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Plantar's Warts Treatments

Treatment

There are many over-the-counter products available to treat warts. These therapies often contain a mild acid. You can usually apply them when a wart first appears.

Another popular and less expensive treatment is using duct tape to cover a wart for a week at a time. This is also done with weekly “sanding” of the wart with a pumice stone.

You should see a doctor:

  • For recurrent warts
  • For those that fail to respond to initial treatment
  • When over-the-counter therapies are not well-tolerated
  • When the diagnosis is unclear

After confirming the diagnosis of plantar warts, the doctor may use one or more of the following:

  • Cryotherapy—freezing the warts to kill the virus
  • Laser treatment—using a laser to kill the virus and destroy wart tissue
  • Electrocautery treatment—burning the wart
  • Surgical removal—cutting out the warts (with anesthetic)
  • Immune therapy—application of substances that stimulate the immune system’s response to the wart-causing virus

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Copyright © 2019 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved.

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