Warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) and can be contagious. There are several ways to remove a wart, including:
- Over-the-counter treatments: You can find salicylic acid preparations in most drugstores, which can dissolve warts over time. You can apply these to the wart and cover with a bandage or tape. Repeat the treatment daily for several weeks.
- Cryotherapy: A doctor may use liquid nitrogen to freeze the wart. This causes a blister to form underneath the wart, which lifts it off the skin. You may need multiple treatments, and the area may be sore for a few days afterward.
- Laser treatment: This involves using a high-intensity laser to burn the wart. It can be an effective treatment but may require multiple sessions.
- Surgery: A doctor may use a scalpel to remove the wart surgically. This is usually reserved for large or stubborn warts.
- Duct tape: While not backed by strong scientific evidence, some people have reported success with covering the wart with duct tape for several days, then removing it and filing down the wart with an emery board. Repeat this process until the wart is gone.
It’s important to note that you should never try to cut or pick at a wart as this can spread the virus and cause the wart to grow back. If you’re unsure which treatment is right for you, it’s best to consult with a doctor or dermatologist.