Many common Warts may disappear on their own within two years, although new ones may develop nearby. Sometimes people want to treat them for cosmetic purposes, especially if they are unsightly or causing discomfort.
Some of the commonly used methods in treatment for warts are:
- Topical applications such as podophyllotoxin, imiquimod, trichloracetic acid, etc. However, they tend to cause local skin reactions and the patient needs to see the doctor if the reaction is severe or persistent.
- Freezing (cryotherapy or liquid nitrogen therapy): Liquid nitrogen is used to destroy the wart by freezing it. This treatment entails mild pain and repeated treatments may be needed.
- Laser therapy is used to destroy the wart tissue.
- Heat Treatment for Warts such as electrocautery or loop electrosurgical excision procedures.
- Surgery: The wart is cut off surgically. However, surgery can be painful and may leave a scar.
It must be remembered that the kinds of treatment for warts mentioned above do not provide a permanent solution. In fact, the chances of recurrence with increased intensity are high.