Warts are unsightly and often painful growths on your skin that can seemingly appear from nowhere.
In reality, warts are a type of skin infection and are caused by viruses.
They are more likely to develop if your skin is cracked or broken.
For example a cut that allows the virus to enter your skin.
Dermatologists aren’t exactly sure why certain people are more likely to get warts than others, and it’s common for children to get more warts than adults typically because their immune systems have yet to fully develop.
Warts do typically clear up with any treatments, but the virus can take up to 2 years to completely leave your system and for warts to disappear.
This can vary from person to person and those with a stronger immune system will be able to clear up the virus on their own without treatment.
However, if the wart is causing pain or you want to get rid of it quickly, then you do have the option of treating it.
In this article, we’ll be covering a couple of ways to help you get rid of warts.
Do not pick at the wart and remember that they are contagious
Warts are unfortunately contagious.
This means you can get them by coming in contact with someone else’s warts or even sharing something like a bath towel with someone that has warts.
This is because warts are caused by a virus, meaning that it can pass on to someone else if you’re not careful.
This means that you can also spread warts from one part of your body to another.
And this stresses the importance of keeping the wart contained and leaving it alone.
Do not pick at it, do not try to shave over it and try to warn others if you have warts.
This is so that you do not pass them from one person to another.
Ask your doctor about freezing remedies
One popular way to get rid of a wart is to freeze it.
Use a cold spray treatment that can be purchased at a store or liquid nitrogen for larger ones with the help of our doctor.
They can be frozen and eventually fall off.
Keep in mind that freezing a wart will cause a blister around it which can also look unsightly. However, once it falls off, it will give your skin time to heal.
Before trying any at-home remedies that involve freezing, please keep in mind to contact your doctor so that you can get real advice on how to proceed.
This is also known as cryotherapy and will require the assistance of your doctor.
Salicylic acid wart treatments
Another popular method of getting rid of warts is to try creams, gels and plasters.
Particularly ones that contain salicylic acid as an active ingredient.
Salicylic acid is known to be just as effective as cryotherapy for treating warts and they are all effective at helping to destroy the warts.
The acid will gently peel away the skin together with the wart so that it leaves your skin wart-free.