Warts and Plantar Warts - Home Treatment
You can reduce plantar
wart pain by:
- Wearing comfortable shoes and socks. Avoid
high heels or shoes that increase pressure on your foot.
the wart with doughnut-shaped felt or a
moleskin patch that can be purchased at drugstores.
Place the pad around the plantar wart so that it relieves pressure on the wart.
Also, consider placing pads or cushions in your shoes to make walking more
- Using nonprescription medicines, such as aspirin,
ibuprofen (such as Advil), or acetaminophen (such as Tylenol) to help relieve
pain. Do not give aspirin to anyone younger than 20
because of the risk of
What to Think About
warts do not need to be treated. They generally go
away on their own within months or years. This may be
because, with time, your
immune system is able to destroy the
human papillomavirus that causes warts.
Nonprescription salicylic acid is as effective as or more effective than other
treatment, with minimal risk and pain.1
- A review of research suggests that salicylic
acid is a safe treatment that effectively eliminates warts up to 75% of the
time. By comparison,
placebo or no treatment produced an approximate
clearance rate of 50%.2
- There is currently
no proof that cryotherapy is any more effective than salicylic acid.1
Folk remedies, such as rubbing a wart with a bean, may
have an effect on a wart. But such treatment may simply coincide with the
natural disappearance of a wart.
Never cut or burn off a wart