Use Of TCA?

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. How is trichloroacetic acid used?

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Hi Ahmad_,

Thank you for asking

TCA (trichloroacetic acid, trichloroacetic acid) is a drug commonly used to treat skin infections caused by the HPV virus (Human Papilloma Virus), or often known as warts. You need to know that this drug is not included in the class of over-the-counter drugs so that its use is only safe when done under a doctor's supervision. Improper use of TCAs has the potential to cause skin irritation, allergies, and various other health problems.

Common warts are characterized by bumps on the skin that have a rough surface, and are similar in color to the skin, gray, pink, or brown. Some warts may also join together to form a larger mass. These warts can appear in various parts of the body, including the genital area, because they are also called genital warts. Genital warts are prone to be transmitted through unhealthy sexual activity, for example, if you frequently change sexual partners or have sex with partners who have no clear sexual history.

Diagnosis of warts needs to be done by direct examination by a doctor. Because, often, bumps on the skin that resemble warts actually appear due to other causes, for example skin tags, nevus (moles), infection with other microorganisms, neurofibromatosis, follicular keratosis, and so on. Therefore, handling these conditions cannot always be done by giving TCA.

It is better if you do not use TCA carelessly without a prescription directly from a doctor. Check your complaint first to a doctor or a dermatologist so you can identify whether the cause is really a wart or not. That way, the doctor can give you the best treatment according to the cause of the lump.

In addition to avoiding indiscriminate therapy, also avoid touching the bumps on the skin that are suspected of having warts. If a lump appears on the genitals, stop sexual activity first to minimize transmission. Avoid exchanging personal items with others, including clothes, pants, and towels. Increase your endurance and always live a healthy lifestyle.

I hope this helps.

dr. Nadia Nurotul Fuadah

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