Effective Wart Removal
We all want to get rid of those annoying warts, don't we? This article takes a look at the different methods for wart removal. Some more efficient than others..A wart is a small rough growth on the skin caused by the HPV (human papillonma virus) infection. Warts are generally considered contagious and often appear on the hands, feet and knees, face and genitals. There are different types of warts, planter warts are found on the bottom of the foot. Plane warts or flat plane warts can be found on the face, legs and other parts of the body and usually there are a number of them. Periungual warts are warts found around the finger nails. Filiform warts normally appear as a stalk of single warts on the face.
Removing warts can be a challenge. Warts can be very persistent once you remove them they can often come back. Wart removal medications do not attack the human papillonma virus which causes the warts. It works only on the growth on the skin. People have tried different ways to remove the warts from home remedies like apple cider vinegar, tea extracts and other natural plant extracts. Other people have tried burning and scraping and duct tape. Duct tape is supposed to smother the wart and make it fall off, but keeping duct tape on long enough to work can be a problem.
There are over the counter treatments like salicylic acid in the form of medicated pads, liquids and gels.
Salicylic acid is a keratolytic medication which means it dissolves the protein, which make up the skin and the wart. Another method of over the counter medication is the freezing method. This aerosol spray treatment is similar to what the dermatologist might use except the dermatologist uses liquid nitrogen which is much colder.
The over the counter freeze products are only about minus 70 degrees where the liquid nitrogen is around minus 320 degrees. These over the counter treatments take a lot of patience and you have to be careful not to get it on the surrounding skin. It will not cause any permanent damage to the skin, but it can become red and irritated. The best treatment for wart removal is to see a dermatologist. A dermatologist will have more effective ways to remove warts. One method is to use liquid nitrogen to freeze them. Another is a laser treatment that burns the warts off. Then there is the electocautery which uses an electric needle to burn the warts. Warts will generally disappear on their own, but it can take months or even years.