Warts

Cyrus Lavian, M.D. -  - Internist

Valley Medical Urgent Care

Cyrus Lavian, M.D.

Internist located in Panorama City, CA

If you have fleshy bumps of skin covering your extremities, you may not want to wait for them to disappear naturally. While warts are harmless, they are contagious, and many people prefer to have them removed. At Valley Medical Urgent Care in Panorama City, California, Cyrus Lavian, MD, uses cryotherapy to freeze away warts in just a few visits. Call the office today to schedule your first appointment or make an appointment online.

Warts Q & A

What are warts?

Common warts are noncancerous skin growths that appear most often on your fingers and hands. These are caused by human papillomavirus and can be transmitted to others by touch. After exposure, it can take anywhere from two to six months for a wart to form. Most common warts are rough to the touch and look similar to your skin tone, but can also appear pink or brown, and have a pattern of black dots on it caused by small clotted blood vessels.

What are skin tags?

Skin tags are small flaps of protruding skin. These harmless growths usually occur in the armpits, knees, or thighs, but they can appear anywhere on your body. Luckily they are completely painless and can be easily removed with the same process that is used to remove warts if you find them bothersome or unattractive.

When should I see a doctor about warts?

You can see Dr. Lavian to have a wart removed at any point, but you should definitely see a doctor about your warts if:

  • They become painful or change in color or shape
  • The warts won’t go away or keep coming back
  • You’re not sure if you have a wart or some other kind of growth

If you begin to notice warts forming in multiple locations around the same time, this is also reason to see a doctor, as it can be a sign that something is wrong with your immune system.

How can I remove my warts?

Valley Medical Urgent Care offers cryosurgery for wart and skin tag removal, the most common and effective method available today. First, Dr. Lavian will check to confirm that these are in fact common warts. This often requires a simple visual exam, but if Dr. Lavian thinks it could be something else, he may want to take a small portion of the wart for lab testing.

Cryotherapy involves using liquid nitrogen to freeze warts and skin tags off of your body in just a few easy treatments. The nitrogen freezes the wart, creating a small blister that then sloughs off the wart or tag as it heals. This can also stimulate the immune system in the area, helping fight the virus that causes warts.

If you have a wart or skin tag that you’re ready to have removed, call Valley Medical Urgent Care today or make an appointment online.