The best over-the-counter wart treatment is salicylic acid, which is available under a number of different brand names. The reason I recommend salicylic acid as the front-line treatment for wart removal is because it is effective at removing about 70% of all warts.
It is cheap and easy to find and doesn’t require a doctor’s visit, so that should be your first choice. I have three excellent wart removal products with salicylic acid in the comparison chart for you below, so take a look.
How to treat wart with salicylic acid
If you’ve never applied salicylic acid to a war before, it’s a relatively straightforward process but it will probably take a few applications to completely burn the wart off. If you buy one of the bandages that already have salicylic acid applied to them, all you have to do is put it on top of your wart and let it go to work. It’s that simple.
Most of the products come in a tiny bottle filled with the salicylic acid in liquid form. Just put the applicator into the bottle to get it wet, and then cover your wart with the salicylic acid. As it dries, it will harden and crystallize and you will feel a burning sensation as it burns away the skin on the wart.
It’s always a good idea to cover the wart with a Band-Aid or bandage to keep it protected from infection. This also helps to prevent the salicylic acid from being rubbed off accidentally, which would require you to reapply it again.
It’s going to take several treatments for the acid to burn through each layer of skin on the wart. You will want to using emery board to file down the skin after each application. It may be painful and might bleed a little bit, but that’s normal.
Some warts are stubborn, and will keep growing back over and over again no matter how many times you burn them off with salicylic acid. That’s when it’s time to go to the doctor. He has access to a process of burning off the wart with liquid nitrogen which is good for getting rid of even the most stubborn warts.
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