Wart Removal Treatment-The Best Ways to Get Rid of Warts

Information on wart removal treatment, including facts on surgical excision, laser therapy, cryotherapy and salicylic acid. Warning on genital warts, and w…

Wart removal treatment is no mystery.  Because warts are an

embarrassing and touchy subject, we tend not to talk about them

openly.  In this brief article I hope to dispel some of the fear

surrounding warts, and to talk briefly about the different

treatments available.

Warts are a very natural and common skin infection caused by the

HPV or human papillomavirus.  HPV is found everywhere in the

human environment, and cannot be avoided.  They are easily

spread from person to person, and can even be spread through

handling objects that have been handled by an already infected

person.

That said, warts are harmless.  No one ever died from a wart,

though they may have felt embarrassed and ashamed about it.  The

HPV infection shows up as a small mark, often raised above the

skin, possibly rough in texture, and ranging in color from white

to a brownish hue.  They may come in clusters as they tend to

spread over the skin, and can appear anywhere on the body, face,

genitals, or even the soles of the feet.

A word of warning: genital warts may be confused for a more

serious STD.  For that reason, if you find wart-like symptoms on

your genital or anal region, please get prompt medical advice in

case it is something you really need to worry about.

There are a variety of treatments for warts.  They range from

the medical to the DIY or do-it-yourself to the downright

quackish.  Here are a few of the leading proven treatments.

Laser therapy is one of the most popular wart treatments around.

It is clean, relatively inexpensive, and can be done quickly in

your local doctor’s clinic.  Intense heat energy is used to burn

off the wart and some surrounding tissue, and has the effect of

killing off the virus.  There is some small amount of pain

involved, and you may need a local anesthetic depending on the

length and intensity of treatment, as well as your own good

judgment and the advice of your practitioner.

Cryotherapy uses intense cold, normally from liquid nitrogen, to

freeze the wart and also kill the virus.  The dead wart usually

hangs on for about a week and then falls off.  There can be a

small amount of scarring, but most people are happy with the

result.  Plantar warts, or warts on the soles of the feet, can

be easily treated with this method as scarring is not an issue

with this part of the body.

There are do-it-yourself cryotherapeutic kits you can buy to try

out at home.  Some folks find them effective, some not.  The

main problem with these is that the intense cold of liquid

nitrogen cannot be attained at home without special equipment.

Still, worth a try if you do not want to spend money right away.

One of the oldest and most effective home treatments is

salicylic acid.  This has been around for a long, long time.

This acid can be bought in a weak solution at most drug stores.

The method is simple: apply drops of the acid to the affected

area.  Bandage and keep clean, and repeat daily.  The drawback

of this treatment is that your warts may not disappear for

several weeks.  It will take some patience, but given how cheap

and simple it is, salicylic acid may be just what you need.

Finally, surgery may be recommended in really bad cases of

warts.  This obviously will involve you in some expense and

trouble, so make this your last option.  Excision surgery for

warts is done largely for cosmetic reasons, so your health

insurance plan is unlikely to cover the cost.  Shop around

carefully for different practitioners, and look closely at the

different cost options.