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A 38-year-old member asked:

How do you get rid of plantar warts?

9 doctor answers11 doctors weighed in
Dr. Tsu-Yi Chuang
Dermatology 51 years experience
Many ways: That means there is no best way if there are many options. Most doctors would use liquid nitrogen "freeze". (only doctors would have this equipment.) you may try otc mediplast tape, high concentration salicylic acid, like over 15% liquid. Some doctors try expensivre laser treatment, but i don't think it's better than others.
Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology 33 years experience
Warts: Each night before going to bed soak a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar, apply it to the wart and then hold it in place with a band-aid. Leave it on all night, or if you like, 24 hours a day but change the soaked cotton and band-aid each evening for a week. The wart will swell and may throb as it reacts with the vinegar and then start to turn black within the first two days and in two weeks gone.
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 13 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. Joseph Newman
Podiatry 33 years experience
Seek a podiatrist: Plantars warts can be stubborn, and painful viral skin infections to treat. There are a lot of different treatment options, because no one way is best. They include medications and surgical options. Sometimes lasers are employed in treating them. Self care measures include use of duct tape over the warts, or use of over-the-counter medications. See a podiatrist if these measures don't work.
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 13 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. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 58 years experience
Most need no treatme: Most plantar warts do not require any treatment as they get better and resolve without treatment in couple of years. If these are symptomatic causing pain and dicomfort then you need treatment by your physician or podiatrist following therapies are used cryotherapy, that is freezing the wart with liquid nitrogen canthridin application with salicylic acid aldara cream immunotherapy laser rx/surgery.
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Dermatology 58 years experience
Various: Treatments destroy warts but not the wart virus! there are several topicals, both otc & prescription. There is freezing, burning, & cutting. None of these always successful. You can try using tape......Any kind......Duct tape sticks well....All day every day until the warts are gone: weeks to months. Many people think they have warts but really have callouses or scars. See a dermatologist if it b.
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 13 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. Ronald Oberman
Podiatry 32 years experience
Several ways: Topical medication, freezing, laser, surgical excision among other things.

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A 43-year-old member asked:

What can you do to get rid of plantar warts at home?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Arnold Beresh
Podiatry 42 years experience
Many things: There are many over the counter preparations that you can get at the pharmacy to try.
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A 38-year-old male asked:

Is there a home method to get rid of plantar warts?

3 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. David Miller
Dr. David Milleranswered
Family Medicine 11 years experience
Duct tape: Although studies have shown mixed results, duct tape has been useful for many people in getting rid of warts. Here's a web page that reports on two of the studies and describes several methods of wart removal with "the handy-man's secret weapon." http://www.Warts.Org/duct-tape-wart-removal.Html.
Dr. Bryan Levey
Dr. Bryan Levey commented
Pediatrics 28 years experience
Works even better when combined with a homeopathic preparation of thuja occidentalis.
May 25, 2012
A 42-year-old member asked:

Are there any very fast ways to get rid of some plantar warts?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Johnnie Alston
Podiatry 16 years experience
A couple : The fastest ways are to freeze them off or cut them out. Acid treatments are an option but slower.
A 34-year-old member asked:

What is the best way to get rid of plantar warts?

3 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Alan Ettinger
Podiatry 50 years experience
Many treatments: Topical medications, acids, laser, surgical removal no treatment is that much better than another.
A 37-year-old member asked:

What is the most effective treatment to get rid of plantar warts?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ronald Oberman
Podiatry 32 years experience
Surgical excision: Although far from the only treatment, seems to work best in my experience.

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