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.
|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