How do you treat water warts?


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The American Academy of Dermatology lists several ways to treat water warts, scientifically known as molluscum contagiosum. During cryosurgery, a dermatologist freezes the wart using liquid nitrogen. The doctor may also use a tool called a curette to manually scrape the wart off the skin. During laser surgery, the doctor uses a targeted laser beam to destroy the bumps. Topical skin therapy using various acids may also be administered.

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The American Academy of Dermatology also lists at-home treatments that a dermatologist may suggest. Imiquimod is a medicine that is applies directly to the bumps to help the immune system fight the virus. Retinoids or antiviral medicines may also be applied directly to the skin.

WebMD defines molluscum contagiosum as a viral skin infection that results in either a single or a cluster of raised bumps on the skin. These bumps are typically painless, but they may itch and become red and softer over time. The bumps generally appear on the face, trunk, limbs, genitals and inner thighs. The infection is caused by a virus from the pox virus family, and it is highly contagious through direct contact.The condition may persist for a few months up to a few years, but most cases go away on their own within six to nine months.

To prevent the spread of molluscum contagiosum, the Mayo Clinic recommends washing hands frequently, avoiding sharing personal items such as towels, clothing and hair brushes, avoiding sexual contact and covering the bumps with bandages.

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