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Is It Normal for a Wart to Bleed?

Warts have their own blood supply. They contain dermal papillae which in turn have blood vessels. That is why it can happen that with the friction of a garment or a bad movement, the wart gets injured and bleeds. Also, a wart can bleed when attempting an inappropriate removal method.

Warning sign of a wart

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Common warts are generally benign, and considering that in most cases they are also asymptomatic, you must pay attention. If you have a wart that suddenly begins to change, it is time to consult your doctor.

Changes can be, change of color, start to grow in size, start to bleed, cause pain or itching.

Oncologists comment that any of these signs can be a warning of some malignant alteration of the cells that form the wart.

Stopping a wart from bleeding

First of all, it is worth mentioning that this is a temporary solution until you consult your doctor. It is important to stay calm and act as you do with any other wound:

  • Press the area with a clean, absorbent cloth for several minutes.
  • If the wart is located in an area that allows you to keep it elevated above the heart, do so. This action reduces blood flow and will stop the bleeding quickly. For example, if the wart is on the arm or hand, place the arm above the head. If it is on the leg, lie down and elevate the leg.
  • Once the bleeding has stopped, gently clean the area with fresh potable water and dry with a clean, dry cloth. When handling the wound, try not to damage it again. It is not recommended to use antiseptics.
  • Cover with a sterilized bandage that you will replace every time it gets wet or stained. Keep the wound covered until the wart heals.

Preventing a wart from bleeding

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It is important to avoid scratching, rubbing, or handling the wart in any other way. Besides injuring it and starting to bleed, it can get infected. Also, it can spread to other parts of your body.

Another thing you should not do to prevent a wart from bleeding is to try to remove it if you do not have the appropriate information. If it is a common wart, there are topical treatments that you can buy at the pharmacy.

If it is a genital wart, the best option is to consult your doctor, as depending on the type of wart, location, size, etc., they will indicate the most appropriate treatment to apply.

What is a pyogenic granuloma?

In some cases, a reddish lump begins to grow on the skin. It is strawberry-colored, can have different sizes, and bleeds frequently. The person believes it is a bleeding wart, but it is not.

It is a lesion called pyogenic granuloma. It is a protruding lump, with a smooth and moist texture. It is benign, but as it contains numerous blood vessels, it bleeds easily.

It is unknown why they occur. They grow rapidly and can be diagnosed by a professional, at a glance. However, it can be confused with a wart or melanoma.

For its removal, surgery is performed with local anesthesia, applying the scraping or freezing method.

Lastly… what should you do if you have HPV?

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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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