Your health care provider can treat a wart if you do not like how it looks or if it is painful.
Do NOT attempt to remove a wart yourself by burning, cutting, tearing, picking, or by any other method.
Over-the-counter medicines are available to remove warts.
Do NOT use over-the-counter wart medicines on your face or genitals. Warts in these areas need to be treated by a health care provider.
To use wart-removal medicine:
- File the wart with a nail file or emery board when your skin is damp (for example, after a shower or bath). This helps remove dead tissue. Do not use the same emery board on your nails.
- Put the medicine on the wart every day for several weeks or months. Follow the instructions on the label.
- Cover the wart with a bandage to prevent it from spreading.
Special foot cushions can help ease the pain from plantar warts. You can buy these at drugstores without a prescription. Use socks. Wear shoes with plenty of room. Avoid high heels.
Your health care provider may need to trim away thick skin or calluses that form over warts on your foot or around nails.
Your provider may recommend the following treatments if your warts do not go away:
- Stronger (prescription) medicines
- A blistering solution
- Freezing the wart (cryotherapy) to remove it
- Burning the wart (electrocautery) to remove it
- Laser treatment for difficult to remove warts
- Immunotherapy, which gives you a shot of a substance that causes an allergic reaction and helps the wart go away
- Skin medicine called imiquimod
Genital warts are treated in a different way than most other warts.
A medicine called veregen may be used on genital warts, as well as on other warts.