Can warts be safely removed without seeing a dermatologist?
Over-the-counter (OTC) medications containing salicylic acid are often effective in removing warts. These medications are usually a liquid that can be painted onto the wart, or a pad that is placed over the wart. An OTC device to freeze warts is also available.
Keeping a wart loosely covered with duct tape for many weeks may also help it to disappear, although this has never been proven to work. Any wart that does not respond to OTC treatments should be examined by a dermatologist. See: Warts
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Review Date: 12/11/2009
Reviewed By: Kevin Berman, MD, PhD, Atlanta Center for Dermatologic Disease, Atlanta, GA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
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