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Treating the Etiology of Warts

Smiling WomenWarts are due to a virus that lives in the bottom layer of the skin. Warts are not cancerous, but they can be uncomfortable and cause embarrassment. Dr. Amanda Lloyd, a Board-Certified Dermatologist in Encinitas, tailors treatment to address the etiology of warts.

A Virus That Spreads

The virus responsible for warts is one of more than 150 strains of the human papillomavirus, or HPV. The HPV that causes warts spreads easily through physical contact. You may get warts from someone else, or from an object that a person with warts touched. Warts may multiply quickly, spreading to other parts of your own body. You are most likely to get warts when your skin is compromised.

Anyone may get warts, but they are common in:

  • Children and teenagers (from increased person-to-person contact, cuts and scrapes, negligent handwashing
  • People who bite their fingernails or pick at cuticles
  • Those with weakened immune systems
  • Genetic predisposition

Goals of Treatment

Warts are usually raised, skin-colored bumps with a rough texture. However, they may be flat and smooth; brown, gray, or black. Warts can appear on any part of the body. As an experienced dermatologist, Dr. Amanda Lloyd diagnoses warts through visual examination. In some cases, a biopsy is necessary to be certain.

The virus that causes these growths is very good at hiding from the immune system. In Dr. Lloyd’s care, the goal of wart treatment is to get the body’s natural defenses to recognize the virus and attack it. There are a large number of therapies on the market to treat warts. Each wart is unique and requires individualized treatment for speedy resolution.

The best way eliminate discomfort and prevent spread of warts is to seek treatment from a Board-Certified dermatologist as soon as a wart appears. Call Skin & Vein Institute at (760) 642-6674.

Meet Dr. Amanda Lloyd


She can help you look and feel even more amazing in your skin because she is well trained in all aspects of dermatology including laser and cosmetics, skin cancer management including Mohs surgery and cosmetic reconstruction, medical dermatology and venous disease.

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