Since warts have their own blood supply and affect several layers of skin, there are certain occasions when warts may bleed. However, even though they are highly contagious, the blood from a wart is not contagious.
Contagion occurs through direct skin-to-skin contact. Generally, the virus is transmitted through a skin lesion, such as a cut or a scrape.
Why does a wart bleed?
Usually, bleeding occurs when touching them or due to friction from clothes. When a wart is injured or when trying to remove it incorrectly, the wart may bleed. Therefore, there are two reasons why you should avoid touching or scratching a wart:
- To prevent the blood vessels found in the dermal papillae of the wart from starting to bleed.
- By touching it, you can spread the virus to other parts of your body where new warts may appear.
Different methods to remove warts
Likewise, the removal of warts should be done according to the type of wart to be treated. Therefore, it is advisable to consult with a doctor about the best method.
- If it is a common wart, you can remove it with some of the products commonly found at home, such as garlic, radish, lemon, or aloe vera, among others.
- When warts are generated by the HPV virus, the professional will recommend the most appropriate removal treatment. It could be a topical treatment with a product that you can get at pharmacies. These can be creams, resins, or a preparation that includes acid.
- For more complex warts to remove, the professional will decide whether to perform surgery, and in that case, which of the methods is most appropriate. They can choose between cryotherapy, laser, surgical excision, or electrocautery.
Generally, when opting for surgery, it is for specific reasons that prevent other types of treatment. It may happen that other treatments have not been effective, the area to be treated is very large, or you are pregnant and it is necessary to avoid risks for your baby.
Preventing the spread of warts
By practicing some good habits, you can avoid the spread of warts:
- Avoid direct contact with any wart, whether it is yours or someone else’s.
- Never cut or tear off a wart, no matter how small it is.
- Do not weaken a wart using a nail file or nail clippers that you use for other purposes. What you use to treat your wart should be disposable.
How to stop heavy bleeding from a wart?
Stopping the bleeding and isolating the wound to prevent any infection is the most important thing. To treat the wound, it is essential to use disposable gloves.
- First and foremost, remove any garment that may contaminate the wound.
- Do not try to clean the bleeding wart.
- Cover the wound with a sterilized gauze, and press on it.
- Once the bleeding has stopped, wrap the area with a thick bandage and hypoallergenic adhesive tape.
- If you notice through the bandage that the bleeding continues, place more gauze and bandage on top and continue to apply pressure on the bandages.
After finishing the procedure, it is essential to wash your hands carefully.
Lastly… what should you do if you have HPV?
These were some tips to help you know how to deal with HPV. However, there is much more you need to do if you really want to get rid of HPV and warts forever.
What you need to do is GET RID OF THE ROOT of the problem.
For that reason, I recommend you to look into Dr. Kirkland's story and how he was able to cure HPV and get rid of warts for good.
I wish you great success in your recovery!
Medically reviewed by Dr. Amy Wilson. Dr. Amy Wilson, born in the United States, obtained her medical degree from Lincoln University School of Medicine. Specializing in obstetrics and gynecology, she’s dedicated 15 years to women’s health, becoming a distinguished gynecologist and serving in various U.S. medical institutions.