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Dr. David Hettinger
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Verruca (Definition)

A descriptive term referring to any elevated serrated epidermal lesion. Specifically, Verruca vulgaris which is caused by the human papilloma virus of ...Read more


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What is the best way to get rid of a small white looking wart on my finger? Will over-the-counter topical medicine work? Is it contagious?

Possibly anything: If your lesion is a wart, most anything may help. You can cut, burn, freeze and bite them off. You can wish it away or sell it. We colored a wart with flourescent dye and took him in a closet with a blacklight. We said some magic words and the wart was gone at 2 week follow up. Try using a nail file daily followed by compound w. ...Read more

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Could there be a good over-the-counter wart creme?

Could there be a good over-the-counter wart creme?

Acids....: There are a number of otc acid preparations - look for the solution that has the highest concentration of salicylic acid and try that with daily scraping of the area. ...Read more

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What are some good over-the-counter wart removers?

What are some good over-the-counter wart removers?

None: There really aren't any. You should see your doctor. After-which..He can prescribe podofilox, Imiquimod or sinecatechin topically. I'm assuming your talking about genital warts? ...Read more

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Are over-the-counter wart removers safe for small children?

Are over-the-counter wart removers safe for small children?

Yes: But be careful because they burn when they get on your skin. Over the counter wart remover solutions are usually salicylic acid solutions. You can put vaseline on the good skin around the wart to keep the salicylic acid away. Covering the wart (after applying medicine) helps. Multiple treatments are usually necessary depending on the size of the wart. ...Read more

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What is the best over-the-counter wart treatment?

What is the best over-the-counter wart treatment?

Aspirin: Aspirin can be made into an over the counter wart treatment inexpensively by soaking Aspirin on water and making it into paste and applying it to wart. Cover with duct tape amd this will peel amd macerate the wart without pain. It will gradually peel away. ...Read more

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Can I use over-the-counter wart medication to treat genital warts?

Can I use over-the-counter wart medication to treat genital warts?

No: Because the skin of the genitals is thinner and more sensitive than that on the hands or feet, using over the counter wart treatments is not recommended for genital warts. ...Read more

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Can you use the over the counter "wart remover" to do cryotherapy, or does it need to be done by a physician? Thank you

Can you use the over the counter "wart remover" to do cryotherapy, or does it need to be done by a physician?  Thank you

Just do it.: The reason it's allowed to be over the counter is because testing has shown that a typical consumer has the ability to use it safely and effectively. Now get out there and give it a try. ...Read more

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What do I do about the hole in my foot where a wart used to be? I have used some over-the-counter wart removers within the past week, and they caused the skin around my warts to become dead. Tonight, i was using a tweezer to remove the dead skin, and acci

What do I do about the hole in my foot where a wart used to be? I have used some over-the-counter wart removers within the past week, and they caused the skin around my warts to become dead. Tonight, i was using a tweezer to remove the dead skin, and acci

Most : Most likely, if the wart is still in the area, it will regrow and fill in the hole. I would recommend you see a dermatologist for further diagnosis and treatment options. Read more about wart treatment options at the link below. I hope that helps! ...Read more

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What over-the-counter medications can cure plantar warts?

What over-the-counter medications can cure plantar warts?

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. ...Read more

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I have had anal warts since 2010. Can i get an over-the-counter medication or is the only option to see a doc?

I have had anal warts since 2010. Can i get an over-the-counter medication or is the only option to see a doc?

No OTC: Med will work. See a doctor. Probably a colon and rectal surgeon is the best choice. Long standing warts untreated can convert to a cancer. Treat early. ...Read more

Dr. Arnold Beresh
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Warts (Definition)

Wart = benign skin growth ...Read more