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How to Get Rid of Warts

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Common Warts can be pesky little things.  They can be found on any part of the body, but are generally seen on the hands, wrists, and feet.  Warts are caused by a virus called HPV or the Human Papillomavirus.  This virus is considered contagious and can lead to the spreading of warts to other parts of the body.
Below are some treatments suggested for the removal of Common Warts.  Since a virus causes warts, no treatment can be 100% effective if the virus returns.  Always see your doctor if a wart does not go away or seems to be getting worse.  It is also important to remember, that just because a remedy worked for someone else, it does not mean that it will also work for you.  However, with a wide variety of different treatments to choose from, you are sure to find at least one successful way to treat your wart.
TREATMENT

USE

TYPE EFFECTIVENESS
Salicylic Acid At home treatment.  Usually takes 2-3 weeks Gels, drops, pads, or plasters applied to wart. Will work on common warts on hands, wrists, legs, or feet.  Will also work on corns.
Aerosol  Freeze Sprays At home treatmentUsually takes 2 weeks Spray applied directly to wart. Will work on common warts on hands, wrists, legs, or feet.
Duct Tape At home treatmentMust leave on for 6-10 days. Duct Tape or  Electrical Tape to cover wart. Use just enough to only cover wart. Works best on fingers. Tape tends to fall off often and must be replaced.
Tea Tree Oil At home treatment Essential Oil of Tea TreeApply directly on the wart daily. Works to remove the virus. Very effective.
Essential Lemon Oil At home treatment Apply directly to the wart until gone. Some success seen with this method.
Liquid Nitrogen Doctor’s Office/Dermatologist Liquid applied directly to wart. Very effective. Works quickly. Good for stubborn warts.
Electric Needle Doctor’s Office/Dermatologist Needle with tiny bits of electricity burn the wart and its roots. Very effective.  Works quickly. Good for stubborn warts. May leave scarring.
imiquimod (Aldara), Doctor’s Office/Dermatologist Gel or cream applied to wart. Imiquimod belongs to a group of drugs called immune response modifiers. It is believed to work by helping to activate your immune system to fight these abnormal skin growths. Not recommended for children under 12.
Laser Treatment Doctor’s Office/Dermatologist Laser directed at wart Works effectively. May take 2or 3 treatments. Usually does not leave scars.
Surgical curettage Doctor’s Office/Dermatologist Removal of wart through surgery with local anesthesia Works immediately. May leave scars.

 

©Jamie Nowinski 5/20/2012

Article: Common Warts Treatment. (2012, May 15). Retrieved from Medicine Net. com: http://www.medicinenet.com/warts_common_warts/article.htm
Artman. (2007, 11 18). “Home Remedies for Removing Warts”. Retrieved from disabled-world.com: http://www.disabled-world.com/artman/publish/removing-warts.shtml
British Medical Journal, August 31,2002. (2003, March). Treating Warts. Retrieved from Harvard Medical School Family Health Guide: http://www.health.harvard.edu/fhg/updates/update0303d.shtml
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