When a wart turns red, changes in appearance, or causes pain, it is necessary to consult a doctor as it can be due to an infection or other complications from the human papillomavirus (HPV).
Most warts do not cause symptoms and usually go away on their own within 2 years, depending on the immune system of the virus carrier. Therefore, if there are changes in size, texture or color of the lesion, it is necessary to see a doctor to find out what the problem is.
If you have a wart that has changed its color, it is important that you know this information so that you are aware of the measures to take and why this redness occurs in the lesion.
What to do if a wart turns red?
Except in some cases, most warts caused by low-risk human papillomavirus (HPV) are benign. But that does not mean we should neglect them, it is important to observe their evolution to avoid complications.
If you see it turns red, itches, suppurates, bleeds or changes its shape and size, do not hesitate to see a doctor to find out if they are truly HPV warts or another skin disease, and receive the appropriate treatment.
It is also necessary to check them if you feel pain when pressing or rubbing them, or it is located in an internal genital area.
Depending on where it appears, you can consult a dermatologist, gynecologist or general practitioner. A timely diagnosis and treatment will help you reduce the risks that warts may have.
Is it dangerous when a wart turns red?
When a wart turns red, it is a symptom that something is not right and if it does not receive the appropriate treatment the risk of it turning into a precancerous or malignant lesion increases.
Therefore, it is important that the doctor assesses the lesion, especially if it is in the genital area or oropharyngeal cavity.
Measures to reduce the risk of complications in warts
- If you see that the wart has turned red, do not try to cut it with scissors, thread, nail clippers or any other sharp instrument. Not only do you run the risk of the area getting infected, but the virus can spread to other parts of the body causing self-contamination.
- Remember that warts are spread through skin-to-skin contact with a carrier, it can be sexually through mucus or by just having a small break in the skin that allows the virus to enter.
- Keep the area where the wart is clean and dry. Depending on the location and degree of affectation of the lesion, you can apply topical medications based on imiquimod, sinecatechins, chloracetic acid, and podophyllin to remove them.
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.