Can you pop a wart?

Warts. Those small, pesky bumps that we all try to avoid at one point or another in our lives. But what happens when you get one? And more importantly, can you pop it? In this article, we’ll answer all your burning questions about warts and whether or not popping them is a good idea.

What Are Warts?

First things first, let’s make sure we’re all on the same page about what exactly a wart is. A wart is a skin growth caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). They are usually small and rough to the touch and often appear on fingers, hands, feet or other parts of the body like the face (yikes).

There are several different types of warts such as common warts, plantar warts (sounds fancy), flat warts (definitely not flat) and genital warts (oh man). While they are generally harmless (phew!), they can be painful depending on their location and size.

Can You Pop That Thing?

Now for the million-dollar question: can you pop a wart? The short answer is no. Your best course of action when dealing with a wart is to seek out professional treatment from your dermatologist who will determine which method will work best for you.

Popping a wart may seem like an easy way to take care of it but doing so can actually cause more harm than good. When you pop a wart yourself without proper knowledge or experience (not recommended for DIYers) , it’s possible that you could spread HPV to other areas of your body or even infect others if someone else comes into contact with any blood coming from popped blisters around the area where your broken skin was located due to infection caused by bacteria crept inside after ‘popping’.

Additionally, poppinga wart does not remove the roots of the wart (gross, we know) which means that it’s highly likely that another wart will grow in its place.

What Should I Do Instead?

So if popping a wart is off the table, what should you do instead? Your dermatologist can recommend several different treatment options depending on your specific situation such as:

  • Cryotherapy: This involves freezing the wart off with liquid nitrogen.

  • Salicylic Acid: Over-the-counter medications that contain salicylic acid can be used to remove warts by breaking down their cells and promoting peeling.

  • Laser Therapy: Using laser therapy is one of many non-invasive methods preferred over surgical procedures as they eliminate all visible bumps leaving little or no scarring at all.

Of course, there are other more natural remedies like apple cider vinegar and duct tape but remember; always discuss any treatments with your dermatologist before trying them out for yourself.

When Should You See a Doctor?

If you have a persistent wart or one that has grown significantly larger overnight (kidding about this one – it’s better to visit sooner than later) , then it’s time to seek professional help. Sometimes home remedies alone just won’t cut it.

Additionally, if you’re discovering new warts rapidly, bear in mind there may be an underlying issue so seeing a doctor wouldn’t hurt either…

How Can You Prevent Warts From Developing In The First Place?

Preemption is key!!!

There are ways to reduce your chances of getting a new sucker (wart) making its unwanted appearance on your skin. Here are some preventative measures worth taking:

  • Wash Your Hands Frequently: After activities where our hands come into contact with objects frequently touched by others like using keyboards or door handles etc., make sure wash those germs away!

  • Keep Feet Dry: When feet become soaked repeatedly moisture accumulates aiding bacterial growth leading ultimately promote creation/spreading of warts. Wet socks and shoes are prime grounds for this kind of thing.

  • Wear Flip-Flops In Public Showers & Swimming Pools: With both wetness and various feet types involved, these places become perfect breeding grounds for wart-causing germs.


In conclusion, not all home remedies may be the solution to your wart problems. Keep socially distant from anyone with a wart on (I’m kidding) but remember that popping them yourself is not recommended.

If you have any questions about warts or want more information about how to treat them,refer above or talk to ur dermatologist (or Google can answer too).

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