There are several HPV wart treatment methods available.
Each of these methods fit in one of two categories. They’re either something you do at home yourself or they’re something your doctor does for you.
Let’s begin with…
Seeing Your Doctor for HPV Warts Treatment
More often than not, basic wart remover products and other home remedies work just fine. However, you may decide to see your doctor either because you’re having difficulty using one or more of these methods, or because you’d like to get rid of your warts more quickly.
Surgery and other invasive procedures are used to remove warts, but are often a last resort. Prescription medications and other topical treatments are more likely to be your doctor’s first choice.
In particular, he or she may start with a prescription-based form salicylic acid, which is one of the most widely used agents for treating warts.
In fact, studies have shown that salicylic is as effective as any other treatment method. Moreover, there are very few side effects associated with its use.
Upon receiving your prescription, you’ll apply the medication directly to the wart for as long as it takes to dissolve the growth.
Again, salicylic acid is probably the most common treatment for warts, but there are a few other lesser-known medications, including Cantharidin.
Unlike other wart medications, Cantharidin isn’t something that you take home and apply yourself. Rather, a doctor applies the medication and then you return to their office to have the wart tissue removed once the area has blistered and dried.
Neither the medication, nor its application causes any significant pain, but many patients have reported that the subsequent blistering effect can be somewhat painful.
Next, there’s wart immunotherapy. This is probably the least commonly used medication for warts, i.e. it’s typically reserved for the most extreme cases, in part due to its high cost.
The point of this therapy is to help the body’s immune system fight the virus that’s causing the warts in the first place. This is accomplished by injecting Candida antigens directly into the wart tissue.
Once the antigens are introduced into the blood stream, the body responds by producing antibodies, which target and destroy the human papillomavirus.
It’s worth mentioning that immunotherapy has proven to be effective at treating both injected and non-injected warts and the side effects are said to be very mild.
Finally, in addition to the three medications listed, warts can be surgically removed using any one of the following three medical procedures:
- Cryotherapy, as you might guess, this means freezing your wart, which causes the cells to die and the wart to fall off.
There are a handful of freezing agents for removing warts, but more than likely your doctor will choose liquid nitrogen. It usually takes just a minute or two to apply with a cotton swab or probe.
It’s possible to remove warts after one visit, but larger warts usually require several treatments. If multiple visits are necessary, you’ll usually have to wait at least a week before the second treatment can begin.
Healing time is short with this procedure and the risk of scarring is minimal. Worst case, there will be a white mark where the wart once was. However, this spot often fades over time.
You should also know that this procedure is painful. The pain is nothing to write home about, but at the same time, you shouldn’t expect a completely pain free experience either.
All in all, cryotherapy is probably the least expensive procedure your doctor can perform. And it’s both safe and effective.
- Laser surgery involves a concentrated laser light, which burns the wart tissues as well the blood vessels supplying it.
The procedure itself is short, usually taking less than an hour. And as for the number of sessions required, it varies depending on the size of your wart. But usually one or two visits is all that’s needed.
Healing time is minimal, as is the risk of scarring. And the procedure is painful, which is why a local anesthetic is typically used.
- Electrosurgery, which is often combined with another procedure called curettage, is performed in two steps.
First, your doctor will first burn the skin tissue containing the wart with an electric current. At that point, the wart is removed with a scalpel or similar instrument.
This is another quick procedure, usually taking less than hour to completely remove your wart. However, you should understand a few things about electrosurgery.
First, as you can imagine based on what I’ve just described, this procedure is painful. But rest assured, a local anesthetic is used. Second, this procedure can cause permanent scarring. Third, warts have a high tendency to return when removed with this method.
Over the Counter Wart Treatment
One of the easiest ways treat warts is with an over the counter removal product.
There are literally dozens of these products on the market, but remember, you can’t go wrong with salicylic acid. It’s one of the best treatments for warts.
Other OTC wart remover products contain freezing agents, like liquid nitrogen. These products are effective, but they don’t work as well on deep, large warts.
On the other hand, if you have a small or newly formed wart, then you might be able to remove it faster with a freezing product than with salicylic acid.
In general, treatment time varies from person to person when it comes to OTC products. Just be sure to use them as directed for best results.
Natural Wart Treatment
Wart removal home remedies, including herbal and other natural substances, can be just as effective as an over the counter alternative.
Many naturally based products, including Dermatend and Naturasil for Warts, also seem to work quite well.
Which of These Wart Treatments is Right for You?
Common warts aren’t considered a serious medical condition by any stretch, which is why most people feel comfortable treating them at home.
So you may want to begin treating them yourself using whatever method you prefer, and if it doesn’t work, then call your doctor.
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