Common Wart

Did you know that almost everyone in the world has or will have warts at some time in their life?

That fact might not be a lot of solace if you are suffering from warts but it might be a comfort to know you are not alone.  It also might be a comfort to know that there are ways to treat and remove warts, from cheap and easy methods which might take a long time, up to expensive visits to the doctor that can remove warts almost instantly.

What causes warts?

According to WebMD, common warts are caused by the human papillomavirus, commonly referrred to as HPV. There is virtually no way to be immune from catching this virus, unless you never touch another person or touch anything another person has touched.  In other words, unless you live in a bubble you will come in to contact with HPV. You can try to limit the outbreak of warts by thoroughly washing your hands regularly.  A common wart is an infection in the top layer of your skin, known as the epidermis.

How to Remove Warts


Cryotherapy is a method of freezing the wart, usually using liquid nitrogen.  This procedure is usually performed by a doctor but there are over the counter treatments available at most drugstores.  If you have medical insurance, it is suggested to visit your family doctor to have this procedure done instead of trying to do it yourself.

Cryotherapy can cause some moderate pain and can also take more than one treatment to fully remove the wart.  Be warned however that if you use cryotherapy, make sure the wart is completely removed before finishing with treatments or the wart could come back bigger than before you started treatment.

Salicylic Acid

Salicylic acid is the main active ingredient in most over the counter wart removal medications like Compound W.  Using Salicylic acid will generally take multiple treatments every few days for several weeks.  It’s a good idea to soak the area to be treated in warm or tepid water for five or ten minutes before applying the acid to soften the skin, allowing the acid to do a better job of attacking the wart.  Salicylic acid treatment is probably the most common type of treatment for warts as it just takes a trip to your local drugstore and treatments are done from the comfort of your home at your own leisure.  This treatment does not work on all people however.  If by chance this treatment does not work for you, it is suggested to then visit your doctor and inquire about cryotherapy wart treatment.

Duct Tape

Using duct tape to choke or suffocate a wart is a surprisingly common method of wart removal.  There is not a lot of scientific evidence that this treatment works well but it is of course a cheap and easy method.  If this treatment does work for you, be prepared to wait several months for the wart to disappear.  There are better, easier and quicker methods available so using duct tape for wart removal is not a suggested option.

Home Remedies

There are dozens of home remedies for removing warts with mixed results reported by people.  If you are not in a hurry to remove your wart and want to try something from your cupboard, attempting a home remedy might be the ticket.

Some of the more common items reported for home remedy wart removal are:

  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Aspirin
  • Garlic
  • Pineapple
  • Honey
  • Hot water
  • Tea Tree oil

There are many more items that reportedly work.  If this is something you’d like to try, just Google for the topic and you will be amazed at how many options are available to you.


The bad news is you have a wart and want to get rid of it.  The good news is that it is possible, using one of many options described here.  Good luck with getting rid of that pesky wart and feel free to leave us a comment on what worked best for you.