Shaving Warts Away

Warts (Verruca Plantaris) are caused by the Papovavirus and live in the epidermal layers of the skin. Numerous treatment options exist because none of the options are foolproof when it comes to treating a virus.

Shaving warts is a good surgical option for warts that are resistant to other therapies. This procedure is usually done in the office but can be done as an outpatient at the hospital or surgical center. Under local anesthesia, the wart is scraped/shaved away from the skin surface. The remaining site is treated to kill remaining virus particles. Usually, one 5-minute treatment is all that is required. Post-op care is similar to treating a superficial burn or blister.