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Is It Dangerous to Cut Off a Wart? Better Check This Out

Specialists have considered it dangerous to cut off a wart using home remedies, as it can cause several problems. For instance, this practice might lead to deeper injuries and a risk of bleeding.

Some people believe that by pulling off a wart, they can solve the problem, but this is untrue. Initially, these skin lesions may be deeper than one thinks, resulting in only a portion being removed and not all of the affected tissue.

Furthermore, when choosing to remove a wart with nail clippers or another sharp object, there’s a risk of spreading the occurrence of more lesions. This is because warts tend to be highly contagious.

Why is it dangerous to cut off a wart?

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While the appearance of warts might not pose a significant complication, as they usually don’t affect beyond aesthetics, they cannot be considered normal.

This is because the development of these types of lesions is often linked to the body’s reaction when exposed to a virus. The most common cause is the Human Papillomavirus.

Experts have concluded that cutting off a wart is dangerous for the following reasons:

  • The lesion can worsen: there’s a possibility of only removing a portion of the affected tissue, but not treating the wart from its root, causing the lesion to look worse. Typically, the affected area will become irritated, causing pain.
  • It can spread to other areas: since these lesions are highly contagious, trying to remove them with home remedies may hasten their appearance in other parts of the body.
  • There’s a bleeding risk: home methods to remove a HPV wart often don’t have good contingency or prevention for bleeding. This situation, besides being painful, is somewhat hazardous.
  • Increased risk of infection: if the lesion bleeds, it opens up the possibility of developing an infection that will travel through the bloodstream. This is one of the most serious dangers associated with removing these types of lesions unprepared.
  • Scarring might occur: various home remedies to cut off a wart often increase the risk of scarring. If your intent was aesthetic improvement, this action is counterproductive.

So, how to remove HPV warts?

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Considering that it’s risky to cut off a wart at home, it’s best to seek clinical treatments. Depending on the location and appearance of the lesion, specialists might suggest various treatments.

For example, small warts can be treated with topical medications such as salicylic acid. Although it doesn’t remove the lesion immediately, it’s a progressively efficient treatment.

If you wish to remove the wart for immediate results, there are other ideal treatments. For instance, laser wart removal or electrosurgical excision procedures.

These are procedures where the affected tissues are burned off and then removed from the skin. A blister then forms, and after a few days, the skin’s appearance significantly improves.

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.

Click here to see what he did

I wish you great success in your recovery!


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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