Wart Removal Methods

A wart is a skin tumor ranging in size from 1-2 mm to 1 cm. The cause of the appearance of warts is the human papillomavirus, which is easily transmitted through touch and shared objects. It lives in every person, but as long as the body's immune system provides adequate protection, the papillomavirus does not develop. And as soon as the body weakens, the virus becomes active, and warts can appear on the skin of a person - unpleasant formations that not only spoil the appearance of the skin, but are also a source of infection.

cauterization of a wart on the finger

Warts can be of different types. The most common are common warts, round in shape with a rough surface. In size, they do not exceed 1 cm and can be located on the face, scalp, as well as on the back of the hands or on the fingers.

It is not uncommon for people to develop plantar warts due to constant pressure and rubbing with uncomfortable shoes. They resemble calluses, but such warts consist of bundles of filiform papillae surrounded by horny layers. Plantar warts are quite painful and have to be removed very quickly.

Another common type of wart is juvenile warts. These are flat small seals that have the color of normal skin and protrude slightly above its surface. Such warts most often appear in adolescents, and they are located on the face or on the back of the hands.

Ways to remove warts

If you have a wart, do not be afraid. It is best to visit a dermatologist, determine the type of wart and discuss with the doctor how best to get rid of it. Removal of warts is not prescribed for everyone, since the consequences of treatment can be more severe than from the wart itself.

Removal is prescribed if the wart:

  • starts to hurt or bleed
  • changes color and shape
  • reached a large size
  • makes people uncomfortable
  • very noticeable, and it spoils the appearance of the skin
  • the number of warts on the skin is growing

There are various methods for removing warts: surgical excision, laser removal, cryotherapy, electrocoagulation, etc. Any operation to remove a wart lasts several minutes and is performed using local anesthesia.

Recently, the most commonly used treatment for warts is cryotherapy - the removal of warts with liquid nitrogen. In this case, only the infected area of \u200b\u200bthe skin is treated with nitrogen. Neighboring tissues are not injured. This method is recognized as the most effective, and therefore is widely used in dermatology.

The complete opposite of freezing warts is their electrocoagulation. Exposure to warts with a high-frequency current leads to an increase in temperature, tissue destruction and death of the virus.

Surgical excision is used less frequently, since after removing the wart with a scalpel, a rather deep wound remains, which heals for a long time. And in its place, a scar may subsequently form.

Removing warts with a laser is less painful, and after it there is no scarring and pigmentation on the skin.

Whichever way you choose to remove the wart, you need to remember that the cause of the wart is a viral infection. And this means that with a weakened immune system, a person can become infected with it again. Therefore, it is very important after the operation to remove the wart to also undergo a course of treatment with immunostimulating drugs to normalize immunity.

Do-it-yourself wart removal

Methods for removing warts at home, of course, exist. But it’s worth mentioning right away that in this case, doctors do not recommend the use of traditional medicine recipes. Improper self-treatment can lead to the development of a simple wart into a malignant tumor.

In addition, often people initially mistake serious skin diseases for warts, which themselves require urgent treatment. Therefore, before trying to remove a wart, you should consult a doctor, make sure the diagnosis is correct and discuss methods of self-treatment.

To remove warts at home, Kalanchoe leaves are used, which are crushed and applied to the wart overnight. Also, a mixture of chopped lard and crushed garlic can be applied to the infected area of \u200b\u200bthe skin. Another folk recipe is to cut a fresh onion into slices, hold them for 1-2 hours in vinegar and apply overnight until the wart comes out with the root. Warts are lubricated with liquid soap, rubbed with the juice of sour green apples, and even gruel from raw potatoes is applied to them. But the most effective folk remedy is the removal of warts with celandine. To do this, celandine juice is applied to warts 2-3 times a day for several weeks. In this case, you can use fresh celandine juice, and you can also prepare an ointment by mixing celandine juice with glycerin.

Also, for self-removal of warts, you can purchase a drug for freezing them at the pharmacy. This is the so-called cryotherapy at home. The medication kit includes a balloon with the drug, as well as special applicators for its application. The drug is applied only to the area of the wart, avoiding the ingress of nitrogen on healthy areas of the skin. Normally, the wart should disappear after 10 days. But chronic warts may require 2-3 courses of cryotherapy.

Manufacturers of such drugs claim that they can be used even for children as young as 4 years old. But doctors still advise in no case to remove warts in children at home. It is better to consult a dermatologist to avoid serious consequences in a child.

Monitor your skin and remove all suspicious formations in time. And best of all, strengthen your immunity, and then the papillomavirus infection simply will not have any chance.