Warts are spread by a virus, called the human papilloma virus or HPV, and are spread by direct contact with the virus by an area of broken skin that allows it to gain entry. Our feet and hands are constantly touching foreign surfaces throughout the day and because of this, the hands and feet are the two most locations on the body.
Getting a wart on the hand or finger can be painful because as we go about our daily activities, there is a good chance we will put pressure on the wart and irritate it. I recommend you avoid the many folk remedies you may read about on various sites because they are the least effective methods, and there are better and more proven ways to get rid of warts.
Remove the wart when you first notice it, before it has time to grow
One of the keys to removing the wart is killing it early, before it has time to really take root in your skin and grow. This is when it’s easiest and least painful to get rid of the wart. In order to successfully remove a wart, the entire root must be extracted or else it will likely grow back again.
The longer a wart is allowed to remain on the skin, the deeper the root will grow and you may find that after removal, it keeps growing back over and over again. Kill it early in its life cycle and you have the greatest odds of success.
Salicylic acid is very effective for getting rid of warts on the hand and fingers
The first thing product you will want to try is a chemical called salicylic acid, which is available in several over-the-counter medications you can find at your local drugstore. Just go to the section with wart removal products and look on the ingredients label to check for salicylic acid in the active ingredients. If you are unsure, simply ask the pharmacist and he will guide you in the right direction. Or, you may look at the product comparison table at the bottom of the page and order the product online.
Salicylic acid products usually come in liquid form and the bottle will have a applicator that you can use to apply it directly to the wart. Clean your hands and the wart thoroughly and then dry. Apply the acid over the entire wart and allow to dry which will take five or 10 min. You may also put a second or third layer over the first, as much of the liquid will evaporate.
The acid will kill the surface of the skin on the wart after several hours, and then you will want to using emery board to file away the dead skin. You will likely have to repeat this process several times in order to remove all of the flesh in the wart. It is a messy process, and the wart will likely bleed as you file it down.
The reason I recommend salicylic acid as the first line of treatment for warts on the hand is because it is effective about 75% of the time in getting rid of the wart for good. But the other 25% of the time, the wart will keep growing back and you will have to resort to stronger measures to get rid of it.
A doctor can freeze or burn the wart off of your finger or hand with liquid nitrogen
The most effective way to get rid of the wart is to have it removed through cryosurgery, which is the process of applying liquid nitrogen to the wart in order to freeze the skin cells and kill it. It may take two applications of the liquid nitrogen to get the job done, but this is the most assured way to get rid of the wart.
I recommend you try an over-the-counter product first because it usually works, but if you’re wart is stubborn and doesn’t respond, then you may seek professional care with your dermatologist or general practitioner.
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