Warts and Plantar Warts - Treatment Overview
warts 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.
You may decide to treat a wart if it is:
- Growing or spreading to other parts of your body or to
The goal of wart treatment is to destroy or remove the wart
without creating scar tissue, which can be more painful than the wart itself.
How a wart is treated depends on the type of wart, its location, and its
symptoms. Also important is your willingness to follow a course of treatment that can last for weeks or months.
Wart treatment isn't always
successful. Even after a wart shrinks or disappears, warts may return or spread
to other parts of the body. This is because most treatments only destroy the
wart and don't kill the virus that causes the wart.
- Warts: Should I Treat Warts?
Treating the warts yourself
Many people don't treat warts unless they are unsightly or painful. You can treat warts yourself with:
If your child has a wart, treatment probably isn't needed. That's because warts often go away on their own. But if the wart is on your child's face or genitals or is painful or spreading, your child should see a doctor for treatment. Otherwise, it is usually safe to treat a wart at home with duct tape or salicylic acid. If the wart doesn't start to improve within 2 weeks, see your doctor.
For more information, see Home Treatment.
If you have diabetes or peripheral arterial disease, talk to your doctor before you try home treatment for warts.
Getting treatment from your doctor
Your doctor can treat warts with: