Warts! No one wants them, yet many, if not most people will get them at some time during their life.
What are Warts?
Warts come in many shapes, sizes, and colors and can appear anywhere on the body. Children are more likely to get them and often get them on their hands, feet, and face. No one knows why some people are more likely to get warts than others, maybe it is their immune system.
How do I avoid Getting Warts?
Warts are caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV). The wart virus loves warm, moist places and can be growing on your skin for up to a year before you may notice it. The wart virus is spread through contact so if you have a wart, it is important to avoid picking, rubbing, or scratching at it to prevent the spread of the virus.
Warts can be removed by treating with over-the-counter medicines, such as Salicylic Acid. You can also purchase products to freeze the wart off. None of the over-the-counter treatments are as strong as what you can get at a doctor’s office.
Many people say that their warts have gone away by keeping the wart covered with a small piece of duct tape. This method can be difficult to apply…first, you may look silly with a piece of duct tape on your skin, second, everyone will assume you have a wart because this has been a well-publicized wart treatment. However, this duct tape method of treatment doesn’t seem to be very effective because it creates the perfect environment for your wart virus to thrive—a warm, moist place.
To remove a particularly stubborn wart I found a product that worked better than the regular over the counter products; Trichloroacetic Acid Solution (TCA 80% Concentrated Chemical Skin Peel). This product is what is often used in chemical skin peels, of course, it is diluted and not used at 80% concentrate for the peel.
You can buy Trichloracetic Acid Here.
Trichloracetic Acid has been proven to remove warts in 80 percent of cases after 6 to 10 weeks of treatment (some people see faster results, but a little patience is required here).
When you apply TCA, it will cause a few minutes of mild burning sensation to the area where it has been applied. The medicine is not readily absorbed into the body, so you don’t need to worry about that, it is only a local skin irritant. That being said, you do not want to get this on any other part of your skin because it will burn your skin and could cause scarring.
If you have tried salicylic acid wart treatments, such as DuoFilm, or Compound W or if you have tried the Freezing of your warts to no avail, then giving Trichloracetic Acid may be worth a try.
Safety Warning: It’s important to understand trichloroacetic acid will cause a chemical burn when applied to the skin. Excessive applications or even a single application of a high concentration (usually 50% or higher), may cause scarring. The most commonly accepted concentrations for use as a chemical peel are between 10% and 30%. If purchasing a higher concentration, dilution may be required depending on needs. Special care should be taken to avoid contact with healthy skin surrounding skin tags, warts, or moles when applying to avoid possible scarring and/or long lasting redness. AVOID CONTACT WITH HEALTHY SKIN OR AREAS WHICH ARE NOT MEANT TO UNDERGO A CHEMICAL BURN. USER ASSUMES ALL RISK OF DAMAGE OR INJURY TO SKIN. HANDLE WITH CARE. KEEP OUT OF THE REACH OF CHILDREN. KEEP OUT OF THE EYES, NOSE, & MOUTH