When removing a wart with natural or medical treatment, there is the risk of recurrence, as you are only removing the lesion and not the human papillomavirus (HPV) that causes it. There is no certainty whether more warts will appear or not, it primarily depends on the conditions of your immune system.
Do not make the mistake of trying to cut off a wart, no matter how small it may be, with scissors, clippers, or another sharp instrument. You run the risk of not only having more warts appear, but also of infection and spilling blood which can spread to other parts of the body.
If you plan on removing a wart, it is necessary that you are aware of the following information to avoid a recurrence.
Why is there a risk of a wart reappearing after removing it?
Warts are caused by some types of low-risk HPV, and although there are different treatments to remove them, there is no specific cure for eliminating the virus. Therefore, if the virus causing the warts remains active in the body, the lesion may reappear.
By removing a wart yourself, the risk of the virus spreading and causing more lesions elsewhere on your skin is greater. There is also the possibility that the wart is not fully removed from the root and it grows back.
Remember these lesions will not appear immediately, they take months to develop and not all people infected with HPV show symptoms. Therefore, there is no certainty that more will reappear or not if you remove them.
What should I do if I remove a wart and more appear?
If you have completed a treatment to remove a wart and after some time more appear, we recommend that you see a doctor for other options.
You also have the option of monitoring the progress of the lesion and letting your immune system work to combat the virus, eliminating it naturally (check out this post if you want to know how you can eliminate the virus).
If you notice changes in size, color, or shape, do not hesitate to consult a doctor, as it could be a warning sign of complications.
Depending on the location, size or degree of the lesion’s severity, you may choose topical medications such as Imiquimod, Podophyllin, or Trichloroacetic acid.
For more immediate results, you can choose cryotherapy, laser, or surgery. The important thing in this case is not to self-medicate but to comply with the treatment prescribed by a doctor.
Remember, it is also necessary to adopt healthy habits to improve the conditions of your immune system. This way, you will help your body fight the virus and prevent the development of symptoms.
Recommendations for removing a wart to prevent it from coming back
After going through a treatment to remove a wart, it is important to follow certain measures to prevent more from appearing. Primarily, keep good hygiene in the area where the lesion was.
It is also important to reduce risk factors that increase the possibility of HPV transmission:
- change your lifestyle,
- avoid excessive consumption of alcohol and tobacco,
- eliminate high-risk relationships,
- do not have unprotected sex (condoms, oral barriers),
- and strengthen your immune system.
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.