4 Ways to Get Rid of Warts
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
The sun is high and kid’s shoes are probably off, which means they could be exposing their feet to warts. Children’s National Health System dermatologist Scott Norton, MD, MPH, MSc, recently presented tips on wart care.
“Most warts will generally resolve with no treatment at all,” Dr. Norton said.
There are more than 150 types of warts, all of which are caused by the human papilloma virus and they only affect humans, which means the transmission of warts can happen from one child to another or via self-infliction. Warts are not only found on feet, kids can get them anywhere, even eyelids. So, how can you get rid of them?
“Most warts do not cause pain, take time, and may need many treatments,” said Dr. Norton. “The wart is gone when normal skin lines re-appear, but I usually treat a patient for two weeks up to two months until after the wart is clinically clear.”
- Duct tape a cheap and easy solution to gradually remove a wart. Cut duct tape to size of wart. Apply and leave on for six days. Remove for one day. Pare down the wart. Reapply on day seven. Repeat process for four weeks.
- Salicylic acid can be purchased at a local drugstore, sometimes they are labeled as corn and callus removers, with popular brands such as Compound W or DuoFilm. Dr. Norton suggests parents apply salicylic acid after the wart has been wet (post shower or bath). Apply every other night. Then, pare or file (at home) twice monthly (after soaking).
- Podophyllin is only used in a doctor’s office, but is a natural solution derived from the crude extract of the Mayapple.
- Liquid nitrogen is also used in a doctor’s office. While there are “cold sprays” available over-the-counter, Dr. Norton does not recommend them.
About the Expert
Scott NortonDivision Chief, Dermatology
Scott A. Norton, MD, MPH, MSc, is the Chief of Dermatology at Children’s National Health System and is on the faculty at George Washington University, Georgetown University, and Howard University.