Plantar wart removal from your Huntington, NY dermatologist

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Warts are caused by virial infections of the skin and are a result of direct contact with the virus. When a wart occurs on the bottom of the foot, it is called a plantar wart. The name comes from their location, which is the plantar area of the foot. At the Dermatology & Cosmetic Laser Center in Huntington, NY, we have the expertise to diagnose and removal plantar warts.

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What causes plantar warts?

Plantar warts can be contracted in swimming pools or showers. Individuals with sweaty feet may also have an increased risk of being infected by the wart virus. While plantar warts are not highly contagious, they can be picked up in certain situations. If there is a member of the family with plantar warts it’s important to clean the shower floor regularly. Individuals with plantar warts should not share shoes with others as it can expose them to the infection.

What do warts look like?

Warts look like thick areas of scaly skin. They can be small or can cluster together to affect a larger area. The best way to distinguish a wart from a callus is to squeeze the area between your fingers. A plantar wart will be painful, while a callus will not.

Treating plantar warts

There are many different methods for treating plantar warts. In most cases, over the counter solutions are not strong enough to effectively treat the thick skin on the bottom of the foot. At our office, we offer the following methods:

  • Freezing with liquid nitrogen
  • Laser surgery
  • Excision

Excision or removal of the plantar wart has the highest success rate of all the treatments we offer and generally results in the lowest rate of recurrence. The procedure can cause mild discomfort that may persist for a few days.

If you think that you might be dealing with a plantar wart, call us at (631) 417-3300 to schedule an exam to let us accurately diagnose it and discuss treatment options.

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Roger Koreen, M.D., F.A.A.D.

Roger Koreen, M.D., F.A.A.D.

Dr. Roger Koreen has dedicated nearly three decades to delivering a full range of dermatology services to over 90,000 patients. He received his medical training at Mount Sinai School of Medicine before going on to complete his residency at the world-renowned Johns Hopkins Medical Institute. As a member of the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, as well as the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, Dr. Koreen is committed to continuing education and training. In addition to his practice, Dr. Koreen is also a staff member at Huntington Hospital.

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