Popping a wart

The first step is to make sure your doctor knows about your symptoms and if they’re related to an infection. Your doctor may want you to see a dermatologist.

Once you’ve explained your symptoms, your doctor will examine your skin. They’ll want to know how long you’ve had the wart and if you have any other symptoms or concerns. Your doctor may take a sample of the wart from where it’s growing to see if there are any blood vessels, bacteria, or other signs of infection.

Your doctor may do a biopsy if they think your wart has an infection. They’ll put a small piece of the wart under a microscope to see if it has any signs of an infection.

Your doctor also might do a culture to check for bacteria. They’ll take a piece of the wart to a lab to see if it has any bacteria on it.

You may need to take antibiotics if infection is present.

Treatment for a wart

If your wart is due to a bacterial infection, your doctor will probably wait until the infection clears before taking you off antibiotics. This helps avoid any side effects that can come with long-term use of antibiotics.

If you have an infection due to a fungal or yeast infection, your doctor may prescribe an antifungal medication. This may be stronger than the antibiotic.

You may need to use an ointment, cream, or paste on your wart.

Your doctor will give you instructions on when to apply the medication. It may take several weeks for the wart to go away.

If your wart is due to a viral infection, you may need to use an antiviral medication.

You’ll take the medicine for a few days and then slowly start to see results.

Your doctor will take a sample of the wart and send it to a lab to see if there are any signs of infection.

You may need to take an antiviral medication if the virus was an infection. This may include the medications acyclovir (Zovirax) and valacyclovir (Valtrex).

If you have a wart due to a fungal or yeast infection, your doctor may prescribe an antifungal medication.

You’ll start to see results after a few weeks.

If your wart was due to an infection, your doctor may prescribe a treatment that can kill the bacteria or virus.

It can take up to 2 weeks for these to take effect.

How to prevent a wart?

The best way to prevent a wart is to avoid scratching your skin. This is especially true if you have a wart that has a raised border.

If you can’t avoid scratching your skin, applying an antibacterial ointment or cream may help prevent a wart.

If you don’t have a wart, your best bet is to prevent getting one in the first place. Here are some tips:

  • Don’t scratch the skin on your face or other areas of your body.
  • Cover the area with sunscreen.
  • Wear gloves when gardening.
  • Wash your hands regularly.
  • Take care of your clothes to prevent sweat and bacteria from spreading.
  • Wash your bedding regularly.

If you get a wart, you can try to remove the wart yourself. This is usually easy to do at home and can usually be treated.

If your wart is due to an infection, you may need to see a dermatologist.

They can help remove the wart and can prescribe a treatment to help reduce any symptoms.

When should I see a doctor?

If you have any concerns about a wart, see your doctor. They can do a skin biopsy to see if the wart is infected.

They can also help if there are signs of an infection.

If you have a wart that won’t go away or is infected, your doctor will likely want to see you right away.

They’ll ask about your symptoms and if they’re related to an infection. They may also order a blood test.

They may also prescribe an antibiotic or antiviral medication to help clear up the infection.

If your symptoms are serious, see your doctor right away. They may refer you to a dermatologist.

Outcome for a wart

Most warts clear up on their own.

It can take up to 2 weeks for the wart to go away. You may still have some symptoms, such as:

  • Itching
  • Soreness
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Skin discoloration

These symptoms may last for a few weeks before the wart goes away.

It’s important to use an antibiotic or antiviral medication if the wart is due to an infection.

The wart may come back, and it’s important to have the wart and infection treated.

Outcome depends on the cause of the wart.

What is the outlook for a wart?

Most warts go away on their own.

You may need an antibiotic or antiviral medication to help clear up the infection.

If the infection is caused by a virus, you may need several weeks to see results. If an infection is due to a bacterial infection, it may take a few days to see results.

Warts may come back. This is especially true if the infection is caused by a yeast or fungal infection.

The wart may be due to an infection or it may be due to an injury. You may need treatment for both.

Warts can be tough to treat. Most people are able to get rid of the wart on their own.

If you don’t know how to get rid of a wart, your doctor can help.

Can you get rid of a wart without a doctor?

In some cases, you may be able to get rid of a wart without a doctor.

You can try home remedies or over-the-counter (OTC) treatments.

You may be able to treat the infection at home and then get a prescription for an antibiotic or antiviral medication.

If you don’t have a wart, you may also be able to treat the infection by using an OTC antifungal or antibiotic medication.

You may also be able to treat the infection with a prescription antifungal or antiviral medication.

If you want to try home remedies, talk to your doctor about the following.

Takeaway

Warts can be very uncomfortable, especially if they’re large or deep.

You can treat a wart at home with over-the-counter (OTC) medications or at-home treatments. Your doctor can treat an infection with medication or surgery

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