7 Ways You Can Remove Warts and Moles

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Published: 16th November 2010
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There are a wide variety of options for safely removing moles and warts.

First, let's explore four ways dermatologists remove these types of growths.

  1. Cryotherapy works by applying a freezing agent to your skin. Once frozen, the growth is removed. You'll feel a stinging sensation during the procedure, but overall it's not too painful. It's also quite safe. On a positive note, the chance of scarring is low.

  2. Laser therapy is another common procedure used to remove skin growths. The laser light reaches deep within the skin and destroys the capillaries supplying the growth. As you might guess, this can be painful. But overall, it's still very safe. Patients who undergo laser surgery typically don't have noticeable scars.

  3. In addition to lasers, electric needles are also used to remove unwanted skin growths in a procedure called electro-surgery. Typically, a scalpel is used in combination with the electric current to completely remove the growth. Local anesthetics are used with procedure, so pain is a non-issue. But as you might expect, scarring is an issue because of the methods involved.

  4. Lastly, your doctor may elect to treat warts with a prescription. If your doctor does prescribe medication, it's likely to contain salicylic acid. Most home wart removal products contain this same ingredient. The only difference is the dosage strength. Medication is the simplest way to treat warts. There are few side effects to speak of and most of these drugs work rather well. Warts treated with medication can take weeks to completely go away, so be prepared for several weeks of treatment.

  5. If you don't want to see your doctor, and instead would rather remove a mole or wart at home yourself, there are several alternatives for you to consider. Just remember, you may still want to seek your doctor's advice before attempting anything yourself. You can't be too careful when it comes to your body, you know.

    The following are three more, mole and wart removal strategies which have all yielded positive results.

  6. For starters, herbs such as calendula, aloe vera and tea tree oil have been used to remove warts and moles.

  7. In addition, grapefruit juice has been known to work on skin growths. You'll need to apply it every day. Don't expect results overnight with these methods. Like the medications I mentioned earlier, they can take weeks and sometimes months to work.

  8. One other solution for warts is duct tape. This may sound strange. But it does work. Here's what you do. Apply a little piece of tape to your wart. Covering the wart this way triggers your body's immune system to attack the virus responsible for the wart.

These seven methods aren't the only options out there, but hopefully they're enough to get you started.

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