Removal of your wart by cutting it off yourself sounds like a perfect, but a painful option. The idea of instant removal with no waiting or visit to the doctor has more than a few scouring the internet for how to attempt the feat. While many have attempted it, it is not a safe practice at all. Even the few successful personal wart removals do nothing to stop the spread and return of warts and can end up leaving you with multiple unsightly incidences of scarring. Learn more about the practice of cutting off a wart and the proper way to remove warts by continuing to read below.
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Cutting off a wart: Is it safe?
The importance of safety during wart removal is a primary focus of many people when considering treatment options. When it involves cutting off a wart yourself, most people imagine horribly exaggerated outcomes that are exceedingly unlikely. That being said, cutting off a wart at home is not a safe practice. As with all home surgical procedures, the risk of infection is very high. Unlike the doctor’s office, there are no sterilized tools to be found at home, nor are sterile bandages in most cases. In addition, trying to chop off a wart with a kitchen or utility knife probably will not work out very well.
Complications or severe scarring can occur if you:
- Cut too deeply,
- Let the wounds heal improperly,
- Allow infection to aggravate wound.
At worst you can suffer a horribly painful infection in addition to all the other results. In the best case scenario, cutting off a wart means scarring and the likely return of the wart, putting you right back at square one. Other medical conditions can complicate wart removal attempts as well. For example, an individual with diabetes can risk needing an amputation from the wound left by wart removal when it fails to heal properly. While this will not apply to everyone, depending on the infection even healthy individuals can suffer the occasional extreme reaction to an infected open wound.
Can I cut off a wart?
In short, yes you can cut off a wart. No one can stop you despite the fact it would not at all be wise. Wart removal surgery is best performed by a doctor as they take additional steps to make the practice safer and to ensure the wart and its roots are completely removed. To discover more in-depth information about wart removal surgery, click this link.
Beyond scarring, the risks of wart removal at home include:
- Severe infection,
- Mass spread of warts in the same area,
- Return of the same wart,
- Spread of warts to other areas of your body.
If despite warnings you attempt to cut off warts yourself, seek a doctor’s care immediately if you experience any of the following: Signs of infection, pus or oozing, fever, swelling of the area or limb you removed the wart from, extreme pain or any other abnormal symptoms.
With all these considerations in mind, it is ultimately up to you whether or not removing a wart yourself by cutting it out is a good choice. If you do opt to pursue this risky option, there are steps you can take to minimize the likelihood of negative outcomes such as infection. Make sure you only use sterile tools, considering purchasing sterile tools such as those pictured below. Washing your knife or removal tool in soap and water is insufficient at sterilizing and will leave you open to infection.
Instead, wash and dry the knife, then soak in alcohol for an hour and expose to the high heat of a flame until heated through. Ensure you have clean, unopened bandages available and coat the wound with Neosporin ointment when removal is completed. Re-sterilize or discard all equipment used to remove the wart to prevent unintended spread of warts.
What happens when you cut off a wart?
One of the main reasons why warts are rarely ever just cut off is because not much happens on the preventative side, making permanent removal unlikely. Warts are caused by a virus that resides in your body. This virus causes unnatural and highly infectious skin growths which are warts. This makes the virus easy to spread. Thus, cutting off a wart actually does nothing for the virus itself, it still exists and can continue creating warts at any time. What is worse is that without fully killing and removing the wart as a doctor would it is most likely to grow right back in the same place. The surface portion of the wart is only part of the problem.
The usual effects of cutting off wart are:
- Regrowth of the same wart over time,
The reason why a doctor’s removal is more helpful is that cutting usually takes place after electrosurgery, or with a laser. Both electrosurgery and laser wart removal burn the wart, making sure it is completely dead when it is removed, something impossible for people to perform at home. To find out more info about laser wart removal, see this article. Doctors will almost always try other treatment avenues first due to the low success cutting has at keeping warts gone for good.The simplest answer then to what happens when you cut off a wart is little to nothing. You will bleed for some time, but the virus will continue to exist within your body and warts will likely pop up again in the same or a different location.
Why you don’t have to cut genital warts off yourself?
Unlike warts on your hands or feet, even the most skilled and prepared people should never attempt to cut off genital warts at home. While all are stemming from the same virus, genital warts are the more extreme of wart types. They spread extremely easily to other parts of your body and to other people. Just the flow of fresh blood from a removed wart can spread warts further. Additionally, the genital area is full of sensitive tissues and mucous membranes which will result in extremely painful wart removal.
You do not need to cut genital warts off yourself because there are an array of treatments available that can remove warts and additionally help stop them from returning. There are creams such as Aldara that make your immune system fight the wart and virus from the inside out, completely avoiding the pain and infection risk from cutting attempts. These and other wart treatments are much more effective than cutting will ever be and are a lot less painful.
Why you have to see a professional
Seeing a doctor familiar with and skilled at wart removal is your best option when plagued with returning warts or genital warts. Wart removal doctors and surgeons have far more tools available to them than your normal physician will. To learn more about what a wart removal Dr can do for you, read this article.
Seeing a professional has these benefits:
- Analgesic to prevent pain.
- Multiple treatments available to choose from.
- Ability to reduce or eliminate scarring.
- Little risk of infection.
- Safer instant removal options.
- Warts aren’t partially removed.
Another reason to see a professional is for proper diagnosis. Sometimes people misdiagnose warts when they are really a different, and sometimes more serious skin condition. A professional will be able to confirm your diagnosis and determine the best course of action. Not all warts will respond to all treatments and some locations are unfit for removal by cutting. For best results, seeing your doctor is the best way for safe and effective wart removal treatment.
With the exception of cost, there is no reason to consider the dangerous practice of cutting out your warts at home. The overall risks are far too great based on a possible and only temporary reward. Genital warts especially can be treated successfully with creams that won’t leave you with scarring and can keep warts away permanently. Even when the cost of professional treatment is too high, there are many over the counter options that work well that are safer than cutting a wart off yourself. Cutting off warts are not worth the infection risk, which can be serious in some cases. See your doctor or local pharmacy for inexpensive and safer options.