How To Remove Warts From Face

People often ask us about the best way to remove warts from face. Warts are caused by a virus called human papillomavirus (HPV). There are several types of HPV, and different types cause different kinds of warts, including face warts.

There are many types of warts, including:
  • Common warts. These usually occur on the fingers, hand, knees, and elbows. They are bumpy and grayish-brown. They may have black dots that look like "seeds" in the center.
  • Flat warts. These are usually warts on the face. They are flat and pink. Irritation from shaving may contribute to flat warts in men. In women, they may also appear on the legs for this reason. They often grow in clusters.
  • Plantar warts. These are on the bottom of the feet. They are uncomfortable, like walking on a small stone.
  • Warts can be found on the genitals as well.

Warts are contagious. If you touch someone else's wart, you may get warts yourself. It is possible to get warts from using a towel used by someone with warts. This usually happens if you have open cuts or scratches on your skin. Genital warts are particularly contagious during sexual activity.

Warts are usually not harmful, though. If they are not painful, they may not need to be treated. They will often go away on their own in time. People generally wish to remove warts from face, however, because they feel self-conscious about their appearance when they have face warts.

To minimize your risk of getting warts, particular face warts, wash your hands and face regularly, particularly when you have open cuts or scratches on your skin. Avoid touching warts on other people or using towels or other objects used by people with warts.

If you have warts, don't scratch or pick at them, because you can spread the infection and cause even more warts. Since warts can multiply and spread on your skin, people often want to remove warts from the face before the condition gets worse.

There are a number of treatments available for warts on the face and elsewhere. The following treatments are suitable to remove warts from face, hands, arms, legs, and other body parts. Note that genital warts may require different treatment.

Salicylic acid is found in many over-the-counter medications. It removes the dead skin cells of the warts and causes the wart to fall off eventually. It can take several weeks for the wart of fall off. You should see a doctor before using these products to make sure you have a wart and not something more serious. These products should not be used on plantar warts.

Cryotherapy involves freezing the wart with liquid nitrogen. Other medical treatments involve surgically removing the wart or removing it with laser treatment. Many people prefer not to use these treatments to remove warts from face, because they can leave a scar. These treatments can be painful, as well.

To avoid painful treatments and scarring, more and more people are turning to natural products to treat their warts, particularly face warts where scars would be most noticeable.

If your face warts are very painful, if they change in shape or color, or if they bleed, see your doctor. If you have warts on your genitals, see your doctor.

If you have more questions about how to remove warts from face, feel free to contact us.

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