Remove warts with patience as medication
There are few conditions that may be perceived as unsightly and ugly as warts. Warts in the face, on the hands and large warts can make the affected individual feel uncomfortable in social settings and lower the self esteem. In most cases the warts will disappear without any aid. Warts are a cosmetic issue more than anything, and it is not associated with any health risks.

It may take a long time to remove the wart
To address the problem for the best possible outcome, there are some things to consider. First of all it is important to take into account what kind of wart that needs to be addressed. Different types of warts respond very differently to treatments and medications. It is very hard to estimate exactly how long the treatment will take to remove the warts. It might take a very long time and require several treatments, but it can also be fast with just one treatment.

Different warts are unequally hard to remove
The types of warts that are least receptive to treatment are warts around and under nails, mosaic warts and plantar warts. The last two most often appear on the feet, and warts around or in the nails may appear on both hands and feet. In case of infection by any of these kinds of warts, non-prescription medications will give varied results – but its worth a try. If repeated treatments are not helping, it is advisable to consult a physician.

Expect a 70-75% chance of defeating the wart infection
Common warts are very responsive to non-prescription treatments and it is very rare to have to consult a doctor for further care. Up to 70-75% of all common warts disappear for good after a treatment with non-prescription wart medication. The two most popular variants of non-prescription treatments are based on salicylic acid and an aerosol-based freeze agent. Medications with salicylic acid can be bought as ointments, drops, gel and plasters. The treatment is applied to the wart, and the salicylic acid dissolves the wart’s tissue, and after a while the area is carefully wiped and all or parts of the wart disappears. Freeze treatments are sprayed onto the wart and the cold kills the wart’s tissue which falls off. After a while the area is scraped to remove the dead tissue. Both salicylic acid and freeze agents are safe and gentle, but to achieve the best possible result and avoid adverse effects it is important to follow the instructions very carefully.

Flat warts(also known as verrucae planae) are easy to remove with non prescription wart treatments. Remedies with salicylic acid and freeze agents both work very well. However, they have a tendency of returning more often after this type of treatment than common warts, which can be a bit annoying.

Remove warts surgically / operate on warts
In cases where non-prescription medications do not have any effect on the warts, there are medical procedures and prescription medications to be used for these difficult cases. Medications for warts strengthen the body’s immune system against HPV to get rid of the warts. In the most persistent cases there are a couple of different ways of amending the problem. To mention a few:

Surgery is used to cut away the warts. Under local anaesthesia the tissue affected by the wart virus is simply cut away. This method is often used on the heel for example, when foot warts are growing to a size of several centimetres. After surgery there will be a large wound that needs to heel, usually within a couple of weeks. The method is applicable when the wart affects walking and causes pain.

Cryosurgery utilizes liquid nitrogen or other agents with a similar effect to freeze and kill the wart’s tissue. This procedure results in damage similar to burns, and is often more painful after the treatment compared to surgically removing the wart’s tissue. The procedure is efficient but may result in larger scars. It will be the surgeon’s responsibility to decide on which procedure that will be applied, though in general only warts on the sole of the foot is treated with this procedure.

Diathermy utilizes an electric current to heat up and kill the tissue of the wart. It is a method that is commonly used in the US, and very often in beauty salons without a legitimate doctor. The efficiency of diathermy is still under discussion and the procedure’s results are disputed.