The Day After
Due to the nature of warts, many people primarily research techniques to remove them. However, there is a little more to the removal of warts then the actual methods. Once removed, another phase of the process has just begun. Even though the actual issue has been removed, the focus now must shift to examining ways to care for the sensitive skin that is leftover after the process.
Knowledge is power, and the first step to properly care for your skin will be in the area of education. You will need to know how to properly care for the skin tissue that was affected by the wart. If you chose to seek professional help (ex. Dermatologist, primary care physician, etc.,), you will be provided with detailed instructions. Many times the doctor will give you supplies such as pads, bandages, and antibiotic cream among other things. It is important that you follow the physicians instructions step by step. This will ensure you have a safe and proper recovery.
However, there are many readers who will choose to perform their own removal. This is perfectly fine. However, this means that you will have to make sure you are properly educated on what to do when it comes to managing your care and recovery. A great advantage you possess in this day and age is the internet. With a simple search on Google you can find multiple methods that can help you to perform self-care. I recommend checking a number of different websites that specialize in the medical field (not a site trying to sell you something). There are many great resources (such as WebMD) that possess great advice ranging from tips, to special articles that outline step by step methods for a quick and safe recovery. Always make sure the site is credible, and cross-reference information. Remember, this is your body and it is your responsibility to take care of it.
Now this may sound old school, but I am going to throw this one out there. A great resource (whether you use a doctor, or you perform a wart removal at home) is the public library. A good old fashioned book can provide you with great information on techniques and methods. The information is free, and I always find comfort in a good book.
Regardless if you have instructions from a physician or the internet there are a couple of things you can do (and they both would probably recommend) regarding your skin care in the days after. Make sure you keep your wounds clean. After surgery or home removal you could have a scab (or other sort of wound). It is important you keep this area clean to avoid the risk of an infection. No special tools are needed, just regular water and soap can get the job done.
Also, make sure you keep the wound (or scab) covered. This is a great method for preventing infections from occurring. A regular bandage should suffice, and it might be a good idea to apply a little bit of antibiotic cream on the area. However, certain wart removal techniques (such as freeze-offs) warn against the usage of skin creams during the healing process. Make sure you check to see if this rule applies to you before applying any.
In conclusion, in all things there is a process. Caring for your scab or wound after any sort of surgery is vital to recovery. Follow the instructions, stay safe and everything will turn out fine.