How can I safely get rid of warts?

You can find many recommendations online for wart treatment, but the safest, most effective way to eliminate a problem wart is with professional care.

There are wart removal kits available for purchase at stores and pharmacies, but the effectiveness of these products is fairly suspect. Additionally, they often rely on salicylic acid, which can harm the healthy skin surrounding the wart.

Some people advocate the use of the “duct tape method.” In this process, duct tape is used to cover the wart for a period of time, and then removed. At this point, an emery board or file is used before the wart is covered for another period.  This method however does not address the virus that is responsible for causing the wart and is rarely successful at eliminating the wart.

If you are attempting to eliminate a wart at home, we cannot emphasize enough you should not perform “home surgery” and try to cut it out on your own. This can potentially lead to an array of issues, and may cause an infection.

The best practice is to simply have our medical professionals at Foot & Ankle Associates of Florida remove the wart for you. We can do this safely and effectively, so call us at 407-339-7759 or 352-589-9550 (for Lake County residents) and request an appointment with any of our five Florida offices.