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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.


  • 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.
  • : Never cut off a wart yourself. You could bleed heavily or cause a scar. See your doctor.
  • 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.
  • FACT: If you look at a wart with a magnifying glass, the surface often resembles a tiny cauliflower.

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

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