While common warts are caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV), sexually transmitted (genital) warts are caused by other types of HPV. In fact, there are over 100 types of HPV, some of which infect the oral tract and genital areas (producing genital warts and cancers in these regions), while different HPV types that cause common skin warts are not linked with cancer. As benign as these common warts may seem in comparison to those with the potential to cause cancer, they can be annoying enough to warrant treatment. Normally, about half of all warts disappear spontaneously within 18 months. For those unwilling to wait that long and those with more persistent warts, the dermatologist can provide effective treatment.

The most important thing you can do is examine your own skin on a regular basis for any new or growing lesions. Be sure to mention any concerns to your dermatologist and certainly do not be embarrassed to ask about HPV. To schedule an appointment for dermatology care, call ELMHURST DERMATOLOGY at 630-832-2111.Our office is conveniently located at 103 N. Haven Suite 7. We strive to provide the highest care to our patients.

Todd T. Davis,

MD Board-Certified Dermatologist

P.S. It is generally recommended that diabetics or those with poor circulation not use over-the-counter treatments for warts that contain salicylic acid due to concerns about how well the treated skin will heal.