Buckhead Office

3379 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 500

Atlanta, GA 30326

Mon. - Fri.: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm

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11755 Pointe Place, Suite B-2

Roswell, GA 30076

Mon. - Fri.: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm

Why Did My Wart Grow Back?

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Warts are known as one of the most embarrassing skin growths, and they’ve unfortunately gotten a bad reputation with their association to witches, ugliness or old people. The truth is, anyone is susceptible to getting a wart, even a sweet, innocent child. They certainly don’t mean you are ugly, mean or don’t take care of yourself. However, warts should always be treated.

Warts can develop anywhere on the body. They are often caused by tiny cuts in the skin that become infected by a certain strain of the Human Papillomavirus (HPV). Since children tend to have a weaker immune system and get more scrapes and cuts compared to adults, it is more common to see warts on kids. Once a wart appears, it continues to grow until it is properly treated. You may have a wart so small that it grows for up to a year until you actually notice it.

Stubborn Warts

Warts can be treated in a variety of ways, ranging from topical creams at home to surgical excision or cryotherapy at a dermatologist’s office. A common area of concern surrounding warts, however, is that they can often reappear after treatment. This can be especially frustrating to deal with, and many patients want an explanation as to why this happens.

Some warts respond very well to treatment and go away almost instantly. Others, however, are more stubborn. While your wart may look to disappear completely after treatment, you may find that it shows up weeks or monthly later in the same spot. There are two common reasons that wart regrowth occurs:

  • It was never completely removed. Warts can be very tiny. Therefore, you may have thought your wart shrank enough to dissipate entirely, but you stopped treatment a little too early. Thus, the wart will start growing again.
  • It was re-infected. This is more likely to occur when you had a wart cut off. If the incision is not properly cared for, it may provide another opening for HPV to re-infect the area and produce a new wart.

If you feel like you are battling the same wart over and over, it is time to schedule an appointment with a skin care expert. At Olansky Dermatology Associates, we offer the most proven and conservative treatment options for wart removal. We can instruct you on the proper ways to care for your incision, so that you are not plagued with a new wart in the same area. Most importantly, don’t be ashamed of your wart or avoid getting treatment due to embarrassment. We treat countless patients with these common types of skin growths. We can also tell you how to prevent future warts – remember warts are highly contagious.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Jodi E. Ganz, Olansky Dermatology Associates
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Olansky Dermatology Associates – Atlanta Dermatologist
3379 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 500
Atlanta, GA 30326
Phone: (404) 355-5484
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Buckhead Office

3379 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 500

Atlanta, GA 30326

Roswell Office

11755 Pointe Place, Suite B-2

Roswell, GA 30076

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Olansky Dermatology Associates

4.7/ 5.0

Based on 229 reviews

Jenny S.

The doctors and PA’s are great and very knowledgeable. I never have to wait to long and the office staff is always very nice. I also take my son there and they are great with him as well. I would highly recommend Olansky Dermatology.

Kristen R.

Olansky Dermatology is wonderful! Our whole family goes. My daughter has had terrible eczema through the years and both my kids had mollescum too. They always make things better and spend time explaining whats wrong and how to fix it.

Mike D.

I recently had a couple appointments at Olanksy Dermatology and was seen by Julia Lee. Julie was excellent and quickly took care of the issue I was having with my skin. I would highly recommend Olansky Dermatology and especially Julia Lee to anyone in need of a dermatologist.

Tamima D.

My husband is a patient of PA Sharon Doering I appreciate all she did for my spouse. She’s very down to earth & made him feel comfortable. Sharon communicated in a way that he can understand.
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Lisa H.

I see the physician assistant Sharon Doering and she has drastically improved my skin! I highly recommend this practice and their brilliant thourough doctors. I finally have glowing skin!

Betty G.

I have had excellent experience at Olansky Dermatology. Dr Burger is meticulous and thorough and has a most pleasant and calm manner. I have every confidence in her and this office.

Cheyenne G.

Very kind and understanding people. Dr. Bellamy and her nurse took the time to listen to all my concerns and never made me feel rushed.

Kishan P.

I was actually running a bit late, but they were very friendly and knowledgeable about what was going on with my skin. And also very timely.I will definitely stick with them!

Khol S.

Very professional and pleasant staff. When I arrived at my appointment this afternoon I was informed that my doctor called out sick and they tried calling to let me know but I just recently changed my number so they were unable to reach me. The receptionist was so sweet and helpful. Instead of leaving and making a new appointment they fit me in without an issue and without any waiting.

Susan H.

Dr. Ilyas was highly recommended to me so I decided to change dermatologists. I am so glad as I am pleased with his expertise and his highly professional manner. I am also delighted with Emily Raville, Aesthetician. She does a wonderful job and I am recommending her to my friends as well. I am completely satisfied – can’t get any better than that!

Lindsay S.

I have been going to Olansky Dematology for many years now, whether for a specific problem, or just for a really great deep facial, and I wouldn’t consider going anywhere else. Every single staff member is knowledgeable and professional. The customer service I receive every visit leaves a positive and lasting impression. I always feel comfortable and at ease while I am there. Great staff!

Janet R.

I seem to live at this place! Whether it’s for an appointment with a doctor or for an aesthetic treatment, I am there frequently. I cannot say enough good things. Efficient, friendly, the best doctors, and a new aesthetic center with the latest in procedures and products to keep us looking almost as young as we feel. It’s always fun to see Emily and she knows just what to recommend.