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Do Warts Bleed?



Warts DO bleed.

More Info: A little bleeding is normal and not a cause for patient concern. But if the bleeding is excessive and-or cannot be stemmed by light pressure, a person should see a doctor.

Different Types, Treatments

Though usually harmless, warts come in different varieties. Common warts affect hands and other parts of the body; flat warts are most usually associated with children and afflict the face, forehead; genital warts; plantar wars on the soles of feet; and subungal or periungal warts, which grow around, respectively, fingernails and toenails.

The simplest way to treat warts is to allow them to run their course. However, because this can sometimes take several years and may not be viable if the wart is in a prominent area, most sufferers opt for an over-the-counter solution. For face and genital warts, it is suggested thought that people do not apply such a a solution themselves. They should be treated by a third party, to avoid scarring or residual damage.

Aggressive Therapy

In the case of plantar warts, sometimes the treatment can be more accelerated, because of the functional impediment of having them on the sole of one or both feet. Bleeding is one of the complications that can arise from this therapy, along with swelling, boils, abscesses, pain, and redness.

Among the more common treatments is salicylic acid, usually combined on a 40%-60% basis with white soft paraffin. Upton’s paste on the other hand has a much higher concentration of salicylic acid, around 80%. Laser treatment is not quite yet a full-proof method for treating warts. There is a danger of scarring, and even the effectiveness of it as compared to other cheaper treatments has not been completely documented.

In fact, the best upper echelon treatment for warts, and one that involves almost no risk of bleeding, is cryotherapy. The warts are frozen with liquid nitrogen, causing them to turn black and fall off. The beauty of this treatment is that there is no risk of scarring.



National Institutes of Health – Warts, Retrieved December 1, 2011 from – Plantar Warts, Retrieved December 1, 2011 from

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