Facial warts are caused by a type of human papillomavirus (HPV). In fact, all warts, regardless of their location, are caused by viruses from this large family (which has over 200 members).
Today we will tell you more about human papillomavirus and what you can do to get rid of facial warts.
What is the human papillomavirus?
Human papillomavirus is a virus characterized by causing warts in people it infects. Although it does so only when it manifests itself, because in most cases it does not cause any sign or symptom.
As we have mentioned, there are over 200 types of this virus. Depending on the type of virus, warts may appear on different parts of the body and have different shapes.
Facial warts are the product of a low-risk type of HPV that you may have contracted through direct contact with a wart from an infected person or through indirect contact with a contaminated object such as a razor, a towel, among others.
Should I worry about the appearance of warts on my face?
If there are only a few, no, there is no need to worry. Warts do not pose a risk to your health unless you injure them by cutting them, in which case they could become infected.
However, if you notice that they are appearing more and more, it is advisable to see a doctor, as this could indicate that your immune system is not functioning optimally.
Furthermore, it is important to clarify that warts are usually asymptomatic, that is, they should not hurt, itch, or present any other manifestation, otherwise you should see a doctor to evaluate them.
Warts are mainly an aesthetic problem, especially those on the face. That’s why it’s logical that you would want to treat them to eliminate them.
How are facial warts treated?
Due to their location, these warts should be treated with special care to avoid infections and hard-to-remove marks.
The most effective way to treat them is with minor surgeries. For example:
- laser surgery,
- or electrocautery.
These are procedures performed by a specialist in a health center. Their effectiveness in removing warts is 100% and leaves no scar or mark.
There are over-the-counter wart medications, such as salicylic acid or trichloroacetic acid.
However, it is not recommended to apply wart medications to the face, as there is a high risk of excessively damaging the skin and ending up with unwanted marks. Consult with a dermatologist before doing so.
Finally, you could try home remedies such as:
- aloe vera,
- apple cider vinegar,
However, their effectiveness is uncertain as there are not many scientific studies proving that they work to eliminate warts.
Strengthening your immune system is the key
Facial warts can be treated and eliminated, but they could reappear. The only way to guarantee their complete disappearance is by eliminating the virus from your body.
And the virus can only be eliminated by your immune system; there is no medical treatment for 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.
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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