How are they treated?
Most warts don't need treatment. But if you have warts that are painful or spreading, or if you are bothered by the way they look, your treatment choices include:
- Using a home treatment such as salicylic acid or duct tape. You can get these without a prescription.
- Putting a stronger medicine on the wart, or getting a shot of medicine in it.
- Freezing the wart (cryotherapy).
- Removing the wart with surgery (electrosurgery, curettage, laser surgery).
Wart treatment doesn't always work. Even after a wart shrinks or goes away, warts may come back or spread to other parts of the body. This is because most treatments destroy the wart but don't kill the virus that causes the wart.
Frequently Asked Questions
Learning about warts and plantar warts:
- What are warts?
- What causes them?
- Can I prevent warts?
- What are the symptoms?
- What happens as warts grow?
- What increases my risk of getting warts?
- How are warts treated?
- What medicines will I need to take?
- Will I need surgery?
- What other treatments might be recommended?
- Should I treat warts?
Living with warts: