The majority of those who are suffering from a wart will not end up requiring the need for treatment. Your immune system may be able to destroy the HPV that causes warts, though this could take anywhere from months to years. During this period, new warts can also potentially develop nearby. There are several reasons why someone may turn to treatment. Some of these can include:
- Wart gets irritating
- Embarrassing to live with
- Causes you substantial amount of pain
- Can grow/spread to other body parts of your body or other people
The aim of any form of wart treatment is to destroy the wart (while ensuring no scar tissue is created as a consequence) and/or stimulate an immune system response in order to fight the virus. The type of treatment you choose should depend on the type of wart, its location, and the symptoms seen.
It’s crucial to remember that a course of wart treatment can last in excess of a few months, so you must be totally willing to stick with the entire course, no matter how long it takes. We stock two different forms of wart medicines: Warticon liquid/cream and silver nitrate avoca pencil which can be applied directly to the site of the infection.
The most common treatments are:
Various paints, lotions, and plaster contain salicylic acid. This acid is applied to the infected area to burn off the top layer of the wart. Soak the wart in water for 5-10 minutes before you use the acid. Apply it daily for 3 months. Do not apply the acid over clean areas (around the wart), as this may cause irritation. It may take around 2 weeks for improvement to be seen.
Freezing Treatment (Cryotherapy)
In a freezing treatment, liquid nitrogen is used. It is sprayed on or applied to the wart. This destroys the tissue and after several sessions, the wart is cleared. 4-6 sessions may be required. This treatment can be painful. Blisters can appear, and there is also a risk of scars on the surrounding areas. Underlying tissues may also get damaged.
In this treatment salicylic acid and the freezing treatment is combined. During the freezing sessions, you apply the acid as well.
You can cover warts with duct tape and let it cure. However, it is not a very proven or recommended method to treat warts.
Some other treatments may be used if the above-mentioned ones do not work.
- Laser therapy
- Scrap them off
- Light therapy
- Creams to kill the virus
- Creams used to stop the cells from multiplying
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