If you have a painful or embarrassing wart, you may have tried over-the-counter medications in an attempt to rid your skin of the growth. While some warts may be treated with these products, they aren’t always effective. Warts are caused by the HPV (human papillomavirus), and have dozens of different types, making a one-size-fits-all approach to treatment often unsuccessful. It may be time to consider seeing a dermatologist to find a medical option capable of permanently removing your wart.
Medical Treatments for Warts
There are several medical options available for wart removal. After an examination of the wart, a dermatologist can suggest treatments for your particular problem. Some of the medical treatments that dermatologists can prescribe include:
- Cryotherapy. Freezing warts with nitrogen is one the most common forms of medical removal. However, this treatment can be painful and does not necessarily kill the virus causing the wart.
- Injections. There are a few injectable medications which have been proven effective in treating warts, often helping kill the virus that causes the wart formation. Imiquid, Candidin and Bleomysin are some of these treatments.
- Surgical removal. In some circumstances, it may be recommended to have the wart surgically removed.
Although there are home treatments for warts, it’s important to understand that many types of warts are contagious. If you aren’t careful, instead of removing a wart, you could actually spread the growth to other areas of your body or to other people.
If you have a wart you want removed, visiting an experienced dermatologist is the safest way to effectively treat your growth. They can offer a solution suited to your particular situation.
Posted on behalf of:
Northwest Georgia Dermatology
840 Church Street
Marietta, GA 30060