Some people get a strange amount of satisfaction when they eliminate a wart, as it’s often the end of a great burden and they can begin to reclaim their lives again. For those people who have warts and are thinking about getting rid of them it’s important to know how a doctor will deal with a wart. It’s also important to be aware of any potential complications that might arise as a result of wart removal.
Salicylic acid has been demonstrated by scientists to be particularly effective at treating warts. Doctors may either apply or prescribe a salicylic acid-based remedy to eliminate warts. There’s also evidence to show that there might be a difference between gels and creams, when comparing the effectiveness of each treatment.
On a side note, if salicylic acid is used then make sure that the skin around the wart is protected as it can damage healthy skin. Sticking a corn plaster over the wart after the application of the acid should protect against the spread of the acid.
Cryotherapy is the act of using cold nitrogen gas to freeze the wart. The idea behind this is that the nitrogen will freeze the wart and cause a blister to form. This blister will eventually lead to a scab that will then fall off. The whole process will usually take about seven to ten days to complete. This has been marketed as one of the most effective treatments around, but it will also cost quite a lot in the US due to the advanced equipment used.
Duct tape is a treatment that can be done at home. Simply place a piece of duct tape over the wart for about a week. If the tape falls off then simply replace it. After this amount of time has elapsed just place the wart in water and soak it. Take an emery board, which is commonly what nail files are made of, and rub the rough areas away.
To complete the treatment leave the wart(s) uncovered overnight, but remember to add a new piece of tape in the morning. Repeat this for around two or three months and the wart should disappear. The idea behind it is that the wart will slowly be asphyxiated as the oxygen supply has been cut off by the tape.
Surgery is not recommended for the removal of warts because even though it provides instant results at least 33% of surgical cases result in the warts coming back. It’s also quite expensive to undergo surgery. There are two major surgical methods employed though: