Wart Treatments

Sometimes warts disappear without any treatment. Otherwise, treatment depends on the type of wart and its location on the body. Treatment may include:

  • Cryotherapy (freezing): This kills the common warts by freezing them with liquid nitrogen. Multiple treatments may be required.
  • Electrodessication (burning): This process works for common, filiform and plantar warts.
  • Curettage (scraping): Often used in conjunction with electrosurgery, this is the process of scraping off the wart with a knife of spoon-like tool.
  • Excision (cutting): Your physician may need to cut out the wart.
  • Laser surgery: A narrow beam of intense light may work on warts that aren’t responding to other treatment.
  • Chemical peels: Daily application of medicine that causes the skin to peel off may be useful for groupings of flat warts.
  • Immunotherapy: Topical treatments can use your body’s immune system to kill the HP virus.


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American Academy of Dermatology*
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