- Yale Medicine dermatologists offer specialized expertise in the treatment of all skin conditions.
- We offer a novel form of treatment for resistant viral warts called immunotherapy.
- Viral warts treated with immunotherapy don't tend to recur.
While having warts can be annoying—even embarrassing—they are often treatable and not harmful.
Common warts, flat warts and plantar warts are viral infections of the skin (most originating from the human papillomavirus or HPV family) that usually appear on the hands and feet.
“Ultimately, warts are benign,” says Brittany Gareth Craiglow, MD, assistant professor of dermatology and pediatrics at Yale Medicine. “They can be a nuisance, occasionally cause discomfort, and often people don’t like the way they look, but in the end they are not harmful.”
Many viral warts are caused by viruses in the HPV family. Though these can be resistant to treatment, doctors at Yale Medicine have found success using the novel approach of immunotherapy, which alerts the immune system to the wart's presence.