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Can you Cut Warts off with Nail Clippers?

Removing warts with nail clippers is not a safe method. But let’s delve a little deeper into this. Warts are a type of skin lesion that generally do not result in major risks.

However, the appearance of these lesions often causes great discomfort, especially on an emotional level. They are seen as an aesthetic defect and can affect self-esteem.

Faced with this, some people are motivated to remove the wart on their own, even using sharp objects like nail clippers. But, is this practice safe and effective for removing these lesions?

Why isn’t it good to remove a wart with nail clippers?

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For many, the idea of cutting off warts with nail clippers is ideal because it offers the possibility of instant removal. However, this practice is not recommended by doctors due to the risks it carries.

And what initially might seem like a solution, in many cases, can turn into a significant medical problem. Here are some reasons why it’s not safe to remove warts with nail clippers.

It can cause bleeding and a lot of pain

Just as there is affected tissue due to the appearance of the wart, there is often surrounding healthy tissue. And by removing the lesion in this way, using a sharp object, it is common to remove several portions of skin, which can cause bleeding.

Usually, the bleeding is accompanied by pain in the area and redness of it. Depending on where the lesion is located, it can be more painful due to the presence of nerve endings.

It increases the risk of spreading the lesions

Since many warts are caused by the Human Papilloma Virus, they are highly contagious lesions.

So there is a risk that these lumps will spread to other areas, thus affecting the healthy skin around the wart that was removed. In addition, this practice can lead to the risk of infecting others with this virus.

As the nail clipper is an element that comes into contact with the lesions, and if a person not carrying HPV comes into contact, it could result in infection.

It facilitates the development of an infection

Removing a wart using nail clippers or scissors is highly risky because the affected skin is coming into contact with an element that might host harmful microorganisms such as bacteria.

This is even more dangerous in cases where bleeding occurs due to the removal of a wart with nail clippers. Moreover, infections can produce multiple symptoms and even pose a critical health risk.

There might be a scar left behind

Finally, it’s not safe to remove warts with nail clippers because there is a significant risk of leaving a scar. Remember that there are several clinical methods to treat these lesions effectively and safely, such as cryotherapy.

And to remove a wart in one day, nothing is better than electrocautery, a procedure that also reduces the risk of a scar appearing.

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.

Click here to see what he did

I wish you great success in your recovery!

Frequently asked questions

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Can I cut a wart off myself?

Never cut off a wart on your own because it can become infected and spread to other parts of the body.

Is a wart dead if it bleeds?

No, a bleeding wart does not mean that it is dead. Sometimes warts bleed because clothing or other material rubs against their surface, where there are blood vessels, and that’s why they can bleed. If a wart bleeds very often, I advise you to see a doctor as soon as possible for an examination.

How does a wart look when it’s dying?

Warts turn brown or white when dying.

Can you cut a wart off with scissors

No, you can’t cut off a wart with scissors. Just like if you use nail clippers, the wart can become infected if you cut it with scissors.


Dr. Amy Wilson

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.


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