Wart Removal: Electrodesiccation

Electrodissection is becoming a popular wart treatment for people worldwide. This procedure is conducted at your dermatologist's office and is considered to be one of the best ways to get rid of a wart permanently. At home treatments for wart removal do not work for everyone and are not always a permanent solution. If you have tried unsuccessfully to remove a wart with at home applications, you may want to consider electrodesiccation.

What Happens during Electrodesiccation of a Wart

The dermatologist will apply a topical anesthetic or use a needle to insert a local anesthetic to the area to be treated. It is important that during this procedure you inform the dermatologist if you feel any sensations of pain when the wart treatment is being conducted. If you experience pain during the procedure, it may be caused by not having enough anesthetic or the anesthetic needs more time to activate.

The dermatologist will use a probe that will send electrical currents into the wart to cause the blood vessels feeding the core of the wart to die. You may experience some odd tingling sensations, but not real pain. The wart treatment process is short and done on an outpatient basis. The dermatologist will apply a bandage to the area to help avoid infection.

How to Take Care of Wart Treatment at Home

The doctor will inform you of when you can remove the bandage. The time will depend upon the size and location of the wart treatment area. Once you remove the bandage you should only wash the area with warm water and mild soap until healing has taken place. Use a soft cloth and do not attempt to exfoliate the area. It is important that you do not pick at the area where the wart was, scratch it or attempt to pull the scab off. Soon the dead skin will slough off naturally, when complete healing has taken place. You can expect to have a small scar where the wart was.

Is Electrodesiccation a Safe Wart Treatment?

In the hands of an experienced dermatologist the process of using an electrical current to kill the blood vessels that feed the wart and to kill the core of the wart is relatively safe. The most important safety measure is up to you and your care of the wound after the procedure is complete. You must keep the site clean and do not pick at it. Doing so could cause an infection to the site.

Some at home treatments to get rid of warts are ony temporary and the wart returns. The reason some wart removal treatments do not work is because they do not cut off the blood supply to the core. With electrodesiccation, the pulses of electricity kill the blood vessels that feed the core. The wart will die without blood supply and will then scab over. Once the scab has sloughed off, a small scar will be left behind. This is a permanent and effective wart treatment. More than one wart can be treated during the electrodesiccation, and there is little to no downtime after the procedure.

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