Not only are there genital warts, but HPV also causes the appearance of common warts. The strains that cause this skin infection are numerous and are transmitted by contact, either skin-to-skin or skin and a contaminated object.
After contact, they can take between 2 and 6 months to appear. These bumps usually appear on the hands, neck, and face, with the latter being the most embarrassing place.
Although the ones on the neck and hands can be seen by others, warts on the face are more exposed and noticeable, which draws all eyes to them. This can make you feel uncomfortable.
Sometimes they disappear on their own, it all depends on how strong the person’s immune system is. Fortunately, there are ways to remove them, so you can resort to them in case your defenses have not been able to fight off the virus.
Treatments to remove facial warts
While facial warts can disappear on their own, there are cases where they do not disappear, and even spread to other parts of the body, such as the eyes, neck, or other places.
Since warts are the product of HPV, a sexually transmitted disease, the doctor will determine which treatment or surgical procedure is appropriate for your case.
One thing we should mention, and your doctor will surely tell you, is that these treatments are not a guarantee that the warts will not reappear. There are people in whom they are eliminated forever, while in others the opposite may happen.
To prevent them from returning, it is important to cure HPV, so that the body eliminates the virus.
1. Salicylic acid
This is one of the first treatments applied by doctors. Before moving on to surgical methods, they try to remove warts with medications such as salicylic acid.
These types of creams are responsible for breaking down each layer of the bump until it disappears. It must be used with great care as it is quite aggressive and can cause irritation to healthy skin.
When medications like this are not able to eliminate warts, doctors usually proceed with other more direct treatments.
For this method of facial wart removal, liquid nitrogen is used, with which the bump and adjacent skin are cooled or frozen. When applied, a kind of blister forms all over the area and falls off after a week.
After cryotherapy, it is normal for other signs such as pain, irritation, and discoloration of the area to appear, so you should not worry unless these symptoms intensify.
You will likely need several sessions, depending on the size of the wart and your doctor’s opinion. In most cases, this procedure is usually enough for the wart to disappear.
However, in some people, it persists and the doctor must decide with which other method to attack the warts.
3. Trichloroacetic acid
This is a chemical treatment that is usually applied if the previous two have not worked. It is a strong chemical solution that burns all layers of the wart until it is eliminated. So, if you are going to apply it yourself, you should be careful.
The doctor can do this procedure, it is safer. The first thing he does is shave the surface of the bump, then apply the acid with a special tool. After this, your skin may look and feel irritated.
4. Minor surgery
In this case, the doctor cuts the wart using a scalpel . This procedure is left as one of the last options for several reasons, starting with the fact that it will leave a scar.
In addition, sometimes it is not advisable to cut this type of tissue because it is very likely that they will reappear and even multiply.
5. Laser treatment
Another way to remove facial warts is by cauterizing them to cut off the blood supply, with a laser. After the procedure, the bump falls off along with all the damaged tissue after a few weeks.
This can leave a small mark or scar on the face that gradually disappears over time, so aesthetically, this option is better than minor surgery.
Of course, there is not much evidence about the effectiveness of laser treatment in warts, in many people it works, as in others it does not.
Home remedies to remove common facial warts
You can also try remedies based on natural ingredients to try to remove warts. Scientifically, none of them are approved, but the success rate can be seen in the number of people who put them into practice.
1. Baking soda
Baking soda works as an antiseptic, cleaning the surfaces it is applied to, including the skin. This is why many people use it to treat warts, as its cleansing effect can help combat the virus on the skin.
You can mix it with a little white vinegar and apply it to the area where the bump is located.
Lemon, like baking soda, has antiseptic effects and also antiviral effects, which can help in the elimination of common warts. We know that lemon is a citrus fruit and these types of fruits are rich in vitamin C.
Remember that vitamin C strengthens the immune system and is very important when it comes to combating viral infections, not to mention its healing properties. You can apply the juice several times a day on the wart you want to eliminate.
3. Tea tree oil
Although it is not proven that tea tree oil is 100% effective in removing warts, the scientific community does confirm its antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antioxidant properties.
All these properties are needed to combat common warts like those on the face, which is why many people use it as a home remedy.
Many of them manage to get rid of the bumps successfully, but it is necessary to carry out the treatment consistently. Ideally, apply small amounts of oil to the affected area, several times a day.
You should be very attentive to your skin’s reaction, if you notice that the area is swollen, red, and irritated, it is best to discard this remedy.
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. 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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