How to Remove Warts Safely and Effectively? by Dr. Tracie O’Keefe DCH, BSHc, ND

Wart are areas of the skin that have become contorted, hard, raised and bumpy. They can appear on any part of the skin’s surface.

Not all warts are brown and have hairs growing out of them but all warts are the result of viral infections, usually the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV).

Warts are contagious and the virus and can be spread from person to person via contact. You can be born with warts or you may develop them at some time in in your life and their emergence may be the result of a weakened immune system.

Warts can be unsightly and make you feel uncomfortable about your appearance. They can also be impractical in that parts of the wart catch on your clothing and may start bleeding.

You may want those warts removed but are unsure of the best methods to do that to give the result that you might like. You are not alone as millions of people over the years have warts removed to improve their appearance.

There are many different kinds of skin deviation and sometimes what constitutes a wart may be a grey area.

All warts have roots that stretch down into the skin just below the surface but sometimes those roots can spread for several inches. Some warts can become cancerous or cause the skin around them or their roots to become cancerous.

Wart removal can be achieved by many means.

Topical wart removal solutions contain salicylic acid which causes skin to disintegrate and the water drops off but the roots may not be affected so the wart can grow back.

Surgical removal by a specialist removes the warts and surrounding skin and the area is drawn together with a stich. The roots may not be affected so the wart can grow back.

Cryotherapy involves freezing with liquid nitrogen, which causes the ward to become hard, its blood supply is damaged and in few days the wart drops off. The roots may not be affected so the wart can grow back.

Short wave diathermy using an electrical probe to cauterise the wart allows it to be immediately removed and the skin to be flattened, or it may drop off a few days later. The roots may not be affected so the wart can grow back.

Removal by herbal salve is the only method to remove the wart and destroy the roots’ blood supplies. The herbal salve seeks out the roots and cuts off the blood supply without damaging surrounding skin. This treatment should be administered only by an experienced herbalist. The maximum removal occurs when short wave diathermy is used first to open up the wart so the salve can penetrate.

Over the next several days the wart is packed with herbs, then cleaned, and eventually the whole structure drop out of the skin, leaving a hole that heals within seven to 10 days. The wart does not grow back because it has no roots but this should only be done under the care of a health professional with experience in herbalism and aesthetics or nursing.

To book an appointment at my clinic to remove your warts, call 02 8021 6429.

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