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Warts (cont.)

Medical Treatment

In addition to recommending the home care treatments, your doctor may choose to treat the wart more aggressively.

  • Liquid nitrogen: Liquid nitrogen or cryotherapy is used to deep freeze the wart tissue. With liquid nitrogen applied to the wart, the water in the cells expands, thus exploding the infected tissue. The exploded cells can no longer hide the human papillomavirus from the body's immune system. The immune system then works to destroy the virus particles.
  • Laser therapy: Lasers are simply very intense light sources. This light has an enormous amount of energy that heats the tissue enough that it vaporizes.
  • Other therapies mentioned in the literature include imiquimod (Aldara, Zyclara), cantharidin, cidofovir (Vistide), and several other medications and methods that are usually suggested or administered by a physician.
  • Surgical removal: Surgery may be necessary when other treatment methods fail. This would involve numbing the region around the wart and cutting out the wart.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/7/2012
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