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Do you have to treat your warts?

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Some doctors say that the best treatment for warts is no treatment at all. Most people develop an immune response that causes warts to go away by themselves. One-fifth of all warts disappear within 6 months, and two-thirds are gone within 2 years. But if your wart doesn't disappear, or if it's unsightly or uncomfortable, you can try self-treatment or seek help from your doctor. If you have diabetes or a weak immune system, it is recommended to avoid self-treatment and talk to your doctor instead.

SOURCES:

The Mayo Clinic: "Common Warts."

American Academy of Dermatology: "Warts."

KidsHealth: "What's Up With Warts."

Reviewed by Hansa D. Bhargava on April 05, 2018

SOURCES:

The Mayo Clinic: "Common Warts."

American Academy of Dermatology: "Warts."

KidsHealth: "What's Up With Warts."

Reviewed by Hansa D. Bhargava on April 05, 2018

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