General & Cosmetic Dermatologists located in Larchmont, NY
Warts are the result of a virus and can be extremely hard to get rid of without a doctor's help. Dermatologist Cynthia Yalowitz, MD, offers advanced wart removal treatment that gives you smooth skin once again. If you live in Larchmont, New York, or the surrounding area, call Larchmont Dermatology or use the online booking agent to make an appointment.
What causes warts?
Warts are fleshy growths caused by a virus. They appear as lumps or bumps on the surface of your skin. One of the most common types is caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV is a large family of dozens of viruses, some of which also cause genital warts and cervical cancer.
You contract warts when the virus enters the skin through a tiny cut or another opening, most commonly after touching a contaminated surface or coming in contact with a wart on another person. Some warts go away over time as the body's defense system fights them off, but many warts only disappear with medical attention.
Warts can reach deep beneath the skin's surface, and they occur more commonly among young children and those with weak immune systems, although anyone can get them.
When should I seek treatment for warts?
Many times warts go away on their own, but this can take several weeks or even years. You may want treatment, however, when a wart is:
- Easily irritated
Can I treat warts with an over-the-counter product?
Over-the-counter preparations do not penetrate deeply into the skin’s surface to address the origins of the wart. They also fail to provide the type of treatment needed to permanently eradicate the virus causing the wart, which means that even if the upper levels are removed, warts can still return, or even spread.
Plus, many over-the-counter preparations use solutions that can permanently scar your skin. A dermatologist like Dr. Yalowitz is skilled in the safe and effective removal of warts and the destruction of the underlying virus. She uses techniques that significantly reduce the likelihood of scarring.
How does a dermatologist treat warts?
Dr. Yalowitz tailors your treatment, factoring in the depth of the wart, its underlying cause, and its location. She treats some warts with topical medications, but many warts are removed using a technique called cryotherapy that uses liquid nitrogen to "freeze" them off and destroy the virus.
Many warts can be treated in just one appointment, but some patients may need additional treatments, especially if the virus has spread to other areas that haven't broken out yet.
If you want to get rid of your warts for good, call Larchmont Dermatology or book an appointment online.
Insurances We Accept
We unfortunately can not participate with every insurance company. However, we will do our best to submit the paperwork for patients who come in "out of network." If you have any other insurance related questions, please contact our office.
Words from our patients
"I always have peace of mind when having a skin crisis, because Dr. Yalowitz has never failed to help me and ensure that I get better as fast as possible."
"l I was most impressed by the time that the doctor spent with me, listening to my concerns, and finding solutions. She was highly knowledgeable and approachable."
"Dr. Yalowitz is the best.Knowledgeable, patient with my children, gave great advice, and cured what ailed them. She has a great reputation around town and with reason!"