PREVIOUS QUESTION:

 

NEXT QUESTION:

 

If I decide to treat my own wart, what should I do?

ANSWER

Your first-choice remedy should be an over-the-counter medication in liquid, gel, pad, or ointment form. Most of these contain salicylic acid, which softens abnormal skin cells and dissolves them.

First, soak the wart in water for 5 minutes to help the medication get in your skin. Then gently rub off dead skin cells with a washcloth or pumice stone. You'll have to do this daily for several weeks.

Don't reuse the same washcloth or pumice stone or you may keep reinfecting yourself with the wart virus.

After you put salicylic acid on the wart, cover it with a piece of duct tape. This will help the salicylic acid soak into the skin.

SOURCES:

The Mayo Clinic: "Common Warts."

American Academy of Dermatology: "Warts."

KidsHealth: "What's Up With Warts."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on March 8, 2020

SOURCES:

The Mayo Clinic: "Common Warts."

American Academy of Dermatology: "Warts."

KidsHealth: "What's Up With Warts."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on March 8, 2020

NEXT QUESTION:

When should I see a doctor about my wart?

WAS THIS ANSWER HELPFUL

"ALEXA, ASK WEBMD"

THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for general informational purposes only and does not address individual circumstances. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and should not be relied on to make decisions about your health. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the WebMD Site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.

    This tool does not provide medical advice. See additional information.

    Other Answers On: