What to do for warts and verrucas?

Warts typically vanish without treatment. On the other hand, it usually takes up to 2 years for the virus to exit the body and the warts to vanish. The time frame it requires for the wart to vanish tends to vary from one individual to another. In most cases, it usually lasts longer among adults and older children.

Among adults and those who have a declining immune system, warts are unlikely to clear up on their own or respond properly to treatment. Allowing the wart to vanish on its own is an option. Nevertheless, it is best to consider treatment if the wart is painful, in an awkward position or causing embarrassment or distress. A doctor must be consulted if treatment for a wart on the face is needed.

Treatment for warts

There are various treatments available for warts. Remember though no single treatment is completely effective and the wart might return. The objective of treatment is to eliminate the wart without recurrence as well as leaving behind any scarring.

Salicylic acid

The treatment is available in various forms such as gels, creams, paints and medicated plasters. These are readily available over-the-counter in pharmacies. Salicylic acid is the active component in most of these treatments. Take note that salicylic acid is effective in treating warts.

Always bear in mind that salicylic acid along with other treatment options also destroy healthy skin, thus it is vital to protect the skin before applying the treatment. You can apply petroleum jelly or corn plaster to cover the skin surrounding the wart.


The time frame it requires for the wart to vanish tends to vary from one individual to another.

Before applying the treatment, use a pumice stone or emery board to file it down a little. This must be repeated once a week while treating the warts.


Cryotherapy involves the application of liquid nitrogen on the wart for a few seconds to freeze and destroy the affected skin cells. After treatment, a sore blister forms and then followed by a scab that falls off 7-10 days later.

One session typically takes 5-15 minutes and can be painful. For large-sized warts, they need to be frozen a few times before eventually clearing up. The individual has to wait for a few weeks between each treatment.

Duct tape

The treatment with duct tape involves applying the piece of the tape over the wart for about 6 days. If the tape falls off, replace it with a new piece. After 6 days, remove the tape and soak the water in water.

After the wart has been soaked, use a pumice stone or emery board to eliminate rough areas. Allow the wart to stay exposed overnight and apply a fresh piece of tape next morning. The procedure must be carried out for up to 2 months.

Chemical treatments

Always bear in mind that warts can also be treated using chemical treatments given by prescription such as those that contain silver nitrate, formaldehyde and glutaraldehyde. Take note that these chemicals are applied on the warts to kill the affected skin cells.

The possible side effects include brownish stain on the skin (if glutaraldehyde is used) and burns to the surrounding skin (if silver nitrate is used).


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