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Warts significantly differ from moles in a variety of ways. Moles are natural aberrations caused by changes in dermal cells and discoloration caused by hyperpigmentation. In fact, the average person has around 40 visible moles on their body.

A wart is caused by a viral infection that attacks a specific area of the dermis. This causes your skin to concentrate keratin in the dermis. This hard material can build up in a cluster that is often visually unappealing.

While you can get warts at any age, children are often more prone to develop warts. This might be related to skin hygiene and increased exposure to other children with warts.

In most cases, your body’s own immune system will slowly deal with the wart virus. Over time it will gradually reabsorb the carotene of the wart. Unfortunately, this can often take a significant amount of time. If the wart is in a visible part of your body, waiting might not be a comfortable proposition.

Dr. Otis Allen and his associates stress that you should never attempt to physically remove a wart yourself. Experiment with one of the wart removal products sold in stores this might not be a good idea, as they can traumatize the skin and replace the unappealing wart with an ugly scar.

In a situation like this, you should consider scheduling a consultation appointment at Institute for Plastic Surgery. Dr. Otis Allen can then diagnose the nature and severity of the wart or warts. If warranted, he might recommend excising the wart with cryotherapy, electrosurgery, or a cantharidin treatment.

If you are in the Bloomington, Illinois, area and you have an unappealing wart on a visible part of your body, you should call 309.827.3881 to schedule a consultation appointment at Institute for Plastic Surgery.