When a person suffers from warts the first form of treatment that typically comes to mind is wart freezing. Throughout this document we will visit various treatments that may be considered as an alternative to wart freezing to minimize the risk of scarring as well as other adverse reactions that can occur with the common practice of wart freezing.
A virus called the human papillomavirus causes all types of common warts. This virus reproduces itself inside the skin cells, causing them to multiply or grow into a small bump called a wart. Almost everybody gets a wart or two at some time in their life, but occasionally, when they are numerous or in a troublesome area, they can cause real problems. Warts constantly release micro viral organisms that cause the virus to spread so easily through direct skin-to-skin contact. In some of the more stubborn cases of warts a physician may opt for wart freezing as a form of treatment.
Common warts are not malignant and rarely become malignant. Studies have shown over 100 different types of wart virus that attack humans. Most of these are not related to cancers. However, a few of the types of wart virus (not the types that cause hand and finger warts) are related to cervical cancer. In cases where these types of warts are detected you should maintain regular examinations with your health care provider. Men who have genital warts should inform their partners and women partners of men with warts should have frequent pelvic exams and PAP smears to check for cervical cancer. In cases of wart related viral infections that cause cervical cancer or severe abnormal cell changes, wart freezing or the infected area may be one of the only options a health care provider has to treat the virus.
Warts are contagious, in that those who are susceptible to the virus can "catch" it from you, and in fact you may spread the virus to other areas of your own skin. We see this quite commonly with one variant of warts, called flat warts. These occur most often on the face, but can be found on other soft skin, such as the arms and legs. Just because a physician has chosen the method of wart freezing does not mean the person is no longer contagious. The virus does remain in a suppressed state so continue to practice caution when coming into contact with others.
Even though individual warts sometimes go away, probably due to an immune or allergic reaction of the body to the wart substance, they are often causing more warts during the dormant period. It is important to treat them if and when you find them, to prevent other warts from forming.
There are many treatments of common skin warts. One method is cryosurgery or wart freezing. This is one of the most commonly used, however there are many others that a health care provider may suggest that can and do put up a good fight against warts without the added discomfort that comes with a treatment like wart freezing methods.
In cryosurgery or wart freezing, liquid nitrogen is applied at a temperature of 196 degrees centigrade below zero, causing the skin below the wart to blister. After the application of nitrogen and blistering the blister will crust and falls off, resulting in the wart going away and unlikely to return. This usually happens within two weeks of the freezing treatment.
Wart freezing does cause stinging in the area and is then followed by redness and a fairly immediate blistering reaction. If your warts are treated with the wart freezing method, you can expect some pain in the blistered areas for several minutes to several hours after wart freezing therapy and probably some throbbing in the area frozen later on. Usually, if any pain relief is needed after wart freezing, an over-the-counter pain medication can handle this effectively. If you notice excess redness where the wart freezing have taken place, you should call your health care provider. Other problems include tenderness and cloudy or yellowish drainage from the blisters when they break.
Some warts that are treated by cryosurgery or the wart freezing method will develop a bloody blister underlying them, which looks blue, or blue-black, and quite ugly, but this is indeed a normal reaction for these warts. The blood blister is caused during the wart freezing process when the tiny blood vessels that feed the wart are ruptured. The blisters are to be left alone and not burst or broken intentionally. Remember that a soft blister breaks easier, and that a wet blister is soft, so you should try to keep the blister as dry as possible for several days following the wart freezing treatment. If the blisters break too early, two complications can result. The first of these is that the wart may imbed itself back down on the normal skin, and the virus will grow back into the normal skin. This can result in a recurrence of the wart. Even warts that have endured the wart freezing method can recur in some patients because the virus is often present in the adjacent skin cells.
The second complication is that of an infection when the blister is broken prematurely. If you notice any excessive redness or pus formation around the wart or extreme tenderness, or any signs of streaks near the wart that has been treated, you should notify your regular physician or me at once. This could be a secondary infection and may need to be treated with antibiotics. When the blisters break normally, a little clear fluid can often be seen flowing from them. If you see pus, yellowish or cloudy liquid, call your health care provider at once.
Ordinarily, wart freezing leaves little or no scar in the area treated. There may be some slightly pigmented (light or dark) left for a few weeks after the wart freezing treatment and usually fade progressively.
Generally wart freezing is NOT recommend for warts removal for two reasons: The warts will often re-grow, because this is an infectious disease that can leave virus behind after surgery. Warts on the bottoms of the feet (plantar warts) are much more difficult to treat because of the weight-bearing factor. Using the wart freezing method can leave painful scarring to be endured and is often senseless pain given the alternatives.
You might consider another all-natural or over-the-counter treatment option to see how affective they are in your particular warts case. One highly recommended product is warts no more by Forces of Nature. It is doctor recommended and is supported by several consumer comments. Regardless of what treatment option you choose, make sure to discuss them with your physician completely. Find out all your options and weigh the pros and cons of each. I think you will find that opting for a natural treatment is well worth the time to be invested if it proves to work in your particular case especially if you have taken an all-natural approach to warts treatment and have an end result that eliminates the adverse reactions of lingering affects that wart freezing can.