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Learn everything you need to know about warts and verrucas in this blog. Explore their causes, treatment options and receive advice on effectively dealing with both warts and verrucas.

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Myths and Facts About Warts: Common Myths of Warts that People Think are True

If you have warts, you’re not alone. Most people get warts at some point. Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation out there about warts, leading to confusion and even ineffective treatment methods. In this article, we will debunk some of the most common myths surrounding warts and provide you with the facts you need to effectively manage and treat them.

Myth #1: Warts Are Caused by Toads or Frogs
You might be familiar with the age-old belief that coming into contact with a toad or frog can lead to the development of warts. However, this is simply not true. Warts are actually caused by a virus called human papillomavirus (HPV) which spreads through direct contact with an infected person or surface.

Myth #2: Only Children Get Warts
While it’s true that children are more prone to developing warts because of their weaker immune systems, anyone can get them. Adults, particularly those with compromised immune systems or frequent exposure to HPV, are also at risk.

Myth #3: Cutting Off a Wart Will Make It Go Away
Cutting off a wart at home is a very bad idea as this can make it worse and lead to infection or bleeding. When a wart is cut off, its roots remain in your skin, leading to regrowth, often larger than before. It can also result in further spreading of the warts.

Myth #4: Warts Are Contagious Only When They’re Visible
Warts are contagious even before they become visible. The virus may exist on the skin even without any noticeable signs of warts. Maintaining good hygiene and refraining from sharing personal items, such as towels or razors, is crucial to prevent the spread of the virus.

Myth #5: Warts Can Be Cured with Home Remedies
While there are numerous home remedies suggested for wart removal, their efficacy varies from person to person. Some popular remedies include apple cider vinegar, duct tape, and garlic. However, it’s important to remember that these treatments may not work for everyone

Wart Treatment Options
There are many treatment options for warts, including surgical removal, laser therapy and cryotherapy which involves freezing the wart with liquid nitrogen. Your dermatologist can help you determine the best treatment option for your specific type of wart, especially if your warts persist, are painful or if you have several warts. In many cases, warts can be treated at home. A common method of treating warts at home is via salicylic or trichloroacetic acid, which helps cause the wart to gradually peel off. Monochloroacetic acid application is an effective alternative. It works in a similar way as salicylic and trichloroacetic acid however it is the strongest of the three and thus highly effective in treating warts and verrucas. Another option to treat warts at home is via cryotherapy-based products that are designed for freezing warts and verrucas at home.

 In summary, it is essential to separate fact from fiction when dealing with warts. Don’t fall victim to common myths that may hinder effective treatment. Consult a dermatologist, follow proper hygiene practices, and explore reliable treatment options for the best results in managing and eliminating your warts.

Keep in mind that you are not alone on this journey, and there are effective solutions available to help you regain clear and healthy skin. Dr. Yglo offers effective treatment options for warts employing monochloroacetic acid and a user-friendly yet highly effective freeze treatment. To find out more about our treatments click here.

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