Warts are a common skin condition caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). While they’re generally harmless, warts can be unsightly and sometimes uncomfortable. If you’ve tried over-the-counter remedies without success or are looking for a more targeted approach, bleomycin treatment might be the solution you’re seeking.
Bleomycin is a medication that has been used for several decades in the field of oncology to treat certain types of cancer. Its unique properties make it effective in inhibiting the growth of cancer cells. Recently, its application has expanded to include the treatment of non-cancerous conditions like warts.
Bleomycin’s mechanism of action involves disrupting the DNA within cells, leading to cell death. When applied directly to warts, bleomycin targets the HPV-infected cells in the affected area. This results in the destruction of the wart tissue, allowing healthy skin to regenerate.
Treating warts with bleomycin
- Consultation: Your dermatologist will evaluate your warts and discuss whether bleomycin treatment is appropriate for your specific case.
- Application: The treatment may involve a single injection into the wart. Bleomycin solution is prepared from powder. For example, 15 mg bleomycin powder can be dissolved in 5ml distilled water, then diluted with lidocaine in a 2:1 ration for a final concentration of 1 mg/ml (or sometimes done as units).
- Recovery: After the treatment, the wart area may experience redness, swelling, or blistering, which is a normal part of the healing process.
- Follow-Up: Your doctor will provide instructions for care and follow-up appointments to monitor progress.
Potential Side Effects: While generally well-tolerated, bleomycin treatment may have some side effects, such as localized skin irritation, pain at the injection site, or temporary skin discoloration. Severe allergic reactions are rare.
Contact SOMA Skin & Laser for a wart consultation today: 973-763-7546