Burning warts off can be an option for warts removal, and is usually done with a laser treatment or electrosurgery. Burning warts off can only be done at hospitals and clinics by a medical professional such as a doctor, nurse or dermatologist.
Never attempt to burn a wart by yourself, since this can lead to injury and unnecessary pain. Electrosurgery can be used for common warts, filiform warts and verrucas. The process of burning warts is quick and usually generates instant results, although it has a relatively low long-term success rate. It can also be quite expensive, is prone to cause scarring and tends to be unpopular among children, as it can be perceived as painful.
The most common method of burning warts off is through electrosurgery, which means that the wart tissue is burned off with a high frequency electric current. As the electric charge passes through the tissue it dries out the wart and burns it away. The surgeon will then remove the wart with a sharp knife or small, spoon-shaped tool. This is known as curettage and is usually done under local anesthetic in tandem with electrosurgery.
Similar to other forms of clinical treatments burning warts off is usually considered if you have not successfully managed to remove a wart with an over the counter solution. A doctor or dermatologist may recommend burning your warts off with laser or electrosurgery if: