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I have 2 plantar warts on the bottom of my big toe. is it possible to remove them without having surgery?

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Dr. Michael Tomeo
Dermatology 38 years experience
Yes: There are many techniques other than surgery to treat plantar warts such as applying salicylic acid , cryotherapy or cautery.
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 12 years experience
Several treatments.: You can try over the counter wart removers, but be careful: i've seen them do more harm than good. Other options your doctor might offer include cryotherapy (freezing the wart), electrocautery (burning the wart), laser treatment, or several different topical chemical treatments. If the treatment is typically uncomfortable, your doctor can numb the area before proceeding.
Dr. Thomas Inwood
Podiatry 35 years experience
Warts: Yes , but be advised that co2 laser is surgery and requires local anesthesia. Talk to your podiatrist and try topical methods first and if they fail - don't be surprised if they do - then you can step up to laser or curetage.
Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology 32 years experience
Besides laser therapy there is: liquid nitrogen, bleomycin injections, candida injections, squaric acid treatments and others.
Dec 30, 2013

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