Warts 2

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Warts are incredibly common. They arent serious, but they can sometimes be uncomfortable and embarrassing. Although they often go away by themselves, there are some ways to hurry that process along. Dr. Edward Hill discusses treatment for warts in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

There are several types of warts. Common warts are usually found on hands and around the nails. Warts on the bottom of the feet are called plantar warts.

Warts can spread to different parts of your body if you touch or scratch them. Most warts will go away on their own, but it may take up to two years. Some warts will never go away without treatment.

Warts can be treated with an over-the-counter medicine called salicylic acid. This treatment works best if you first soak the wart in warm water and file down the thick skin with a pumice stone or emery board. Putting duct tape over the medicine may help, but this hasnt been proven. Warts can come back after treatment.

If over-the-counter treatments dont work, your doctor can freeze the wart with cryotherapy, although it may take several treatments for it to work. Cryotherapy kits that you can use yourself are also available over the counter.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.