You looking at someone who has done and preferred the TCA acid treatment for my warts. True it's not the most comfortable thing in the world but so far this has been the best treatment option for my situation. Usually for the pain and swelling, I will take an Aleve or Advil. Next I let the skin do it's thing and crust and fall away . I also use Polysporin to help in the healing process and reduce any minor possibility of infection.
So true, I understand what you are going through. The first few days are tough. The stinging and burning while applying the acid is not a swim in the pool and the healing time can go from a few days to a few weeks but for me it has been one of the better options. This is the process I went through.
1. An hour before the treatment, I take a pain killer such as tylenol, aleve or advil to help reduce pain and swelling
2. The acid is applied and the first few minutes but no longer than 30 minutes, there is a slight burning and stinging feeling
3. There is next a tightening in the burn area , the wart is "dying", the skin turns a pale color almost frost white. Thskin may look like it's cracking or leathery in appearance
4. A few days pass and the wart falls off, the acid is still working so the spot is red and tender. This is where I pay close attention to the area because in some cases acid can burn deeply and may form ulcerations in rare cases. At this stage and through the other stages, I apply Polysporin or Neopsporin. I prefer Poly because it doesn't contatin the neomycin ingrediant. But either will suffice
5. The swelling has reduced and the skin begins to grow back but in the face, you will see that yucky white healing skin. This is normal. The immune system is kicking in and the area will still be tender and swollen a little. Soon the bur closes but it will look slightly discolored.
6. After a few weeks the color returns, swelling is gone and the skin appears healthy, normal and new. The process can take a few days to a few weeks. The pain has also gone.
That's pretty much what I go through. The process is similar to BCA acid and Condylox gel which you can apply at home.
I hope that helps but post if you have any questions.