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A wart is a small, rough growth resembling a cauliflower or a solid blister.

It
typically occurs on humans' hands or feet but often in other locations.
Warts are caused by a viral infection, specifically by one of the many types
of human papillomavirus (HPV). There are as many as 10 varieties of
warts, the most common considered to be mostly harmless. It is possible to
get warts from others; they are contagious and usually enter the body in an
area of broken skin.[1] They typically disappear after a few months but can
last for years and can reoccur.[2]

What is the treatment for wart?


Common warts can be annoying to anyone. It is worth considering that, in
normal people, half of all warts, on average, spontaneously go away within
about 18 months. The information in this article is about the treatment of
common warts. It does not apply to genital or venereal warts. Over-thecounter treatment for common skin warts has long been based upon the
use of products containing salicylic acid to destroy the wart. Newer
nonprescription wart treatments use aerosols to freeze warts.
Salicylic-acid preparations
These are available as drops, gels, pads, and plasters. They are designed
for application to all kinds of warts, from tiny ones to great big lumpy ones.
Salicylic acid is a keratolytic medication, which means it dissolves the
protein (keratin), which makes up most of both the wart and the thick layer
of dead skin that often surmounts it.
Nonprescription freezing methods
Aerosol wart treatments available over the counter use sprays that freeze
warts at a temperature of minus 70 F (minus 57 C). This compares with the
liquid nitrogen used by most dermatologists, which is considerably colder
(minus 320 F or minus 196 C).
Duct tape
It has been reported that warts can be treated by covering them with duct
(duck) tape or other nonporous tape, such as electrical tape. This treatment
requires that the tape must be left in place all the time and removed only a
few hours once per week. The tape must be replaced frequently.

Is using over-the-counter wart treatment safe?


You can't damage yourself with these OTC treatments. If you get salicylic
acid on normal skin, it can cause burning or redness but never infection or
scarring. All you have to do is stop using it on irritated areas and the skin
returns to normal. Still, it's probably better not to use salicylic acid on
sensitive areas like the face or groin, where it's likely to make nearby skin
raw and uncomfortable.
It generally is recommended that salicylic acid not be used in people
withdiabetes or in areas where there is poor circulation (because of
concern about how normally the skin can heal; however, in practice,
salicylic acid is withheld only when there are clear signs of ongoing
inflammation of the skin).
Likewise, nonprescription freezing products are also reasonably safe but
must be used carefully and only according to package instructions because
they work by destroying living tissue.

A wart is a skin growth caused by some types of the virus called the human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV
infects the top layer of skin, usually entering the body in an area of broken skin. The virus causes the top
layer of skin to grow rapidly, forming a wart. Most warts go away on their own within months or years.
Warts can grow anywhere on the body, and there are different kinds. For example, common warts
grow most often on the hands, but they can grow anywhere. Plantar warts
grow on

the soles of thefeet.


Warts are easily spread by direct contact with a human papillomavirus. You can infect yourself again by
touching the wart and then touching another part of your body. You can infect another person by sharing
towels, razors, or other personal items. After you've had contact with HPV, it can take many months of
slow growth beneath the skin before you notice a wart.
It is unlikely that you will get a wart every time you come in contact with HPV. Some people are more
likely to get warts than others.
Warts come in a wide range of shapes and sizes. A wart may be a bump with a rough surface, or it may
be flat and smooth. Tiny blood vessels grow into the core of the wart to supply it with blood. In both
common and plantar warts, these blood vessels may look like dark dots in the wart's center.
Warts are usually painless. But a wart that grows in a spot where you put pressure, such as on a finger or
on the bottom of the foot, can be painful.
A doctor usually can tell if a skin growth is a wart just by looking at it. Your doctor may take a sample of
the wart and look at it under a microscope (a skin biopsy). This may be done if it isn't clear that the growth
is a wart. It may also be done if a skin growth is darker than the skin surrounding it, is an irregular patch
on the skin, bleeds, or is large and fast-growing.
Most warts don't need treatment. But if you have warts that are painful or spreading, or if you are
bothered by the way they look, your treatment choices include:

Using a home treatment such as salicylic acid or duct tape. You can get these without a
prescription.

Putting a stronger medicine on the wart, or getting a shot of medicine in it.

Freezing the wart (cryotherapy).

Removing the wart with surgery (electrosurgery, curettage, laser surgery).


Wart treatment doesn't always work. Even after a wart shrinks or goes away, warts may come back or
spread to other parts of the body. This is because most treatments destroy the wart but don't kill the virus
that causes the wart.