Chemical treatments like cantharidin and candida antigen shots are also available. Cantharidin is extracted from the blister beetle, which is an insect that gives off this substance that creates a blister when injected under the wart and lifts it for the doctor to remove.
Candida antigen can be locally injected and it activates the immune system to get rid of the wart. This is similar to immunotherapy, and both of these methods may not be advisable for pregnant people.
A last-resort solution is surgery. Surgical removal of warts is uncommon because it might cause scarring. The method is similar to shaving, but the material used is a surgical razor and it is conducted under anesthesia. A topical cream may be used as a supplement to prevent scarring.
Other possible treatments are antibiotics, in case of infection, retinoids to disrupt the skin growth, bleomycin or benoxane to kill cells, as well as targeted treatments like photodynamic therapy.
Warts are, more often than not, no cause for real alarm. To help to determine the types of warts you may have, consult your doctor or dermatologist. They can also help in sharing treatment plans to help address your concerns.
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