Warts are benign growths that are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) and can be spread from person to person. If you have a wart, make sure you take proper precautions to not spread the virus to others around you. Warts that are on the face or genital areas should never be treated with at home wart removal kits. If you have a stubborn wart that doesn’t respond to at home treatments, then consider a doctor’s appointment. A wart will usually go away on its own, but it could take months or years.
Over the Counter Wart Remover
For common warts and plantar warts, an over the counter wart removal method can remove the wart without a doctor visit. Two popular methods of wart removal are with salicylic acid as in Dr. Scholl’s Clear Away, DuoFilm Salicylic Acid Wart Remover and Walgreen’s Wart Remover) and with freezing methods using dimethyl ether (as with Compound W Freeze Off and Dr. Scholl’s Freeze Away). Salicylic acid removal can be in the form of a liquid, gel, or a conveniently invisible strip that is placed over the wart. Dimethyl ether freezing methods usually come in a canister with single-use tips for directing the freezing liquid onto the wart.
Removal With Home Remedies
There are many home remedies for wart removal that have been recorded but the only natural wart removal that has been medically researched is the use of duct tape. By placing a small piece of duct tape on the wart, an immune response is triggered in the body, causing the virus to be eliminated from the body. Keep in mind that this removal method does take patience as do many wart removal methods. The average time for a wart to completely go away is usually 6-10 weeks but could be longer.
When to Call the Doctor
There are times when you may need to have a doctor examine a wart. If you are not sure that a growth is a wart, then you should see a medical practitioner to rule out cancerous growths, especially if you are over 60. An infant with a wart anywhere on his or her body should be seen by a doctor. If you suspect that you have genital warts, then you should receive a medical exam to begin treatment.
Other times to call the doctor about possible wart removal:
-if the wart becomes red, swollen, or painful to the touch
-any discharge from the wart should be examined
-a bleeding wart could be a sign of a more serious condition
-if a plantar wart makes it difficult to walk or stand
What to Expect
During your doctor visit, your wart will be examined to determine if immediate treatment is needed or if a wait-and-see approach would be best. In very young children, many doctors prefer to wait and see if the wart will go away on its own since most removal methods can be uncomfortable and even painful for children. Most warts will go away on their own in time but a few can be difficult to deal with. These difficult warts usually require several visits to the doctor for repeated treatments to remove warts. Several wart removal methods are listed below.
Most insurance companies will provide coverage for wart removal but check with your insurance provider to make sure your policy allows for the removal and treatment of warts. Over the counter wart removers also qualify as an expense for a medical spending account. Again, check with your insurance provider to determine your exact coverage since every insurance company has varying degrees of coverage.