You aren't sure if a skin growth is a
wart. If you are older than age 60 and have never had
warts, consider seeing your family doctor or other health professional to check
for skin cancer.
Nonprescription home treatment isn't successful
after 2 to 3 months.
Warts are growing or spreading rapidly despite
Signs of bacterial infection develop, including:
Increased pain, swelling, redness,
tenderness, or heat.
Red streaks extending from the
Discharge of pus.
A plantar wart becomes too painful to walk
peripheral arterial disease and you need treatment for
a wart on a leg or foot.
You have warts on your genitals or around
anus. For more information, see the topic
Watchful waiting is a period of time during
which you and your doctor observe your symptoms or condition without using
medical treatment. It is often appropriate treatment for warts, because they
generally go away on their own within months or years. But you may want to consider treating a wart to prevent it
from spreading to other parts of your body or to other people. You can try a
nonprescription wart treatment for 2 to 3 months before deciding to see a
Who to see
Warts can be diagnosed
and treated by most health professionals, including: