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Does 70% alcohol sanitize enough to kill the wart (on hands) virus enough to no longer spread on a dry surface ?

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Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine 29 years experience
No: The wart virus is very tough to sanitize. Disinfectants like Lysol (60% alcohol) do not contain a high enough % alcohol to sanitize the HPV virus which causes warts. Exposure to 90% ethanol for at least 1 minute can disinfect the virus. The best way to prevent spread is to keep the wart covered with a bandage. I hope this helps!

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Last updated Jul 25, 2020

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