How Do You Remove Warts?

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To remove plantar and palmer warts, WebMD suggests wrapping the area in duct tape, peeling the wart off with an over-the-counter treatment or freezing the wart off with liquid nitrogen. However, most warts go away on their own after two years. Even if a treatment is successful in removing a wart, it may reappear.

Of the three common treatments, the duct tape method is the slowest, taking up to several months to be effective. However, WebMD warns that over-the-counter treatment is effective only 50 percent of the time and that even liquid nitrogen does not guarantee permanent removal. However, doctors may sometimes supplement the liquid nitrogen by injecting medication to boost the immune system and help the body clear the virus causing the wart.

Warts are non-malignant, non-cancerous skin growths caused by human papillomavirus, or HPV, in the skin. However, WebMD says that this strain of HPV is not related to the kind that causes genital warts. Warts are generally harmless, but they can spread from person to person through indirect contact, such as touching the same surface with bare hands. While the risk of acquiring warts through hand or foot contact is minimal, people with weakened or compromised immune systems are more likely to develop warts.