You are not dumb.
You know shotgun is not an viable option to remove your finger wart.
You would most likely think it is just a stupid theoretical question that ain’t gonna happen in real world.
Or is it?
It. Did. Happen.
According to Daily Mail UK, 38-year-old British man found his stubborn wart hurting, and did not go away after trying all sorts of things.
He then took some beer, pulled out his 12-gauge Beretta shotgun, and… Bang!
The good news – he achieved the objective. The wart is gone and won’t be coming back.
The bad news – he lost the upper part of his left hand middle finger, then he was given a 16-week suspended sentence and community service.
warts treatment recommendations and… interesting comments.
What is Wart on Finger… That Triggered the Bullet?
The type of wart most commonly found on the fingers or hands is the common wart, also known as verruca vulgaris.
Like any other wart, finger warts too are caused by the highly contagious Human Papillomavirus (HPV) that can get transmitted to one’s self when direct contact with wart, from one person to another through skin-to-skin contact, or through contact with an object that has been in contact with a wart.
Common warts on fingers normally look like small hard raised bumps, irregular and rough like cauliflower with black or red-brown dots inside.
If you have warts which grow around or under the nail plate – they are called periungual warts, a type of common warts. Periungal warts can appear both around the nails of finger and toes.
Pop quiz: Anyone knows if Sean Murphy had common wart on his finger, or periungual wart around / under his finger nail plate? Leave a reply with your answer!
How to Get Rid of a Wart on Your Finger… WITHOUT Using Shotgun
Even if you possess magical shooting skill with shotgun that is far better than Sean Murphy, it is not worth the risk, as there are certainly better options.
Go ahead to check out the comprehensive Warts Removal Reference Guide on this site, covering some of the best ways to treat wart, pro and con analysis of each approach, cost comparison, risks and precautions, key factors of consideration, and so on.
Need more detailed guide specifically on finger warts? Here you go, just read on.
For each of the finger warts treatment method covered, you’ll be guided with:
- brief Description of the treatment and how it works,
- selected Video (as available) demonstrating real life case study for illustration, and
- real life positive / negative Reviews and Results from patients / users based on actual experience.
Finger Wart Surgery and Medical Treatment
The dermatologist will evaluate and assess your wart on finger and the state of your immune system to determine which treatment is the best for you. The finger wart treatment that the doctor choose may include non-invasive approach or invasive surgical procedure.
For those who find physical visit to doctor is time consuming and embarrassing, you could consider engage on-line doctors via established on-line clinics like 121doc and EuroClinix that offer convenience and discretion, to seek first medical consultation.
#1 – Topical Treatment by Medical Professionals
Topical application therapy involves applying different chemicals to the wart. The common topical treatment for finger wart include:
- Cantharidin – extract from beetle that causes skin under wart to blister and allow wart to be clipped off.
- Podofilox gel – available as both a gel and solution for topical application, like Wartec.
- Imiquimod cream – an immune system booster, such as Aldara cream.
If you have a bad case of warts that hasn’t responded to standard treatments, your doctor may refer you for further treatment, including: Bleomycin, Immunotherapy, and Retinoids.
What Patients Say:
* I have a wart on finger. I tried Podofilox and wart disappeared in 2 weeks! / rokko76 @ Med Help
* I had some strange persistent warts which had spread to all my cuticles and had resisted two liquid nitrogen treatments. I went to a new doctor who applied Cantharidin. My fingertips swelled til they looked like red grapes and were shockingly painful, but the warts were destroyed, and peeling away the old dead tissue was one of the most startling and deep satisfactions I’ve ever experienced. I ended up thinking the Cantharidin succeeded where liquid nitrogen had failed because it also stimulated my immune system. / Jamjam @ Ask MetaFilter
#2 – Liquid Nitrogen Wart Removal
Cryotherapy, or freezing, involved removing the warts on fingers with liquid nitrogen or with a very gold probe. Repeat treatments may be necessary before results can be seen. Watch this video demo by Jacob Levitt MD.
What Patients Say:
* I have had warts frozen off and so has my daughter. It is really easy and it didn’t hurt at all. / jcjwillis @ HealthBoards
* I have a 9 year old son who had 3 warts on his left hand (two on his ring finger and one on his palm). He had them for about 2 years and we tried freezing them off as well as treating them with “beetle juice” from the pediatricians office. He said “Mom let’s just cut my finger off” (rather than do the freezing again). / Anonymous @ Gordon’s Notes
* Last thursday morning I had six warts frozen, leading to blistering and swollen fingers. Five of the six blisters have since filled with blood, two of which have grown ridiculously huge (3/4 of an inch at least) and are very painful… this is sunday afternoon and the blood blisters have since tripled in size and the pain is much worse. One of my fingers is still very swollen and is beginning to feel numb. / Juicyspook @ eHealthForum
#3 – Laser Wart Removal
Laser treatments are also available to remove finger warts, in which the wart is burnt using a laser beam. Types of laser therapy include carbon dioxide laser and pulse dye later, usually requires the use of an anesthetic. Watch Dr Warren Seiler removed a wart from a patient’s finger with his Co2 Laser device in this video.
What Patients Say:
* Just had my 5th laser treatment using the cutera laser and I must say it has prevented the warts from spreading. That said I can confirm it hurts, imagine being electrocuted multiple times in the same spot… If you’ve got the choice for numbing and using laser, I think it’s much better than any other treatment. / StefanieSof @ AutoFixDIY
#4 – Bleomycin
Bleomycin is an anti-cancer drug which is relatively expensive. Bleomycin can be injected into warts, usually requires more than one treatment, and is often a last option for stubborn warts that have been resistant to other treatment methods.
However, the shots may be painful and can incur side effects like fever and itching, while JAMA Network reported a patient lost his fingernail followed by regrowth of a dystrophic nail after intralesional bleomycin therapy on his periungual wart.
What Patients Say:
* I hard warts for 3+ years. Ultimately, what worked for me was bleomycin, which was administered by a dermatologist with years of experience. I would encourage anyone who has yet to try this treatment, seek out a doctor who knows how to properly administer bleomycin./ male @ eMedicineHealth
Finger Wart Removal OTC Products For Home Treatment
Over the counter medicines are available to be applied directly on the wart for its removal, with one of the most common active ingredient in OTC medication is Salicylic acid, which often comes in the form of liquid or gel.
It has been shown that salicylic acid is as effective as cryotherapy for treating warts:
- Study on 723 patients published by U.S. National Library of Medicine shows 57% of patients used the cost-effective topical treatment with Salicylic acid before attending the GP surgery, whilst
- Research on 240 patients published by The BMJ (formerly the British Medical Journal) concluded Salicylic acid and the Cryotherapy with liquid nitrogen were equally effective for warts treatment.
While there are many wart removal products / solutions in the market that you could research when you have the time – here is a popular wart removal creams for your quick reference.
Getting Rid of Finger Wart with Home Remedies
Wart removal home remedies are popular, as people like low-cost / natural treatment options and.. to avoid the doctors!
For all home remedies lovers, check out recommendations from the natural remedies expert Claire Goodall in her DIY home remedies Everyday Roots Book, or alternatively wart removal solution at home that changed the life of alternative medical practitioner and natural remedies expert Charles Davidson.
Here are some of the options:
#1 – Banana
Take a banana and take off the peel and cut a piece of banana peel. Apply the inner side of the peel directly on the wart and secure the peel over the wart with tape or bandage. The banana peel can be left on for several days. Alternatively, leave it for overnight and take it off in the morning, then repeat the cycle with fresh piece of banana peel.
Watch this step-by-step video illustrating home wart treatment with banana peel.
What Patients Say:
* I had a huge wart on my right middle finger, right next to the nail. I had it frozen off at the dermatologist. It grew back, bigger than before. I started rubbing banana peel on it several times a day and it was gone in about 3 weeks. / HOP @ Peoples Pharmacy
#2 – Duct Tape
Duct tape is a popular home remedies for wart, despite supporters and critics still fight over proving if the method works.
The reason of how exactly duct tape works remains debatable, with some people think it could be because the tape prevent the wart’s interaction with air, while other believe the the duct tape may be triggering some immune reaction.
The effectiveness of duct tape can be enhanced by applying cream / gel with Salicylic acid together with it.
What Patients Say:
* I used duct tape on a wart that was located on my pinky finger. I removed the tape before showering and put on a fresh piece after drying off. The result: the wart died off because of a lack of oxygen after 7-10 days. Never came back and that was 5 years ago. / Phil @ Chicago Tribune
#3 – Apple Cider Vinegar
Simply soak the affected area 20 to 30 minutes per day in Apple Cider Vinegar. Soak an appropriately sized piece of gauze or cotton ball in ACV and tape to the wart, preferably before bedtime so the bandage remains in place. Watch below video demo.
What Patients / Users Say:
* Let me tell you when nothing else works this stuff does! Just dampen a piece of a cotton ball with the ACV and put a bandage on to keep it there and continue as usual. The downsides, it hurts like the dickens! Not at first or always, but it started to burn. After a few days my wart started to peel a little and shed a “layer”. When I reapplied the ACV to the wart after taking the layer off, it burned a little all night. Then the next layer of the wart would get tough and it wouldn’t hurt so bad. This happened repeatedly. Each time another layer would come off the ACV burned even more. I consider myself to be decent with pain, but there were nights I absolutely could not get to sleep because it burned so bad. It really felt like I was holding my finger up to a lighter. / Brittanya.m Jackson @ Earth Clinic
* I’ve been using ACV for 6 days so far on two warts on my fingers. One turned brown with a ring of white sensitive skin around it and seems to be a bit indented, the other is starting to get little brown spots on it, these seems to be farther in that the surface. Nothing has turned black though. I’m especially worried about the one that turned brown cuz it looks pretty weird. / Michael W @ Kelly The Kkitchen Kop
How to Prevent Warts on Fingers
Alongside boosting your immune system to fight HPV, one of the actionable tips to prevent finger wart is avoid biting fingernails to reduce the chances of developing finger warts and periungual warts.
Biting fingernails or hangnails may cause tiny tears in the skin on fingertips, allowing HPV to infect the area and develop warts around the edge of the nail. Therefore you must fight the urge to bite your nails.
Kids who bite their fingernails or pick at hangnails tend to get warts more often than kids who don’t because they can expose less-protected skin and create open areas for a virus to enter and cause the wart.
The fact is, even with your best preventive effort, you could still find wart on fingers at some point in your lives.
If and when that happens, don’t feel depressed, as you are certainly not alone, and there are solutions.
Once finger wart developed, it is important to take below precaution steps to prevent wart from further spread to oneself and others.
- Do not pick or scratch the wart to avoid wart virus spread to other areas of finger and hand.
- Cover the finger wart with bandage or athletic tape.
- Wash your hands thoroughly after contacting wart and caring for the affected area.
- Do not share personal care item like towel with another person.
While most of the wart infections will eventually go away on their own as the wart-causing HPV is cleared by the immune system in most cases, it will take some time.
During this prolonged time, wart can affect the patient’s quality of life with discomfort such as pain and itchiness (that may not be tolerated by children), bring psychological impact like embarrassment and self-doubt, and potentially spread to other parts of your body or to other people.
As such, it is recommended to treat the finger warts as soon as they appear.
This post has covered some of the best ways to remove finger warts, so you just need to put them into action.
If you are not sure your skin condition is a wart, or you need further advice to treat your finger wart, then always consult a doctor or dermatologist.
For those who find physical visit to doctor is time consuming and embarrassing – no excuse please, you could always engage on-line doctors via established on-line clinics like 121doc and EuroClinix that offer convenience and discretion, to seek first medical consultation.
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