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What Happens if you Damage a Wart?

Warts are annoying and unsightly. They can be the most visible symptom that you have HPV. But what happens if you injure a wart or accidentally pull it off?

If you’ve injured a wart, you should wash the area and press on it until the bleeding stops. If the bleeding does not stop, you should consult your doctor.

Apply salicylic acid

Woman using salicylic acid

When you hurt a wart, salicylic acid is usually the best choice after carefully washing the area. This acid, by irritating the skin, causes your own immune system to react against the wart.

However, there are cases where this action alone is not enough, and it is therefore best to consult a doctor as quickly as possible.

These situations can be not only when they bleed, but also when a wart changes color or shape, itches or hurts with simple touch, or if it oozes or becomes inflamed.

If the wart you’ve injured is on your genitals, do not have sexual intercourse; surely your partner will understand.

Proceed in the same way as with other warts on your body. Keep the area clean, wash your hands after touching the wart, and to soothe the pain, you can apply a cold compress.

It’s not advisable to pull off a wart

If you rub the wart, you can spread the virus to other parts of your body. For this reason, doctors recommend washing warts with soap and water and not rubbing or scratching them.

Many people pull off their warts without knowing that they have deep roots in the skin and small capillaries that feed them.

When injured or pulled off, they bleed, causing the virus to contaminate other areas. This can lead to more warts and even an infection.

Possible treatments proposed by the doctor for a bleeding wart

Doctor smiling at the camera.

If you have a wart that won’t stop bleeding, your priority is to consult your doctor to avoid future problems.

The doctor’s solution may include several treatment options:

  • Cryosurgery. Cryosurgery freezes the tissue through the application of liquid nitrogen or solid carbon dioxide. It can cause minimal pain, but it is also one of the treatments that offers very effective results. The procedure is performed by a dermatologist, spread over several weekly sessions.
  • Topical medication treatment. Treating the wart with topical medication means that the professional recommends the application of special creams or ointments. These products include, as an ingredient, an acid that gradually burns the wart.
  • Electrocoagulation. This procedure uses electric current in the coagulation of the wart tissues. It’s an effective treatment but not often chosen because it requires local anesthesia.
  • Surgical removal of the wart. This is not as effective as it can produce viral dissemination, which results in a high recurrence or multiplication rate of warts.
  • Laser. This is an effective procedure. It may cause minimal discomfort, such as mild pain. It has the downside of potentially leaving some type of scar.

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!


Medically reviewed by Dr. John Wellington. Dr. John Wellington is a board-certified physician specializing in urology. With over 15 years of experience, he is passionate about sharing his knowledge through a popular health blog. Dr. Wellington holds an MD from Ivy League University and is a member of prestigious medical associations.

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