting bigger
  • Causing pain
  • Spreading to other areas
  • Causing calluses to form over them

At Integrated Dermatology of Waterbury, Dr. Alter spends time evaluating your warts and talking with you about any symptoms you may be experiencing. Once he better understands the severity of your wart outbreak, he can talk with you about various wart treatment options.

How are warts treated?

Treating warts can include one or more different solutions, depending on your specific condition. Dr. Alter may recommend:

  • Freezing medicine (cryotherapy)
  • Electrosurgery and curettage
  • Laser treatments
  • Chemical peels
  • Bleomycin shots
  • Wart excision
  • Immunotherapy

Cantharidin treatments are also highly beneficial for resolving warts. This treatment involves painting your warts with a specialized solution that causes a blister to form underneath the wart, which kills it. About a week later, you come back to Integrated Dermatology of Waterbury, so Dr. Alter can remove the dead wart.

Because Dr. Alter offers so many innovative wart solutions, you can feel confident that he can help you take control of your wart outbreak. He even counsels you on how to prevent future wart flare-ups.

If you have warts, you can get the effective treatment you need at Integrated Dermatology of Waterbury. Book your wart examination either online or over the phone.