ZocdocAnswersDoes laser treatment really work for warts?

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Does laser treatment really work for warts?

My son is 15 he has had warts on his face,fingers,the front@back of his knee. Have done freeze,injections don know what else to do the more i try the worst it gets please help.

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Warts are extremely common, and are often very difficult to treat and require multiple treatments. It is important to note that they often disappear by themselves over the course of a two year time period. They are so common because they are caused by a very common virus known as the human papillomavirus (HPV). They are readily transmitted both from person to person, and from one part of the body to the next. Parts of the body that have been macerated in the past (such as fingers and knees) are more prone to developing them. While there are many therapies, the key is to continue attempting to remove them as often as is needed, with the knowledge that eventually they can completely resolve. The over the counter products are very effective, but they do take somewhat longer than the alternative method of freezing that is commonly utilized. It may take multiple attempts, however. Alternative methods are no more likely to be more successful, and may lead to more scarring than the tried and true methods. Please speak to your doctor about your problem. Given that it has been some time and multiple failed attempts, a dermatologist may be the next person your son should see.

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