Warts are common among people around the world. Basic information will help you to understand warts as well as how to remove them. The information provided is the least you should know about the topic.
Warts are classified as benign growths on the skin. They are caused by the human papillomavirus, also known as HPV. This type of skin infection can be transferred from one person to another. If you have a wart, then you should take precautions to keep others around you from getting the infection.
Warts can occur in different places on the body. Warts which occur on the face or in the genital area should not be treated at home with over-the-counter removal kits. Medical advice is strongly encouraged in this situation.
For other warts, such as plantar wart, if at home treatments do not remove the warts, then make an appointment with your family physician. Sometimes, warts will go away without any treatment, but it can take a period of months, or years.
Using Over-the-Counter Remedies
For warts which are common, over the counter remedies may be sufficient to use for removal. These do not normally involve a visit to your doctor. There are two popular applications for at-home treatment. These two methods use salicylic acid – examples include Dr. Scholl’s Clear Away, or DuoFilm Wart Remover. Another one which is popular is Wartrol.
For over the counter products which will freeze warts off, you can use topical agents which have dimethyl ether in them. Product examples will include Compound W Freeze Off and Dr. Scholl’s Freeze Away.
When using salicylic acid applications, they will come in the form of a gel, a liquid, or in a convenient strip for application. The product is placed over the wart for application. For products which use dimethyl ether, the product will come in a canister with single use applications. The single use apparatus will allow the direction of product onto the wart in a direct fashion.
Using Home Remedies for Wart Removal
There are many home remedies available for plantar wart removal. They have been recorded in history, but have not necessarily been medically researched as sound techniques. One example is using duct tape. For this method, the individual will place a strip of duct tape over the wart. The tape will be left in place for approximately six to ten weeks, and then removed. In many cases, when the tape is removed – the wart will come off. With this method, much patience is needed during the process.
Calling your Physician
There are times when a wart should be examined by a physician. If you are not sure if you have a wart, as compared to another form of skin growth, then please see your physician to confirm a diagnosis. Medical doctors can rule out growths which are cancerous, especially for individuals who are over the age of 60.
Infants, who have any type of wart on the body, should be seen by a physician, or pediatrician. Skin at this age is very delicate and a sure diagnosis is needed when dealing with such a young age.
If you suspect genital warts, or warts on your private area (near/on the sex organs), please call your physician for an appointment. A medical exam will be done to begin the treatment process.
There are other times in which it is recommended to see the doctor about wart removal:
• Wart is red and/or painful to touch
• Wart is swollen
• Discharge is coming out of the wart
• Bleeding warts can be a result of something more serious
• Plantar warts (found on feet) which make it difficult to walk/stand
Expectations at Your Appointment
When you visit the physician concerning a wart, you will be examined to confirm a diagnosis. Some physicians will decide for you to wait and see if the skin will clear on its own. In small children, this is usually the method of choice since removal can be very uncomfortable for a child as well as painful.
Warts, many times, will go away without further treatment. Some can be annoying and painful. Several visits to the doctor may occur during treatment of warts. Topical agents may also be prescribed depending on your physician’s thoughts.
Coverage through Insurance
Before calling for an appointment with your doctor, you can check with your insurance carrier to see if wart treatment and removal is covered by your policy. Some insurance provides coverage, while others do not.
If you have a medical spending account, over the counter treatments may be included in products you can purchase for treatment under account guidelines. If more information is needed, please contact your insurance provider for additional details.