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When do you need to see a doctor about warts?

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For common skin warts, many dermatologists agree that it’s perfectly fine to try over-the-counter wart treatments for a couple of months. If your warts don’t go away during that time, or if they get worse, it may be wise to seek medical attention. Dermatologists have a variety of wart treatment and removal techniques that are stronger and may work faster than commercially available products. Also, remember that all warts can be “mother” warts that give rise to additional warts in your skin. So, the faster you remove the wart, the less likely it will spread.

SOURCES: American Academy of Dermatology: “Warts.” American Academy of Family Physicians: “Warts.”

Robert Brodell, MD, Warren, Ohio.

Conway Huang, MD, associate professor of dermatologic surgery and cutaneous laser surgery, University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Sandra Johnson, MD, Fort Smith, Ark.

Nemours Foundation: “Warts.”

Reviewed by Hansa D. Bhargava on April 5, 2018

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SOURCES: American Academy of Dermatology: “Warts.” American Academy of Family Physicians: “Warts.”

Robert Brodell, MD, Warren, Ohio.

Conway Huang, MD, associate professor of dermatologic surgery and cutaneous laser surgery, University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Sandra Johnson, MD, Fort Smith, Ark.

Nemours Foundation: “Warts.”

Reviewed by Hansa D. Bhargava on April 5, 2018

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