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Warts Treatment Information
Removal is not always the best approach to warts. They often fade on their own as the body’s immune system becomes sensitive to the particular strain (exact type) of human papilloma virus (HPV) causing them. If you choose to have a wart removed, HPV may remain in your skin even after removal, so the wart may return. Before getting a wart removed, consider that removal may leave a permanent scar. Sometimes it is best to let the infection run its course and fade away on its own.
Over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription creams can destroy warts over time. We also have procedures we can do to remove warts in an office visit:
- Excision. This is a minor surgical procedure that removes the wart.
- Cryotherapy. Liquid nitrogen painted on the wart freezes and destroys it.
- Electrosurgery. We use an electric probe to apply high heat directly to the wart, destroying it.
- Chemical treatment. Certain chemicals painted on the wart cause blistering that destroys it.
- Immunotherapy. We can inject the wart with a substance that causes the immune system to respond to the virus.
Unlike most warts, which do not lead to other health problems, genital warts are a special case. These warts are in sensitive areas (the genitals, anus and sometimes the mouth and throat). Some of the strains of HPV that cause genital warts can cause cervical or anal cancer. Careful treatment reduces or eliminates the appearance of genital warts, but cannot cure the underlying HPV infection. A vaccine has been developed for some strains of HPV that can cause cancers, such as cervical, anal and oral cancer, and warts. This vaccine prevents infection by these strains and has reduced the incidence of HPV-related cancers and genital warts.
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This website of the U.S. National Library of Medicine provides concise, detailed information about warts and wart treatments.
This U.S. government website features basic information about warts with extensive links to more information and resources.