4. What are the different types of treatments for skin tags & warts?
Skin tags and warts can be removed using a variety of methods, including but not limited to:
Cryotherapy – This treatment for both skin tags and warts involve the use of intense cold to freeze and eliminate growth. Using liquid nitrogen or another freezing chemical, the cells of the growth are destroyed, causing the skin tag or wart to eventually fall off or slough away.
Surgical Excision – Through a small surgical incision, this procedure completely removes the growth of skin tags and warts. A local anesthetic is administered to numb the area around the growth, and a small incision is made to remove the skin tag or wart. Sutures or sterile strips are used to close the incisions.
Additionally, warts can be removed using the following treatments:
Electrosurgery & Curettage (E&C) – Warts that have proven to be resistant to other treatments may benefit from a combination of these two treatments. After numbing the area around the wart with a local anesthetic, the wart tissue is scraped away with a curette. An electrosurgical needle warms and cauterizes the area, destroying any remaining wart tissue.
Cantharidin – Cantharidin is a medication that is typically administered by a healthcare professional and works gradually to eliminate the wart by creating a blister beneath the wart. The blister removes the wart from the skin, and the dead wart and blister either fall off together or will be clipped off.