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What if wart removal treatments fail?

If these treatments fail, see a doctor to freeze the wart with liquid nitrogen or burn it with an electric needle. First, however, make sure that the doctor treats warts in this manner (or some related manner) since some primary doctors do not use special methods and may refer individuals to a dermatologist.

Other treatments a doctor may use are

  • imiquimod (Aldara), an immune-stimulator that is approved for use on genital warts but has been reported to be effective in some common warts as well; note that it is quite expensive;
  • injections of candidin (a extract to test for sensitivity to Candida yeast);
  • injections of bleomycin, a chemotherapeutic agent used in cancer treatment;
  • surgery.

Unless warts are very large and uncomfortable, surgical removal or aggressive laser surgery to remove the warts is generally avoided. Since warts are caused by a virus, they may recur following attempts at surgical removal or any other modality of therapy.

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Comment from: Nana, 7-12 Female (Caregiver) Published: January 09

I have taken my granddaughter to two specialists to deal with a wart on the tip of her nose. The first doctor sold us medicine for 86 dollars and it blistered up and it seem to mostly go away but it returned bigger and uglier! It is embarrassing for her. The second doctor froze it off, but again it came back even bigger. Now I'm looking to find another doctor to try to get it off. It sticks out so easily because it started on the tip of her nose but now is long and down to her left nasal cavity.

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Comment from: Jennie, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: November 11

As a child I had a wart on the tip of my nose. Yes I was humiliated, as kids are mean. After my doctor removed it several times he finally froze it and it never returned! It's not fun.

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