It’s OK to admit it:
You have been treating warts for some time, but you are not sure if your treatment has worked or not.
How do you know when a wart or verruca is dying, or completely dead?
It is important to know when your treatment has been sufficient so you can stop further application, and what you should do to prevent your warts from coming back to haunt you.
What do HPV Warts Look Like in the Beginning Stages when they Start?
Warts don’t usually cause any painful discomfort, so you can’t use that as an accurate means to tell if they are dead or gone.
During the start of a wart on finger or foot, it usually appear rough on the surface or smooth over the top. Sometimes, it is possible to spot the tiny blood vessels through which warts get blood supply.
In the case of genital warts, there is no definite description based on size because it widely varies.
The common symptoms of HPV genital warts include:
- A cluster of little bumps measuring about 2 cm or slightly bigger, usually in the skin color.
- Warts on the genitals can either be flat, raised, or shaped like cauliflower.
- The most likely areas where genital warts appear are the areas around the vagina, the anus or behind the testicles. These are areas that are mostly moist hence providing a good breeding ground for warts.
Video and Pictures: What are the Telling Signs of a Dying Wart?
Plantar warts can die off on its own after a while as the body’s natural defenses come to aid, or if you have applied some treatment on it. For instance, natural extracts from Japanese mushrooms known as AHCC show proven results in treating HPV wart and boosting human body immune system.
The appearance of plantar warts below your feet can be a source of discomfort as well. You need to move around and this will not be possible without troubling warts. It is a good idea to know if your wart is dying, this way you will know if the treatment is being effective and when to stop.
A dead wart falls out of its position. It leaves a hole which will be later sealed up as the skin heals but the wart falling off does not mean the viral content has been destroyed. Viruses can survive in the plantar warts hole for a while, so it is important that it should be sealed to prevent it from spreading.
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So what does a wart look like when it is dying?
- One way you can tell if a wart is dying is if it is shrinking. Reduction in size means the wart is dying off. This is a good sign. The wart will begin to fall apart; a little rub with your fingers can cause some parts to fall off.
- Another most likely indication that a wart is dying is that it begins to turn black. This happens when oxygen is prevented from reaching the wart.
- If you notice these signs, then that wart is dying off and in a short while, it will completely fall off its position. However, this is not an indication that the wart is dead because the hole it leaves behind might still contain some virus. We know that dead plantar warts will not cause infections on other parts of your skin.
The brief video below contains pictures that show what does a wart look like when it started forming and developing in the beginning stages – and the appearance when it was dying, healing, till completely dead and gone after cryotherapy freezing treatment.
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How to Tell if a Wart is Completely Dead and Gone?
Okay, now you have confirmed your wart is dying, are you thinking of stopping the treatment?
Please note that a dying wart still has the potential to grow if treatment is not continued until it is completely eliminated. You should be sure your skin is totally free first before ending the treatment.
There are also cases where individuals use very harsh methods to kill off their warts, causing bruises and some damage to the surrounding skin. In this case, you might actually get rid of the wart but remember, it contains a virus which might have affected the broken skin around it.
How can you confirm that there is no trace of HPV warts and verrucas after treatment?
We already know that a wart looking shrunken or if it has fallen off doesn’t mean it is completely dead. In this case, treatment can continue but it is important to know when all traces of warts have been eliminated, at that point treatment can be discontinued.
Many individuals also stop treating warts on their feet when the pain stops. The absence of pain doesn’t mean warts have been killed off permanently. It can still grow and spread.
We have listed out some notable signs that indicate the warts is dead and gone:
- Typically, dead warts drop off from their position on the skin, leaving behind a hole. The absence of a bump or dark spots usually indicates the wart is completely removed.
- The areas around the affected part of your skin should look normal and healing process should be seen on the affected area in a short while.
- Look closely at the spot where the wart was, if you can spot thin lines running across that spot, the wart is gone and healing is already rapidly taking place.
- You should not feel any pain or discomfort if you add pressure on the spot where the wart was.
Below is another comprehensive video with photos / images that clearly demonstrate how did a dying common wart on finger progress to be a dead wart, until it has gone.
How to Prevent HPV Warts from Coming Back to Haunt You?
While the complete elimination of warts cannot be confirmed by only one of the signs above, you should investigate the affected spot with more than one method to confirm that it is completely gone. If all the tests turn out correct, the warts are dead.
However, we suggest that treatment should not be immediately stopped to prevent a recurrence. Careful observation should continue alongside treatment until you are finally convinced all traces of warts have been eliminated.
Even after your warts are completely gone, there are many cases that show wart can come back.
With our body immune level is the first line of defense against the HPV wart virus, people with weakened immune systems are at greater risk to have recurring warts. As such, it is important to keep your body immunity strong.
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- Clinical Studies and User Reviews on AHCC Efficacy To Help Get Rid of HPV Wart Virus
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