Removal and treatment of warts
Warts are generally harmless, but genital warts should be taken seriously. There are many treatment options for warts, although often warts reappear after treatment, and sometimes multiple types of treatment are necessary. Treatment options include the following:
- Freezing: In this treatment, liquid nitrogen is used to freeze the wart. A blister forms around the wart, and the dead tissue falls off within about a week.
- Medications: Some medications can be applied to try and remove warts such as salicylic acid and cantharidin. Imiquimod is a prescription cream used to treat genital warts.
- Intralesional immunotherapy for common warts is effective and safe and may be considered in refractory cases.
- Minor Surgery: When other treatments fail, minor surgery may be considered. The wart will be cut away, and then the base of the wart will be destroyed using an electric needle or by deep freezing (cryosurgery).
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