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How to Get Rid of a Wart

Warts are pesky little guys - they are never welcome, but insist on sticking around way longer than anyone would like.  Unfortunately, although warts can sometimes resolve on their own, they will often spread to other areas before going away.  For this reason, it is important to seek treatment if you notice a wart on your body.  Dr. Schweiger explains that, "The most common areas we see warts are on the hands and the feet.  This is likely because these are the areas most commonly exposed to the wart virus.  The best treatment is to visit your dermatologist for in-office removal, but even people who can't make it in to their dermatologist can begin treatments at home." Your dermatologist will recommend the best treatment to remove your wart, based on the size and location of the wart.  The most commonly used treatment is to pare down the wart and use liquid nitrogen to freeze the cells at the base of the wart.  For some areas of the body, including the bottom of the feet, this can require a series of treatments.  However, liquid nitrogen is considered to be one of the safest and most effective wart treatments.  Other treatments performed by dermatologists to get rid of a wart include laser wart treatment, prescription medications, and surgical removal.  Treatments that can be performed at home include the application of duct tape to the wart (yes! this can actually help!) and over-the-counter salicylic acid formulations. Click here to learn more about how to get rid of a wart.
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