Warts

Overview

A wart is a rough and hardened piece of skin that grows fast pace. Most warts are harmless, but the virus that causes warts can be contagious and spread by direct contact with others. Warts may develop anywhere on the body and are typically brown or flesh colored.

Common home treatments for warts:

Doctors often say that the best treatment for warts is no treatment at all. However, if your wart does not disappear, you should seek help from your doctor. If you have diabetes, it is recommended to avoid self-treatment and consult with a doctor instead.

  • If you choose to treat your own wart, your first choice should be over the counter medication in liquid, gel, pad or ointment form. These contain salicylic acid which softens and dissolves the abnormal skin cells. Some examples include: Compound W, Duofilm, and Occlusal HP.
  • Another over the counter option is using a freezing spray. These contain liquid butane which freezes and kills the tissue. The downside of this home treatment is that it may not freeze the wart deep enough to be effective. It can also be painful at times.

Your doctor can remove a wart by :

  • Using liquid nitrogen
  • Using a lazer to burn it off
  • Using acids to destroy the wart
  • Injecting bleomycin into the wart
  • Prescribing imiquimod which improves your body’s fighting capabilities

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