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.

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

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.

Step 2 Wait Wait for the wart to go away. Warts often go away by themselves, though it may take months or years.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Step 7 See your doctor See your doctor for more aggressive treatments – like freezing – to remove warts. They may work better than home remedies.