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Get Rid of Warts
Like I've said before, few people enjoy having a wart. If your wart happens to be on a part of your body that you can keep covered, it may not bother you too much. But if you've got a wart on your face or neck or hands, it could be very stressful indeed. Warts are caused by the HPV virus and they are passed via casual contact, as well as through towels, shared clothing and bedding. While common warts aren't super contagious (like their genital wart counterparts are) they do tend to affect some people rather more often than others and while scientists aren't quite sure why that it, it's possible that it's simply a case of the immune system being particularly sensitive to HPV. If you've got a wart and would like to get rid of it, read on for the popular methods of wart removal. Also, it's important to note that many warts will go away on their own even if left untreated. That said, it's generally best to act immediately to remove a new wart, as leaving it there could lead the the spreading of more warts, which would obviously make the situation worse.
Home Wart Treatment!
1. Salicylic acid
Salicylic acid is a popular form of wart removal treatment. Before showering, get a pumice stone and get rid of the dead cells on the top of the wart. After you shower, apply the salicylic acid after patting the area dry. You'll need to repeat this procedure for several weeks but many people report success with it.
If you go to the doctor you may want to try cantharidin. He or she will apply it to your wart and several hours later it will blister up. Note that this is often a bit painful. Once it blisters the wart is wrapped in a bandage, and the bandage is removed the next day when you go back to the doctor and he will then remove the dead wart. It's not a guarantee however; sometimes the wart is still there. If that's the case, a new treatment may be recommended.
3. Liquid Nitrogen
We've all heard of this, right? Liquid nitrogen is used by doctors to freeze warts and the process does sting a bit. This is also a repetitive process; you'll need to visit your doctor several times for wart treatment -- and, again, there is no guarantee that it will go away by the time treatment is completed.
4. Laser treatment
Laser treatment of warts is said to be easy, painless and safe for adults and children. It works on any wart, on any part of the body, including genital warts. It works like this: the laser stops the wart's blood supply and the wart then falls off. You may want to take a sick day in order to get treatment, but you won't even need a bandaid when it's done.