Warts are the second most common skin condition dermatologists hear about on a daily basis. And warts are not new – they have been on our planet for thousands of years. Warts are caused by human papilloma virus (HPV) which first enters the skin and then spreads to other body parts and multiplies rapidly. Most of the times, warts is contagious and hence, you should avoid direct contact with a person affected by warts. However, not everyone is affected by warts virus.
Warts can be perfectly treated at home and in fact, warts usually go away on its own as your immune system slowly destroys it. But warts treatment becomes a necessity when it affects your face or another sensitive part of your body like genitals, mouth or nose. Similarly, if you notice any bleeding or puss flowing in and around warts, you should immediately get in touch with a dermatologist to get it treated. Diabetics or people having a weaker immune system should also not wait for warts to heal itself and consult a dermatologist immediately. Warts are usually painless, so if you feel pain in warts, you should see a dermatologist near you and get professional warts treatment.
However, there are some home warts treatment methods that can treat this skin condition; especially if it is mild, you do not see any of the signs mentioned above, such as bleeding or pain.
You can kill warts by using products that spray concentrated cold air. You can spray it on the affected area and kill warts and scrape it off the skin surface. This warts treatment method is an ideal choice if you need quick results for warts removal. The only drawback is that it may not work for some types of warts.
Covering the wart-affected skin area with duct tape and changing it after a few days can peel off the wart-affected skin. To follow this warts treatment method, you can first clean the wart affected area with warm water and then sand the area with an emery board. After some time, you can apply the duct tape on the area and keep changing the tapes once every five or six days for best results.
Salicylic acid treatment
This is one of the most effective over-the-counter medications that help in warts treatment. You can apply one of the products having salicylic acid after washing the wart with warm water. Once you apply salicylic acid on the wart-affected area, it irritates the wart and hence, triggers your immune system into action. After a period, this method will ensure that all warts are completely removed from your skin.
However, with all of these methods given above, you should always take care that you apply the medication only on the affected area and not to other parts of the skin. Another very important thing to remember is that you should not remove or treat warts on your feet if you are a diabetic. That may cause a lot of trouble so you should get proper warts treatment by a dermatologist instead. Similarly, if warts do not respond to these medications, you should get in touch with a dermatologist to get best warts treatment.
And before you move any further, consult our specialists at HP Dermatology Centre to get personalised advice today.
Although warts get away on its own, or through simple home treatment; it may require treatment by an expert when the situation becomes worse. For instance, if the warts-affected area happens to be a sensitive body part such as your face, nostril or genitals, you cannot treat it at home and neither should you try doing so. In such a scenario, you should immediately consult a dermatologist and get professional treatment for warts. Professional warts treatment by dermatologists becomes necessary when a person is diabetic or warts become painful. Similarly, if you notice any bleeding or puss releasing from warts, you should immediately stop treating it at home and consult a dermatologist for further warts treatment. Also, if you see no improvements in warts treatment at home, you might have to consult a dermatologist for an effective warts treatment that ensures warts removal from your skin completely.
The techniques used by dermatologists might differ from person to person, here are some common ones used by dermatologists for warts treatment.
As we all know, the laser is a very intense beam of light that heats the area on which it falls. Doctors and dermatologists use the laser technique to heat warts with the help of laser beams enough to vaporize the tissues affected by warts. Therefore, this an ideal warts treatment method for a person affected by warts. But since this technique is quite expensive, it is not a common choice amongst people.
Excision or surgical removal is a great way to get rid of warts but is mainly used when other methods cannot be used or have no effect on warts. To remove warts by excision, a dermatologist first numbs the area surrounding the wart with the help of local anaesthesia and then cuts warts. This method might leave a scar on the affected area which is healed over a period by using scar removal creams and lotions your dermatologist might recommend.
Cryosurgery is becoming an ideal choice for treatment of all skin conditions, and warts are no different. In cryosurgery technique, a dermatologist applies concentrated cold air (mostly liquid nitrogen) to the wart-affected skin area, which in turn explodes the affected tissues. Once this method destroys the affected tissues, the virus comes directly in contact with the immune system which can destroy it completely and get the area rid of warts.
In this method using curette, a dermatologist first numbs the affected area with a local anaesthesia and then heats up the warts tissues. To do this, a dermatologist uses an electric needle which supplies the heat to the affected tissues. Once the affected tissues die due to the heat, it is scraped away from the skin surface using curette. This method may also leave a scar on the surface which can heal over time.
As we have seen, dermatologists can provide risk-free and simple warts treatment through some techniques. This is why consulting a dermatologist is always preferred to treating it at home, where the condition can become worse if it is not done properly. To get personalised advice about your skin condition, please do get in touch with one of our HP Dermatologist Centre specialists today – we’re just a call away!