Common warts caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) can be treated in a variety of ways. Each patient’s case is unique, so symptoms tend to vary.
There are a number of reasons people choose to have warts treated. Warts may be painful, easily-irritated or could be spreading to other people or parts of the body. Some patients are simply unhappy with the appearance of warts and choose removal for cosmetic reasons.
In any case, the Skin and Cancer Center of Scottsdale offers several types of treatments for the removal of warts. Please call (480) 596-1110 today to schedule an appointment.
What are treatment options for common warts?
There are a variety of treatments to choose from and your doctor will explain each of them during your visit.
Depending on where the warts are located and the symptoms you might be experiencing, your doctor will help you determine which treatment method is best for you.
Certain treatment methods may require more than one visit or will sometimes be combined with another treatment. Methods of treatment include:
- Freezing (cryotherapy): Freezing a wart consists of applying liquid nitrogen directly on the surface. As a result, a blister forms under and around the wart which causes it to fall off. Additionally, freezing has been known to help stimulate your immune system to fight the wart-causing virus. You may experience side effects after treatment including pain, blistering and discoloration of the treated area.
- Acidic skin peeling medication (salicylic acid): This prescription-strength medication slowly removes the layers of tissue that make up the wart. Studies have shown that this type of treatment is most effective when used with cryotherapy.
- Alternative acids: Bichloroacetic or trichloroacetic acid treatments involve shaving the surface of the wart and then applying a strong acid solution to it. Multiple treatments every week are recommended for the best results. Burning and stinging may be present around the treated area.
- Laser treatment: This method involves using a pulsed laser on the wart which in turn will burn (cauterize) tiny blood vessels within the tissue. After treatment, the wart will eventually fall off. Side effects may include pain and scarring around the treated area.