How to remove warts at home
How to remove warts at home
Learn how to remove warts without acids, doctor visits, or "Natural" remedies that do nothing.
By reading this, you agree to take this lens under advisement at your own risk.
What are warts?
Many people are plagued with warts of one type of another. Warts are uncomfortable and embarrassing at best, and painful at worst. While in rare cases warts will disappear on their own, they more often tend to spread and worsen.
The two most popular types of warts are "common warts" and "plantar warts". Common warts are usually found on the fingers and hands, while plantar warts are typically located on the bottom of the foot or between toes.
Warts are caused by a virus, and they run deep into the skin. Cutting warts off rarely works because the warts will grow back. Acids that are purchased at grocery stores do not work for many people. The solution for quite some time has been to "burn" the warts off by freezing them at a doctor's office. Speaking from experience, I can say that freezing is the only thing I have had success with, so let's talk about how to do so at home.
How to get rid of warts
I will keep this simple. The solution to warts is to freeze them off yourself using a can of compressed air and a Q-tip, costing less than $10.00 instead of several expensive doctor appointments.
First, to set up your freezing tool, buy a can of compressed air that is used for cleaning computers and other electronics. Remove the red straw and throw it away. Next, cut your Q-tip in half using scissors or a knife and examine the cut end to ensure that it is hollow. Finally, firmly insert the cut end of the Q-tip into the hole in the can of compressed air.
You are now ready to treat your warts. Pick up your wart removal tool and turn it upside down so that the bottom of the can is pointed toward the ceiling. Spray the compressed air over a sink to saturate the end of the Q-tip with the freezing liquid, then quickly press the Q-tip against your wart and hold it firmly for several seconds. Treating your warts in this manner is not painful for most people because the freezing will quickly numb the wart. However, there is a stinging sensation that you will feel shortly after your warts thaw; don't worry, this will pass fairly quickly.
After the freezing, keep a close eye on your warts for about three weeks. If you notice persistent swelling or infection, see your doctor. If frozen successfully, your warts will turn different colors, scab over, and eventually fall off. This happens because the wart structure under the skin was killed by the freezing, and it takes a bit of time for natural skin to take its place. If your warts have not fallen off, then freeze them again after the three weeks. Some larger warts may take a couple of treatments, just like they would at the doctor's office.
Warnings and Considerations
What to know before you begin
The procedure I described above should only be attempted at your own risk. I can not be held liable for the outcome of any actions you take as a result of this lens. Do not treat warts on sensitive areas of your body, such as eyes, mouth, ears, etc.
When freezing, try to freeze only the wart to avoid damaging as little of the surrounding skin as possible. If you are new to freezing warts, then I recommend only freezing one to start with to get comfortable with the process.
I used this method because I don't like spending hundreds of dollars for someone else to do what I could do for $10.00. I have had warts treated by a doctor, and I noticed no difference between the doctor's results and my own. Simply put, this is a very valuable do-it-yourself lesson.
I discovered this wart removal method from an "Instructables" entry a while ago, but had a hard time finding it because the internet was so full of "natural" remedies that have done nothing for me. It is my hope that posting this freezing method will allow more people to see this great wart removal option.