You can treat common and plantar warts by using over-the-counter gels or lotions containing salicylic acid, which dissolves the thickened layer of skin. Apply the treatment daily for several weeks until the warts have disappeared (see step). Alternatively, you can try over-the-counter wart freezing treatments, which usually make the warts fall off in 10–14 days. However, these treatments are not suitable in all cases and you should consult your pharmacist before using them. You should keep all equipment for treating warts away from other bath items to avoid spreading the virus, and you should not share bath items.
Soak the wart in water to soften it. Then gently rub it with a pumice stone or an emery board to remove as much of the thickened skin as possible.
Shield the surrounding skin with a corn pad or petroleum jelly. Carefully apply the wart treatment to the wart and cover the area with an adhesive bandage.
From the 2010 revision of the Complete Home Medical Guide © Dorling Kindersley Limited.
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