Getting Rid of Warts - How Do You Really Do It?
So then, the question is, how do you get rid of warts? Well, there are actually a number of treatments available, including natural cures as well as surgical ones. Read on to find out the top remedies to help you remove those annoying warts.
Warning: Remedies Below Are Not Intended For Genital Warts
4 Popular Treatments For Warts...
• The Duct Tape Technique
This process is said to “suffocate” warts, and it works by covering them with tape, thereby depleting them of oxygen. You’ll have to leave the tape in place for one day and replace it again. After one week of diligent application, the wart will start to shrink and fall off. This can be a tough method though since mostly the tape may get saggy & droppy and it might also be an uncomfortable feeling to wear the tape all the time.
• The Vinegar Remedy
The acidic content in vinegar is said to kill off the virus that causes warts. Just use a cotton ball to soak in apple cider vinegar or white vinegar and place on the wart. For better results, cover it with bandage. Wash thoroughly the next morning and replace with a new cotton ball and bandage.
This is an easy method that you can apply at home and without any cost, as you like have vinegar in your house already. While natural wart removal methods like this tend to be a bit slow, it's important to remember that it's natural, safe, and cheap -- which is usually the trade off when using home remedies.
• The Salicylic Acid Treatment
Salicylic Acid has long been used as a common treatment for warts. It’s a keratolytic medication which basically means it destroys the keratin component of warts and the dead skin layer on top of it.
Once the skin layer is softened, you can rub off the wart with a pumice stone or even a potato. Salicylic acid is available as gels, drops, plasters and pads. It’s a safe home remedy and painless as well. To avoid burning or damaging the healthy skin around the wart, cover it with bandage or a cloth pad. However, if you feel any discomfort or pain when applying this treatment, discontinue use until you have diluted the mixture a bit more.
• The Freezing Warts Method
Most OTC freezing methods utilize Freon refrigerant for freezing off warts. This treatment tries to replicate the cold temperature of liquid nitrogen which doctors use. These aerosol wart treatments utilize sprays which freeze warts at -70 F. You're not a climatologist, so I'll just say that -70 is VERY VERY COLD. Thats said, when applying this remedy, be sure to use carefully according to package instructions.
Generally, it only takes a few applications of the "freeze away" product before the wart is completely removed. You should also note that such freezing products are not always effective, especially for larger types of warts. These products can be found online, locally at grocery stores, and of course, pharmacies.
When Home Remedies Don't Work - The Surgical Options
When home treatments fail to work and you seem to have tried every known remedy out there but you still have no answer to your question -- how do you get rid of warts -- you can then proceed to the option of surgical treatments. Here are two of the most commonly recommended surgeries for wart removal.
• Laser Surgery: This procedure uses an intense light beam to basically burn off the wart. It’s claimed to be effective but there are possible side effects of scarring and pain. Local anesthetic is used for numbing the skin before the process. Surgical treatments like this can be very costly, even for small warts; however, removal is FAR quicker compared to nonsurgical treatments. For larger warts or multiple warts, several visits may be required.
• Electrosurgery and Curettage: In electrosurgery, electrical current is used to burn the wart, while in curettage, the wart is cut off using a knife or sharp tool. There is also the possibility of scarring with these methods.
Be sure that you consider both advantages and side effects when going for surgical procedures.
Remember, never attempt to remove your wart by cutting, picking or burning as these are hazardous methods and can damage your skin severely if you're not careful. Leave such treatments to the professionals. And honestly, unless a wart is truly bothersome (or hideous), then just stick with natural remedies. There are dozens & dozens of them available and at least one should work for you!