How to Treat Warts

Warts can be embarrassing – as well as contagious. Help minimize the chance you'll spread them to other parts of your body, or other people.

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You Will Need

  • Time
  • Healthy foods
  • A banana peel
  • An over-the-counter wart remover
  • Duct tape
  • A pumice stone or emery board
  • A doctor

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Avoid contact

    Avoid touching or scratching your warts, and don't share your clothes. Warts can be especially contagious if you touch someone who has a break in their skin, like a scratch or hangnail.

  2. Never cut off a wart yourself. You could bleed heavily or cause a scar. See your doctor.

  3. Step 2

    Wait

    Wait for the wart to go away. Warts often go away by themselves, though it may take months or years.

  4. Step 3

    Build and maintain strong immune system

    Support your immune system by eating healthy foods. A strong immune system will battle warts and help them disappear faster.

  5. Step 4

    Apply banana peels

    Rub the inside of a fresh piece of banana peel on your warts every night. Potassium may help them disappear faster.

  6. Step 5

    Try and OTC remedy

    Pat your skin dry after a shower and apply salicylic acid or another over-the-counter wart remedy. Re-apply daily until the wart goes away.

  7. Step 6

    Try duct tape

    Cover the wart with duct tape for six days; then remove the duct tape, soak the wart in warm water, and file it down with a pumice stone or emery board. One study theorized that duct tape irritated the wart enough to trigger the body's immune system to attack it.

  8. Step 7

    See your doctor

    See your doctor for more aggressive treatments – like freezing – to remove warts. They may work better than home remedies.

  9. If you look at a wart with a magnifying glass, the surface often resembles a tiny cauliflower.

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