Call the doctor if the wart continues to worsen despite
home therapy. If you see no improvement in the wart using salicylic acid after 12 weeks, call the doctor for an appointment to discuss other methods of wart removal.
Call the doctor if the wart changes shape or color. There is the possibility that you are not treating a wart.
Call the doctor if the wart starts bleeding after only a slight brush or bump or if you have difficulty stopping the bleeding while trimming the wart.
genital warts should see a doctor. The treatments described here are not appropriate for genital warts and should not be used.
Aside from pain from Planter Warts that cannot be controlled with over-the-counter
medication, there is no need to visit a hospital's emergency department for wart treatment.
Home care is effective in making the wart or warts go away. No matter what technique you use, warts will disappear 60-70% of the time. Techniques may be done with or without
The ultimate goal of the medical therapies (not the surgical treatments) is to get your body to recognize the wart as something foreign and to destroy it, much like the body destroys a cold virus.
Adhesive tape therapy
Salicylic acid therapy
Follow the home care plan or treatment given to you by your doctor. Several of the wart-removal treatments, such as liquid nitrogen and laser therapy, may require repeat visits.
If your wart was treated with liquid nitrogen, laser therapy, or surgical removal, apply local wound care. Local wound care includes keeping the area covered with a sterile bandage, applying an antibiotic ointment, and looking for signs of an infection.
Signs of an infection include increasing redness and pain at the treatment site, red streaks going up an extremity toward the heart, pus coming from the wound, or a fever of 101°F or higher. If any of these occur, you need to follow up with your doctor or be seen in a hospital's emergency department.
Avoid touching warts on others or touching them on yourself (refrain from rubbing a warty finger across your face). Wear shower shoes in the gym locker room to lower your risk of picking up the virus that causes plantar warts from the moist environment.
Most warts will disappear without treatment in 6 months to 3 years. Warts tend to return though.
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