Warts are a common skin condition that can be located anywhere on the face and body. They tend to look like small, fleshy bumps, and they often vary in size. Warts can appear as a single lesion or in a cluster of warts grouped together. Warts are caused by HPV, otherwise known as the human papilloma virus. Although warts are harmless for the most part, they can be unsightly and bothersome. Over-the-counter wart removal treatments are usually not enough to treat a wart fully. Because of this, board-certified dermatologist Dr. Adean Kingston offers wart removal at her office in Dallas, Texas. If you have a wart or other skin growth you want removed, schedule a consultation at Adean Kingston, M.D. to have your concern dealt with.
Warts are caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV). They are generally spread from person to person via skin-to-skin contact. Warts can also be the result of contact with an object that has human papilloma virus on it, such as exercise equipment or a towel. It is easier to get warts through a cut or scrape in the skin, so areas that are frequently shaved (the face, legs, or under the arms) are at an increased risk.
"Best dermatologist yet! I've been to a few dermatologists in Dallas, and Dr. Kingston is way more thorough with her exams and treatments. She does a full body exam with a handheld, high intensity eye microscope, takes detailed notes, and has a tech take photos of all areas of the body that contain moles and spots so that when you re-visit again the future, she can read her notes and review photos for any changes. All other dermatologists I've been to the past ten years only take notes, no photos, and had me stay more fully clothed, which presents a higher risk of missing areas that should be checked. I'm used to getting spots taken off yearly and skin cancer runs in my family, so it's very important to have a thorough dermatologist! In addition to her thorough exams, her treatments are high-quality as well. She knows how to remove spots without extra skin for minimal scarring. I've had dermatologists take off spots that looked like I had chunks taken out with scars that turned dark, but not with Dr. Kingston. Even though I moved to Philly, I visit Dallas 2-3 times a year to see friends, and I continue to make my appointments with her as needed! I also appreciate that while she does a lot of cosmetic skin treatments, she has never tried to sell me on any other service and actually complimented my skin once (yes, I still have some wrinkles on my face). Her office is also the cutest office I've ever seen with modern, classy, comfortable furniture and decor with the latest hits music playing in the background. Highly recommend!!"- J.H. / Yelp / Sep 01, 2015
"Dr. Kingston is awesome - I had a mole removed off the bridge of my nose that had a appeared several years ago and was bothering me, there was minimal scaring and appears only as a freckle now, which will lighten with bleaching creams - also had a full body mole check and she removed 3 small suspicious moles (probably due to tanning beds in the late 90's : ( - I highly recommend Dr. Kingston and her staff, they're great."- A.R. / Yelp / Jan 31, 2014
"I was able to get into see Dr. Kingston on very short notice. The complex was beautiful and her office was elegant yet comfortable. Both her and her nurse were friendly and caring. I went in for my acne and therash on my arms, but she noticed my moles and recommended doing a body check (something I needed to do soon anyway based on my family history). They didn't try to push any cosmetic procedures or beauty treatments on me, and seemed genuinely interested in taking care of me. I would highly recommend!"- H.F. / ZocDoc / Jul 20, 2015
"Dr. Kingston and staff are always so friendly and knowledgeable. I went in for a couple of skin tags that were bothering me and Mia took them off quickly and painlessly while talking with me casually. Dr. Kingston injected a scaron my face with a steroid to reduce the visibility and raised skin. I’m always so nervous about needles and procedures but I left within 30 minutes of arriving! It was a pleasant experience!"- Anonymous / ZocDoc / Mar 06, 2019
"Dr. Kingston was friendly, knowledgeable and patient and thorough answering my questions. She immediately recognized lumps and bumps and moles as clearly explained everything she found - and even had her tech write down derma words for me so I could leave with information about my skin. I was definitely impressed by my first visit and will be back!"- Anonymous / ZocDoc / Sep 18, 2019
Warts can reoccur even after your initial treatment, so it is important to find the right treatment to minimize future outbreaks. Freezing a wart is a common treatment that is often performed with success. For this method, Dr. Kingston uses liquid nitrogen to freeze the wart away. A blister will form around the wart and the deadened tissues will fall off within a week. Another option is applying podophyllin, a substance that can cause inflammation of the skin when applied to a wart. This chemical is applied to the skin to form a blister around the wart — it is a common and popular treatment because the application causes little to no pain. Larger warts may be treated with shave removal or curettage and Dr. Kingston may prescribe a topical to use at home. Laser treatments, chemical peels, candida injections, or immunotherapy could also be potential treatment options if the wart(s) is difficult to treat.
Common wart symptoms include bumps that may be tender, grainy at the top, and rough to the touch. Plantar warts appear on the soles of the feet and are often speckled with tiny, black spots, which are clotted blood vessels. Flat warts are smaller and often appear together as numerous lesions in comparison to other types of warts. The flat warts are most common on the face and legs, and spread with shaving.
Wart and Worry Free
Though most warts are harmless, you probably want it removed as soon as possible. Instead of wasting time with home treatments, have your wart(s) checked out by a trained professional, like board-certified dermatologist Dr. Kingston. She will examine the wart(s) to determine the type and best course of treatment. Contact Adean Kingston, M.D. in Dallas, Texas and schedule a consultation to treat existing warts and reduce their re-occurrence.