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  • Freezing (Cyrotherapy):  or you can use an over the counter version of a freezing spray (not as effective).  A   forms around the wart and the dead tissue falls off within one to two weeks. blister
  • Cantharidin:  This substance, an extract of a blister beetle and applied to the skin, forms a blister around the wart. After cantharidin is applied, the area is covered with a bandage. The blister lifts the wart off the skin.
  • Other :medicationsbleomycinimiquimodAldara   These include  , which is injected into a wart to kill a virus, and   ( and Zyclara), an immunotherapy drug that stimulates your own immune system to fight off the wart virus. It comes in the form of a prescription cream. Although imiquimod is stated for genital warts, it is modestly effective on other types of warts.
  • Salicylic acid: Over-the-Counter wart treatments come in several forms (gel, ointments or pads) and contain salicylic acid as the active ingredient. When applied on a regular basis, the acid gradually dissolves the wart tissue. The process may take several weeks.
  • Minor surgery:  When warts cannot be removed by other therapies, surgery may be used to cut away the wart. The base of the wart will be destroyed using an electric needle or by cryosurgery (deep freezing).
  • Laser surgery:  This procedure utilizes an intense beam of light (laser) to burn and destroy wart tissue.
  • Over-thecounter medication - : Usually this contains salicylic acid and is applied in gel, ointment or lotion form. Applied regularly, the wart eventually peels off. This is not for use in genital warts.

From: Skin Conditions and Warts WebMD Medical Reference

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American Academy of Dermatology.

Reviewed by Hansa D. Bhargava on April 05, 2018

SOURCE:

American Academy of Dermatology.

Reviewed by Hansa D. Bhargava on April 05, 2018

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