Warts and Plantar Warts
Warts and Plantar Warts
Home treatment is often the first
treatment used for
warts. When done properly, home treatment is usually
less painful than surgical treatment.
- Salicylic acid, which is currently considered the most
desirable wart treatment, based on its effectiveness and safety. The treatment takes 2 to 3 months. Salicylic
acid formulas include Compound W and Occlusal. Ask your doctor about how to use salicylic acid.
- Tape occlusion (duct tape), in which you use duct tape
to cover the wart for a period of time. This treatment takes 1 to 2
- Over-the-counter cryotherapy. There are home cryotherapy kits that you can buy without a prescription, such as Dr. Scholl's Freeze Away. These treatments may be safe for warts on the hands or feet but not for genital warts. Follow all instructions carefully.
If you are uncertain that a skin growth is a wart, or if
peripheral arterial disease, or other major illnesses
that may affect your treatment, it is best to see a health professional.
Reducing plantar wart pain
You can reduce plantar
wart pain by:
- Wearing comfortable shoes and socks. Avoid
high heels or shoes that increase pressure on your foot.
the wart with doughnut-shaped felt or a
moleskin patch that can be purchased at drugstores.
Place the pad around the plantar wart so that it relieves pressure on the wart.
Also, consider placing pads or cushions in your shoes to make walking more
- Using nonprescription medicines, such as aspirin,
ibuprofen (such as Advil), or acetaminophen (such as Tylenol) to help relieve
pain. Do not give aspirin to anyone younger than 20,
because of the risk of
Reye syndrome, a serious but rare illness.
What to think about
Salicylic acid treatments are
often effective. They aren't very painful, aren't very expensive, and usually don't cause scarring. Salicylic acid is a good treatment for children because it
isn't very painful. For treatment to be successful, salicylic acid must be
applied on a regular basis, usually for a number of months.
Folk remedies, such as rubbing a wart with a bean, may
have an effect on a wart. But such treatment may simply coincide with the
natural disappearance of a wart.
Never cut or burn off a wart
Patrice Burgess, MD - Family Medicine
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
September 7, 2012
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