Pregnancy is a time when the body’s immune system is suppressed. As a result, conditions that may have never cropped up before pregnancy now make themselves known. One of those conditions is the common wart. While they may not be painful, they can be annoying and unsightly. As such, before delivery occurs, it would make sense that mothers-to-be would like to remove the wart to avoid dealing with it once their newborn has arrived. And because of this, pregnant women will search out ways to safely remove warts during pregnancy to make that happen.
The most common warts to get during pregnancy include those on the hand, fingers, and feet. All of which are caused by human papillomavirus, according to Ada Health. As such, this means that warts are a contagious condition. And because pregnancy makes the immune system less efficient, more women are prone to getting warts while expecting. But with medicinal or natural treatments, the wart that has cropped up is just a short time away from being a thing of the past.
Here are ways to safely remove warts during pregnancy.
10 Salicylic Acid
Salicylic acid works by continuously removing skin cells until the wart has finally been removed, according to Healthline. While this is happening, per the publication, new skin cells are being brought to the surface. And as a result of daily use, the wart will eventually vanish.
There are salicylic acids in both OTC form and prescription. And while both are effective, pregnant women need to ensure that they are only applying the salicylic acid to the spot of the wart. This is because some studies have shown that salicylic acid in large amounts or taken orally can create complications for the pregnancy, according to MedicalNewsToday.
But, when used in the quantity necessary to treat warts, salicylic acid is considered safe.
9 Laser Surgery
Laser therapy works by killing the tissue around the wart, according to Kaiser Permanente. However, the process may be painful, and healing can hurt as well.
However, it is very effective at removing warts. And it is also safe to do during pregnancy, per the publication. As such, depending upon the stage of pregnancy women are in, laser therapy may be a good option.
There are several types of injectables that are effective at killing warts. One of the most popular, according to Manhattan Beach Dermatology is Candida antigen. However, many offices will not give this to pregnant women given that there are not any studies on the injectable.
As such, letting doctors know that a baby is on the way will help them choose the proper injectable to remove the wart that has no known side effects.
For those that have warts that medicine is not responding to, surgery is an option to remove warts during pregnancy.
According to the Better Health Channelafter using local anesthesia, the wart will be cut and cauterized so that it does not come back.
Local anesthesia is safe for pregnant women to have. However, according to UT Southwestern Medical Center, the safest time for women to have it is in the second trimester. As such, women should wait until that time to have surgery if it is absolutely necessary. Otherwise, waiting until the baby is born may be a better option.
A popular method for removing warts is to freeze them off. And because it is completely safe during pregnancy, according to MedicalNewsTodayit may be the preferred method for removing warts.
It will usually take two freezing sessions to remove the wart, per publication. But if it has been done properly, the wart should not return.
5 Apple Cider Vinegar
For mothers-to-be who want a more natural way to remove warts, apple cider vinegar will do the trick just fine.
According to Leonard Greenward DPM, apple cider vinegar works like salicylic acid to remove the skin cells around the wart one layer at a time. But apple cider vinegar also has the benefit of having properties that kill viruses and bacteria on contact, per the publication.
Because of this, daily treatments of apple cider vinegar on the wart will help kill the wart and bring healthy skin cells in to repair the damage.
4 Oregano Oil
Oregano is a plant that contains antifungal, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties, according to Border Podiatry Center. As such, the oregano oil will come into contact with the wart and begin to attack the RNA of the wart. When this happens multiple times, per publication, the wart will cease to exist.
3 Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil may not get rid of the wart on its own, but according to Mount Sinai, when used in conjunction with an injectable, it can work wonders.
Per the publication, tea tree oil can be used for up to three weeks to help combat the wart. At that time the wart should be gone, and new cells are rushing to the area to help heal it.
2 Duct Tape
An approach that does not use chemicals is putting duct tape on the spot of the wart. And while effective, those who choose this route will need to be patient. This is because it will take the wart up to two months to go away, according to the Dermatology Specialists.
It should also be noted, per the publication, that duct tape may work best when used in conjunction with another treatment. Sometimes, the wart does not respond to the duct tape. But when added to another treatment, it can work wonders.
An interesting approach to getting rid of warts is cantharidin. This is because, according to Buffalo Medical Group, PCit causes the skin around the wart to blister.
Once the blister has died, per publication, the wart should be easy to remove. And clear smooth skin will be left in its wake after healing is done.
Source: ADA Health, Healthline, MedicalNewsToday, Kaiser Permanente, Manhattan Beach Dermatology, Better Health Channel, UT Southwestern Medical Center, MedicalNewsToday, Leonard Greenwald DPM, Border Podiatry Center, Mount Sinai, Dermatology Specialists, Buffalo Medical Group, PC