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Warts on the face and hands

Most people develop warts on their hands at some time in their life. They are harmless, and only matter because of their appearance – in fact, some children seem quite pleased with their warts. In the UK, family doctors treat 2 million patients for warts each year (Prescriber 2008 19(22):46-50 They seem to be most common between the ages of 12 and 16 years. 
There are two main types of warts on the hands or face.
  • The type that many people (especially children) have on their hands starts as a small, flesh-coloured pimple that grows slowly over weeks or months to become a rough, raised lump. They are often called ‘common warts’. If you look closely, you will see that the normal tiny lines of the skin (the lines that are used in fingerprints) do not cross the surface of the wart. You may also be able to see tiny black dots in the wart; these are blood capillaries.
  • Some warts remain as very small, flat bumps; this type often occurs in clusters on the face, neck and hands. There may be 20 –100 at any one time. In men, they are usually in the beard area, and in women they may occur on the legs.

The cause of warts

All warts are caused by a virus, human papillomavirus or HPV. It can take several months between catching the virus and a wart showing up. The virus causes overgrowth of cells at the base of the outer layer of the skin. Warts are entirely on the surface of the skin. They do not have deep roots that penetrate into the deep layers of the skin. Papillomavirus takes hold of damaged skin more easily, which is why warts are particularly common in children who bite their nails or pick at the skin round the nail. It also explains why warts tend to occur in the shaved beard area in men.

Folk remedies for warts

There is no scientific evidence that any of these remedies is effective. The reason people believe in them is because warts disappear by themselves
  • Tape the inner side of a broad bean pod over the wart.
  • Every day, rub the wart with a raw potato.
  • Squeeze radish juice onto the wart.
  • Squeeze dandelion sap onto the wart.
  • Mix castor oil into a paste with baking soda. Apply the paste twice a day.
  • Rub the wart with a piece of raw meat. Bury the meat in the garden. Wait for the wart to drop off as the meat rots.

What you can do about warts

It is important to be sure that what you are dealing with really is a wart. If you have even the slightest doubt, ask your doctor to have a look.
  • Something that looks like a wart, but which grows rapidly or does not go away with a remedy from the pharmacist, should definitely be checked by a doctor. There have been rare cases in which people have mistaken a skin cancer, such as a melanoma, for a wart and tried to treat it themselves.
  • Do not treat warts at the side of your fingernail by yourself, because you may damage the nail.
  • If you have warts on the genitals or round the anus, do not try the following remedies. Look at the section on genital warts for advice.

Doing nothing is one option, and is the sensible choice for young children, because wart treatment can be painful. Although some warts may last for years, this is unusual. Normally the body’s immune system will eventually recognize the wart and get rid of it. A wart has a 50% chance of disappearing within a month or two without treatment, and two-thirds will have gone within 2 years. This is the reason so many people are convinced that folk remedies work – the wart would probably have disappeared anyway. An advantage of doing nothing is that there will be no scarring after the wart has gone.
Duct tape is a simple method of treating warts on the hands. You can buy duct tape at a hardware store, or you can use any strong, sticky, waterproof tape. According to one study (Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine 2002;156:971–4), duct tape is as effective as other treatments, such as freezing.
  • Cut a piece of tape the same size as the wart and stick it on.
  • Leave it for 6 days, then remove it in the evening.
  • After removing the tape, soak your hand in warm water and then gently rub the wart with an emery board. Leave the tape off overnight and then apply a new piece for another 6 days.
  • If the skin under the tape becomes red and soggy, stop using the tape for a few days.
  • Continue this routine for 2 months.
In the study, 85% of the warts disappeared with this treatment and most did so within 4 weeks.
However, a more recent study in the same journal (Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine 2006;160:1121–5) gave a much lower success rate of only 16% after treatment with duct tape for 6 weeks. And another study has suggested that after duct tape treatment, a wart is more likely to reappear (Archives of Dermatology 2007;143:309–13).
Wart paint for hand warts. For hand warts, buy some wart paint from a pharmacy. Wart paints are not suitable for using on the face (or genital area), or if you are pregnant. Most contain salicylic acid; some also contain lactic acid. The acid does not attack the virus, but simply removes some of the warty tissue, so that the body’s natural recovery process has less to do. Therefore the result is very unpredictable. In one person, the wart may disappear in days, while an identical-looking wart in a different person may take weeks and weeks, so this treatment does need patience. Overall, salicylic acid wart paint cures about 75% of warts (British Medical Journal 2002;235:461–4).
  • The instructions will tell you to rub the wart with a pumice stone or an emery board before applying the paint. Do not overdo it – if you rub too hard, you may encourage spread of the virus onto nearby skin. In fact, this rubbing down needs to be done only twice a week, not every time you apply the paint.
  • Before applying the paint, soak the wart in warm water for 2 minutes; this will encourage the paint to penetrate the wart. Then dry it thoroughly using your own towel.
  • Then apply a tiny drop of the paint to the centre of the wart using a cocktail stick, matchstick or the applicator from the bottle. Take care to avoid getting the paint onto the skin nearby; you could protect the normal skin with Vaseline.
  • Allow the paint to dry and then cover it with a sticking plaster.
  • If the skin becomes sore, you have probably been rubbing it down too enthusiastically. Stop the treatment for a few days until the skin recovers.

Other types of wart paint or gel are worth trying if you have been using the salicylic acid wart paint for 3 months and the wart has not gone. Ask your pharmacist for glutaraldehyde (which may stain your skin brown) or formaldehyde paint or gel. However, some people are over-sensitive to these substances, so it might be better to ask your doctor for advice. Redness or itching around the wart may indicate an allergy to the treatment.

Silver nitrate (caustic) pencil is another possibility. In the UK, you can buy these pencils from pharmacies without a prescription. The silver nitrate gently burns the wart and therefore should be used carefully according to the directions on the packet. A study showed that three applications of silver nitrate, 3 days apart, had cleared 43% of warts 1 month later. Do not use silver nitrate on the face and do not use it more than six times on the hands. It can cause staining of the skin and clothes.
Freezing aerosol. An aerosol is available from pharmacies that works in a similar way to the liquid nitrogen used by doctors, but does not reach the very low temperatures that their equipment achieves. Only one application is used and you should follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Do not use it on your face. If you have dark skin, freezing may not be a good idea, because it can sometimes remove pigment from the skin, leaving a white patch.
Zinc sulphate supplements may help to clear warts in people who are deficient in zinc (British Journal of Dermatology 2002;146:423–31). However, zinc deficiency is rare in healthy people who eat meat, cereals and dairy products. Therefore zinc supplements are unlikely to help most people with warts.

What your doctor can do about warts

Freezing the wart with liquid nitrogen (also known as cryotherapy) can deal with warts on the face as well as on the hands. Some doctors are specially trained, and have the equipment to do this; otherwise, you can be referred to a hospital dermatology clinic. Freezing for a few seconds gives the wart frostbite. A blister may form under the wart, and then the roof of the blister, including the wart, falls off. It is painful and sometimes feels sore for several days after each treatment, so it is not suitable for children under the age of 10. You will probably need several treatments and, like all wart treatments, it is not always successful. In one study (published in the British Journal of Dermatology), several treatments over 12 weeks got rid of 45% of warts, and treatment every 3 weeks was just as effective as weekly treatments. Some research suggests that freezing is no more effective than wart paints.
Laser treatment with a ‘pulsed dye laser’ burns the tiny blood vessels within the wart. The wart dies and eventually falls off. It is not clear how effective this treatment is, because scientific studies have given contradictory results. The main side effect is loss of skin colour (loss of pigment). Scarring is minimal.
Other treatments, such as injecting the drug bleomycin into the wart, are sometimes used in hospital clinics. Laser treatment is another possibility, but it is not better than other treatments; there may be scarring and it is painful. Cutting the wart out might be appropriate for troublesome single warts, but is not a realistic option if you have several.
For more information, see Dr Phil Hammond's Expert Guide to Warts

Written by: Dr Margaret Stearn
Edited by: Dr Margaret Stearn
Last updated: Sunday, September 4th 2011


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Posted by SHS on 01/11/2016 at 02:20

I had viral warts on my forehead for along time and it started to spread to rest of my face.I went o doctor had a biopsy done etc but they only recommended Nitrogen freezing which would cause pigmentation. I know as i tried it on a small bit on a wart on my hand and it caused a boil and discoloration. 6 moths on its still not perfect. Anyhow i refused freezing on face and instead started following the below steps and 4-6 weeks later all gone. I am no expert but I would REALLY recommend these basic simple steps to follow for few weeks before going for clinical mine cost £1300 and yielded literally no result. They worked for me and if not cure you they wont harm you either. 1. NO touching/scratching face unnecessarily. Wash hand regularly through the day. as you might touch unknowingly 2. Use a neutral alcohol free face wash twice a day and NO face scrubs 3. Apply 100% no alcohol Aloe vera gel after washing face 4. Follow a healthy diet with lots of vitamins as they increase immune system against the virus that causes wart.

Posted by sianb on 21/04/2015 at 07:59

hi i have a wart on my knee cap and i have just used bazuka gel i have only done one treatment but part of the wart looks as if its about to come off but this is only half of the wart. what do i do?

Posted by ms.tashara on 20/08/2014 at 02:44

For all of you with hand, feet, arm, leg and any part besides ones on your face you can use Dr.scholls wart remover it turn the part immediately after use a colliflower color cover with band aid and in a week or less you should see results good luck it worked for me and i literally hand warts every where hands legs back and arms i did it all at the same time and the treatment came with enough for all 12 of them

Posted by Ouch on 25/12/2013 at 03:36

So i've had this wart for years. Finally one day at work i picked at it, and it started coming up, like the whole root underneath is started coming up too. i'm trying to pull it out day by day but the pain and blood associated with is is unbearable at times, even when I'm drinking. i figure in a few more sessions I should have it out, but holy crap it is one of the worst pains that I have felt in my life.

Posted by Mother Smart on 17/11/2013 at 11:46

My Son had Warts on his hands and elbows - I read that Nail Varnish applied to the Warts and covered with a plaster would rid him of these. (Mother got the Nail Varnish (clear) and the plasters - as I knew if i'd left it to him, he would not bother). As I left his house his words to his Girlfriend were 'O another of Mothers old wives tales' HE WAS WART FREE WITHIN 6 WEEKS. 4months on and no return

Posted by Optional on 22/10/2013 at 03:45

my warts are now gone.....i used Duofilm,go to a pharmacy u will get it! :)

Posted by Optional on 17/10/2013 at 12:58

Hello! I'm a 15 year old student. I have a wart on my cheek. It is slightly inflated and is brownish black. The texture is slightly rough. It started a a very tiny dot and I kept scratching it till it became quite big :( Anyway, this is cause by the HPV virus and can spread. Smaller similar such daughter warts appeared around it. Viruses like any organism requires air to live. So to kill it is like depriving a human of oxygen. The body is slightly basic and so the virus lives in a basic environment. so deprive it of what it needs! DO NOT SCRATCH IT. it spreads. 1. So, simply take a cotton ball about the size of the wart and dip it in apple cider vinegar. 2. Place it over the wart and bandage it. Leave it over night The ACV creates a very harsh acidic environment that the virus can't stand, you're killing it slowly and at a cellular level. This takes TIME. almost 4 weeks, you must do it everyday! But it is very efficient and it will kill the virus. Also, keep your face clean and don't touch your face too much, you'll spread the virus to god awful places! When the treatment it done, continue for a few more days, so that it can't come back. Insurance and all :) Hope this helped :D

Posted by Anonymous on 07/10/2013 at 07:57

Hello im a 17 year old kid who desperately needs help i have a wart at both sides of my thumb joint and it keeps on getting bigger i feel no such pains though it is totally numb and rough like surface it has been there couple of years ago now, i have no idea what to do in fact im nt even sure if it is a wart it does look alike i have nt visited a doctor yet so any kind of help woul be appreciated . Thanks alott

Posted by Ann on 24/07/2013 at 03:45

Sunlight did the job for me. I had a few on my heel, which I've had for quite a time, I think 3 years. I just enjoyed the sun in my backyard over the last few last weeks and suddenly noticed they're all gone now. I didn't do anything else about them, so quite an easy way to get rid of them! :-)

Posted by ERIC on 14/07/2013 at 07:13

I am 26 year Old Male and have warts on my beards from past 1 year and I am taking treatment but Its not working.The doctor always put some chemical on that and they dried up in 2 days and after a week again warts at near by area.I always have 20-50 small-small warts on beards and every week doctor does that.Side by side I have started Homeopathy treatment too & Homeopathy doctor said I will get rid of warts in 4-5 months.

Posted by Optional on 19/04/2013 at 09:03

I have got 5 identical warts in my face.I am taking homeopathy last 2 months but no results as of now.Doc is still confident that it will disappear but i have lost my confidence.If any effective remedy knows by any one for my warts on face please help me out.

Posted by Happy on 08/04/2013 at 08:28

I had warts on my hand as a young teen which really bothered me and on occasion were sore/painful, they were burned, and frozen at docs, I tried bazuca cream and many other 'remidies'. They disappeared many months after these various treatments, whilst on a sunny holiday, playing in the sea and using tea tree oil directly on each wart. I've also had one in my nostril-on the outer skin, uncomfortable and referred to as my 10year 'bogie'! There aren't many available treatments due to its location!! I have been on holiday for the past 6 weeks In Australia, I have been in and out of ocean a bit, had a lot of sun and it has gone!!! I can take my name off the list for surgical removal now which is great!! and my belief is the sun and sea air has been my cure!!

Posted by Optional on 20/03/2013 at 10:07

my son has over 40 warts on his hands. He has been getting treatment every 3 weeks since november, but no luck. He works in fast food & today he was asked to wear gloves by a customer. this is so embarassing. any sugestions? desperate mother

Posted by A Mother on 19/02/2013 at 12:40

When I was a child i had planter warts on the soles of my feet A Doctor put me on Chocolate flavored calcium chews which got rid of them I all so gave Chocolate flavored calcium chews 2 my children when they had a wart. Hope this helps.

Posted by Optional on 15/02/2013 at 04:59

I used caustic pencil and it stained the skin around the wart should I worry? Rose K

Posted by worried mom on 02/09/2012 at 11:44

hi my eight year old son has had a wart in the middle of his top lip for some time, it makes him very self conscious please anyone have any suggestions

Posted by Rozy on 31/07/2012 at 07:47

i have a persistent wart on my leg how do i cure it

Posted by Stephanie on 03/07/2012 at 08:09

My 6year old son has a wart on this fore head and finger for like a year now... It started out tiny and flat now it's round and big, big as a pencil eraser I don't know what to do I seen today that there is another one growing ..I'm in freak out mode he starts the first grade in August and I don't want my boy getting picked on I tryed every over the counter freez off things and did allll the treatments that were in there and not even a dent. I'm cosidering the apple cider remedy but I don't know if I should because I've been reading that it if very painful so I' am now just seeking advice from you all that have success in getting rid of them.....thanks lots...

Posted by Jason on 08/02/2012 at 05:48

I woke up one morning with a pimple in the right corner of my mouth, it popped an now I'm stuck with a callus like bump, it dries when I'm sleep, when I go about my day it turns white, looking as if I have something in the corner of my mouth. My only alternative is to remove it by laser treatment, if there is any advice, please feel free to share. Thank You.

Posted by Optional on 07/02/2012 at 02:59

I discovered i had genital wart feb. 2011from my ex-boyfriend and i was too ignorant of it but i took some injections and antibiotic. right now im so ashamed of myself and i dont know whot to do now because my recent boyfriend will want to play with vagina,i ll be closing my legs and also i think i have transmitted it 2 him. i need total eradication of it 4 d both of us Please i need help.thanks

Posted by NO MORE WARTS on 07/08/2011 at 02:02


Posted by Anil on 18/10/2010 at 05:20

For skin warts homeopathy offers a very potent solution in for of Thuja, A trained homeopath can treat this problem and it takes ant thing between one month to two months of time. When the medicine taken regularly warts just fall off without any scars etc. I have tried it and found to be the only solution. As I had undergone electro-cortroise but result was another thirty warts and thereafter a treatment of homeopathy helped getting rid of these warts.

Posted by Optional on 03/10/2010 at 03:35

i have this skin problem in my right thumb of my hand, looks like callus overgrowth, flat rounded,thick and painful when outer layer even affect my fingerprints. hope you can help me...thanks

Posted by Optional on 03/07/2010 at 02:29

I have 3 warts on my fingers, which I hate!I sometimes wear a plaster to hide them when going out? Tried all sorts, wartner, bazuka, even some natural remedy from America which cost a fortune?? Now trying the duct tape - hope it works!!

Posted by Shazad Hussain on 05/05/2010 at 09:32

I Have stumbled across a possible cure, Painless and very cheap. I Came across the remedy by accident. I had Athletes foot when I noticed I had a wart on one of my fingers. I was using Lamisal cream to treat the Athletes foot. One of the side effects of the lamisal was to get rid of the wart, it just went hard and fell off after a week or so. I've tried it once more on myself and a recomended it a few times to people I know and it has worked every time. I didn't realise no one knew about it. Good luck and I hope it helps... just apply a little bit of cream on affected area once a day for a week or so and it should resolve the problem.

Posted by please help on 24/04/2010 at 11:58

please help me i have a wart on the bottom of my thumb and i am thinking of using raw potato but i dont know how long to do it please help me.

Posted by Optional on 26/02/2010 at 10:02

I've had warts on my hands for several years, probably at least 6 years. I went to doctor to have some removed, but hurt like heck and didn't remove them. Tried apple cider vinegar, but that method is so painful and it stinks. I have been putting clear nail polish on with a q-tip once a day for the past 2 weeks. After a couple of days they shrunk considerbaly and are almost gone. You can't see the polish and it stays on really well when washing your hands. Also it's cheap and it doesn't hurt at all!!!!

Posted by bennyboy40 on 09/02/2010 at 01:21

My daughter has been embarassed for about four years with common warts on her hands and she has tried everything from banana peel,duct tape, freezing aerosols, wart paint, creams, zinc tablets and other herbal remedies and her warts are progressively worse than ever. What can she do

Posted by Anonymous on 07/02/2010 at 10:16

My 10 year old daughter has a wart in the corner of her mouth, the doctor has booked her in to freeze it off with liquid nitrogen. He seems to think it wont hurt just feel very cold. Hope he is right!!!

Posted by Anonymous on 05/02/2010 at 09:14


Posted by Anonymous on 31/01/2010 at 03:25

I put nail polish remover on my plantar wart and let it dry. I then put duct tape on the wart. I left the duct tape on for 24 hours and then removed it. I applied nail polish remover again, let it dry, and put more duct tape on. I repeated this for three days and the wart fell off!

Posted by Mayse Holmes on 30/01/2010 at 01:42

Mayse seems to have Flat warts on her face and arm. She has has had them now for the past two months. She was only diagnosed a couple of weeks ago when she was hospitalised for a UTI. They seemed to have disappeared whist on antibiotics, but they have come back twice as bad now. They do not seem to be affecting her health wise but they do look very sore (red in colour) and not to mention ugly as they are mostly on her face. Because of her age is there anything I can use to help her rid of the warts for good? Many thanks, Mayse's Mum

Posted by Anonymous on 12/01/2010 at 07:44

Use duct tape to cover the wart and surrounding skin. Be patient. This will take several weeks but the wart will be killed from lack of oxygen and new skin will appear from underneath. No scaring. Painless. Have patience. It works.

Posted by annie taylor on 11/01/2010 at 11:06

I have had plantar warts on my feet for the past 15 years. I tried paints without success. Three years ago I chose to go through six monthly (extremely painful) freezing treatments, I was so desperate to be rid of them. Initially the treatment appeared to be successful but within two months the warts were back with a vengeance. Where once there had been three to five warts on each foot, now there were fifteen! I carried on occasionally painting them with salicylic acid but resigned to living with them for ever. Then two months ago I noticed that they appeared to be shrinking. Within six weeks they had totally disappeared. I can have pedicures again! I have no idea why this happened. Maybe my immune system finally kicked into gear. But I report this to encourage other long-term sufferers, never despair!

Posted by amy157 on 11/01/2010 at 01:52

i have 5 warts on my hands, except one is like a massive cluster of them at the back of my thumb nail. i am so embarrased of these and i and always sitting on my hands or hiding them. now i am growing two small warts below my lip.. i have tried the paint and it doesnt work, one of them has also been ripped off and it came back double its size. my mum always says she will take me to the doctor but never does.people always comment and ive become really embarrased :(

Posted by louise kennedy on 29/12/2009 at 12:36

my eight year old daughther has warts around her fingers on both hands ive tryed nearly everything and they are still there i just dont know what to do can some one help please

Posted by Anonymous on 18/12/2009 at 05:43

Hi Pictures with these articles will be of great help. Regards Mark

Posted by Paul on 28/11/2009 at 02:20

Regarding my post on 03/09/09 (see below), i am glad to say that my wart has totally gone! I was using salicylic acid on it initially but it kind of grew very raised and then sort of 'erupted' looking like a mini volcano. Stopped using the acid at this point as it stung the open wound. Went to g.p. who burnt it for me, don't think that did anything other than char the surface though as i felt no pain at all. Put up with soreness and discomfort for a few more weeks, keeping it dry as possible (regularly changing plaster and wearing gloves when washing up!)then it appeared to sprout tiny 'fingers' then it bled when i caught it on a pocket, scabbed over and fell off! I think i had the wart for about 4 months from start to finish and am so glad it has gone now. I fully sympathise with those of you who still have them and hope yours go soon as well. Good luck, hang in there!

Posted by lily gibson on 10/10/2009 at 05:53

lily has warts on her hands and fingers she has been going for treatment every 2 weeks with her gp nothing has happend she is getting embarrased now what can we do about it

Posted by Diane on 04/10/2009 at 11:54

My daughter has had warts on her hands for well over 2 years. We tried the wart paint which didn't work so resorted to the doctor freezing them. After 3 attempts to freeze them the warts were still there. She is only 11 so felt that she couldn't go through the liquid nitrogen again. She had approx 15 warts over both hands. Since the outbreak of swine flu she has been using Neutrogena non rinse antibacterial handwash 3 times a day and within a week most of the warts have disappeared.

Posted by micheal on 21/09/2009 at 08:11

ohhhhh well warts if u use liquid nitrogen can take over 2 weeks to fall off but mine jst took 2 days i guess some r lucky and aome arent

Posted by Anonymous on 11/09/2009 at 04:43

I had two or three warts as a teenager. They were under my toes, so I didn't do anything. I grew about 10 cm during that time and had all sorts of other problems (ear, eye infections etc). The warts disappeared when I was about 18. When my daughter was a baby she just wouldn't sleep. The warts on my feet returned. The dermatologist told me it was my immune system. He said that warts usually appear when the immune system is low (especially when children are growing fast). He was probably right because they vanished within a couple of weeks once my daughter started sleeping through and I had had some decent sleep. They haven't returned.

Posted by Paul on 03/09/2009 at 08:31

When i was 18 i was unlucky to get genital warts but only round my anus. They itched and oozed a little fluid. These followed a case of gonhorrea which my doctor said sometimes go together. He prescribed me podophillin, a liquid i applied by cotton bud on a weekly basis. Can't remember how long it took for them to clear up but i think that stuff burnt the surrounding skin and caused years of discomfort afterwards. Am still sensitive in that region and feel like the skin is very thin. They never came back though, but now 20years later i have one on my finger! Probably not directly related but am treating with salicylic gel, hoping it will go for good soon.

Posted by Simz on 26/08/2009 at 12:25

I have had warts since a very young age. They started on my foot, had them frozen and burnt of several times, but they just grew back. I now have "clusters" of warts on my knees, upper thighs, arms and face. I went to 3 dermotologists, nothing helped. The last one said that if he froze a few my body would pick the virus up and fight it. Nothing happened. I am now trying 35% peroxide. Have only been using it for 2 days but no results yet. I am DESPERATE to get rid of them! I had one big one, on my finger, I used Bazuka on it and it has gone with no scaring. Tried it on my face, took one or to away but they growing back. Will try the apple cider vinegar route.

Posted by ccjhernandez on 19/08/2009 at 04:51

I have tried many wart treatments including the freezing aerosol and salicylic acid patches, but what I have found most effective is apple cider vinegar. I moisten a small piece of a cottton ball with the vinegar and use a band aid(changing as needed) to keep it in place and my warts are gone within a couple of weeks(usually one week or less) Hope this helps!

Posted by irena on 14/08/2009 at 09:46

I had a wart on my cheek,iused a caustic pencil and now i have a ugly black scar I used the pencil successfully before ,help please !!

Posted by Anonymous on 03/08/2009 at 03:57

My daughter is a 14 year old teenager, quite pretty, but has had either a piece of skin or a wart hanging from her right nostril for over a year, doctor says it will fall off, but its the first thing you see when looking at her, any ideas??

Posted by nelly on 19/07/2009 at 10:09


Posted by Z on 18/07/2009 at 01:10

For home remedies, nothing works faster than ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar), organic, naturally fermented with 'mother' in it. I developed flat wart right under my lower lip. I have been applying ACV every night, putting cotton ball on it and taping it with band-aids. Withing days, it has been crusted and dried. Now i am juat waiting for second layer of sking to dry and fall off. Google 'Apple Cider Vinegar, warts' and see for yourself.

Posted by Anonymous on 08/07/2009 at 03:32

I had a plantar's wart on my foot and could not get rid of it. Someone told me about putting duct tape on warts as described on this website. I don't remember exactly how long it took, but it caused the seeds to disburse and . . . no more wart. Great discovery. I highly suggest you try it out.

Posted by Anonymous on 07/07/2009 at 06:58

Had one on my face recently. Definitely spread it when shaving. DO NOT re-use a razor, or pick them because it will just spread them.

Posted by unknown on 05/07/2009 at 02:06

I have a wart on my finger I have had it for 5 months and still wont go ive used treaments for warts off my doctor and does not seem to go ?

Posted by wart-man on 02/07/2009 at 09:37

I have some warts on my hands. How to avoid them spreading from hands to face? and also to family members.

Posted by Anonymous on 29/06/2009 at 06:20

would like to know why when looking for information on warts WHY is it that I can't really find pictures of them so that I may I can compare what is on my finger before I start to treat it as one.

Posted by Anonymous on 20/06/2009 at 11:17

I have warts in my face, specially in the shaving area. It is frustating. I have freezed them several times but they keep on coming back. Now, I'm using ALDARA CREAM 6 days per week, it seems to be working very well. It takes weeks before you start seen it's effects. It boostes your inmune system to fight this ugly things!. Be aware of the side effects, including joint pain in your feet, knees, toes and hands. In the begining, I thought I was developing arthitis since the pain can become severe to the point of making it dificult to walk or even opening a jar with your hands. I reduced the frecuency of the use of the cream to reduce this side effect. It is all worthed!, any thing to get rid of these ugly warts. Ah, almost forgot, never use a razor blade more than once!!!, to avoid further spreding.

Posted by Girl on 19/06/2009 at 01:16

This is gross, but I use to have 3 warts on my toes. How I got rid of them? Easy, just pee on them. I know that sounds disgusting, but it actually worked. So now, I don't have three ugly warts on my toes.

Posted by Anonymous on 19/06/2009 at 12:15

Hi, I had about 11 warts on my hand, and they was knocking my self confidence big time, the doctors wudnt do nething about it apart from freeze them! what a let down the nhs is they cando nething else ! i wanted them cut out , i didnt care about scars but wudnt do nothing ! so i took it into my own hands, i had laser treatment it cost me 500 pounds ! they injet every wart a couple of times to numb the area, thats the only bit that hurt, then they get the laser and lietrally burn the wart away ,it takes a couple of weeks to heal, but i just have little pink marks at the minute... but thye are looking so much better... just gota wait for new skin to grow and hopefully they do not come back at all! i had these warts for ova 10 years and it was very depressing ! they just beta stay away! did anyone see the embaressing bodies programme? with the little girl with verrucas on her feet.. they were really bad, and she has to have a bone marrow because they found that she had a defiency in her immune system ... makes you wonder dosent it thanks jx

Posted by Sora911 on 15/06/2009 at 09:11

I had a wart for nearly a year on the tip of my thumb on my left hand. I was very embrassed that i wore a Band-aid everyday to not let anyone see it. It was a bit big for me. That acid Didn't work for me. Then i finally got the Dr.Scholls Freeze something. First 4 tries nothing happened. Reread the paper and found out it needs to freeze the wart to its core Without leading to internal vains. Felt the freeze to the core and it fell of later on! Recommend.

Posted by Nathan on 11/06/2009 at 11:50

I have 12 warts and I have tried most treatments and none work for me. Is there actually a CURE for this or do i just keep having to have them frozen off (26 so far), because it is highly painful and takes time. Thanks Nath

Posted by Ells on 09/06/2009 at 01:08

I've tried wartner and it does not work. The docter told me to use it so I did. Making a docs appoitment again today. I have a giant one on the side of a nail. But I dont bite the skin my skin on my nails just break. Its getting bigger and i scratched it the other day and it bled for a long time. I wont it gone as i have prom soon and am having my nails done i dont wont to worry about not showing them of because of it. my friends are noticing it now and I think i have the start of a new one. My sister had them on her feet but went to the GP they lasered them of and now there all gone I hope it works for me.

Posted by Anonymous on 02/06/2009 at 11:14

I dont know how I got these damn warts, 3 quite large on one finger, one on my other palm and on a finger aswell. Tried freezing, paint job but nothing works. Thanks for advice about filing, I have been filing every day and they are spreading very slowly, will stop doing it from now on - only once a week. Thinking about laser treatment - has anyone had good results??

Posted by Anonymous on 28/05/2009 at 05:29

My daughter is 6 and she has these little warts that are clustered together on her nose and under her nose, she even has some in her nose and a few on her cheeks. The doctor first gave her retin A and all that did was dry out her skin so bad she couldnt stand it. Now she is on Aldara and we use it everyday but we have been using it for about two months and there is still no change. What do I do?

Posted by .. on 15/05/2009 at 08:31

i have a wart on the top side of my hand. It makes me really paronoid and slef- concious, especially when i'm writing at school because it becomes quite visable. I'd really like to get rid of it asap. Which of these remedies kills it of the quickest? - I've also heard bananna peel placed on the wart overnight for 2-4 weeks can also help demolish a wart on the hand or foot. Might give this a go.

Posted by Eleni on 12/05/2009 at 04:16

I have three warts for over a year. Two are large and on aadjacent fingers and the other a collection of warts on the back of the fingers. Now more small pimples are appearing and I am afraid of being covered with the critters. Over the counter remedies have not worked and my doctor just says wait. Help please

Posted by JIMBO on 25/04/2009 at 02:25

iv had this thing on the back of my neck and my barber says its a wart. small miniscule lump but its embarrassing when people look at it because its obvious. scared to get treatment. i sometimes use my nails to pinch it off and it bleeds loads the heals back to this wart again! very scared!!!

Posted by Anonymous on 22/04/2009 at 09:02

I had a wart removed today in my gp. i had it for about 4 months and i tried a load of stuff to get rid of it but it just got biggger. with in 15 mins of going to my gp it was gone! i had local anesthetic in my finger (where the wart was) and had it scraped out then sealed with silver nitrate. didnt feel a thing! i feel it now tho....

Posted by Anonymous on 22/04/2009 at 12:26

i had a wart on my thumb and i wore a bandaid on it for a long time and it eventually went away and there is no scar or anything like freezing or burning them off leave. you cant tell i ever had it.

Posted by susie on 16/04/2009 at 12:02

Iwent to the doctors today as i have a wart on my face he has referred me to the hospital to have removed IM scared

Posted by Anonymous on 11/04/2009 at 12:41

I have 20+ warts on my hands. I had my first wart when I was about 10 or so and it stayed with me for what felt like several years and then disappeared. About 2 yers ago, one appeared again and from that one, I know how in excess of 20 and if you count the warts grouping together, its probably more like 40. Doctors told me they will go away, but since then i've gained another 10 or so! Tried apple cider vinegar which failed, some acid solution the doctor gave me failed too and only brought my arm up in a rash! I'll probably have 100 within a year and wont be able to see my hands....Superb!

Posted by Manda on 07/04/2009 at 11:59

I'm 15 and when i was about 11 or so I had this weird lump in the centre of my hand so i scratched it off ( I don't know why I did, but I did), but soon after that I got it again, a friend saw and said just cut it off and it won't come back, so I did that..and now I have this ugly white and red spot dead centre on my hand, and when it gets wet it like expands and goes all white and has like a indent in it or something, I don't know, but its ugly...I was wondering if anyone had any idea's how to fix this?

Posted by Anonymous on 01/04/2009 at 06:08

hi i have got 6 warts on one of my hands and they are really annoying me because i feel less confident going out with my friends, they ae small and have a hard surface on them do you know how i can treat this?

Posted by Grace on 01/04/2009 at 09:02

I have been using apple cider vinegar for the past 4 nights on 2 warts on my index finger and thumb. They are very painful and have turned black. I have had flu like symtpons each night and wonder if this is the virus that causes hpv being released from my system.

Posted by jessica on 28/03/2009 at 06:15

i had three times laser warts removal from my face (7)and after healing wounds all my warts is coming back in same size and shape.What I can do next to get rid of ugly face warts?

Posted by prima on 18/03/2009 at 03:28

i have an ugly wart on my face and i have been using the caustic pencil and i have not yielded effective results.

Posted by disgusted on 16/03/2009 at 08:22

I absolutely hate my hand warts. Im 15 and as you can imagine and extremmmmely self concious of them and hide them under plasters most of the time, ive been to freeze them a couple of times but theyre spreading :(:( my nans tried to get me to try that meat thing lol :s ah well, will keep trying :)

Posted by alicia on 05/03/2009 at 12:10

I was reading a Medical Encyclopedia in school many years ago and read that if you put pineapple on the wart it will go away. I had a cluster of large warts on my knee so I was willing to try anything (they had all developed at different times and had been there for almost 2 years with no sign of leaving!) So when my mom bought a fresh pineapple and cut it up, I used the leftover rinds (which still had some pineapple left on it) and duck taped it to my knee overnight. The next morning, the warts seemed shriveled and they disappeared (all 10 of so of them) at the same time in a few days! There is no proof to these "home remedies" but honestly, it worked for me, so why not give it a try? My embarassing problem was gone in a matter of days! :) Good luck!

Posted by ear wart on 02/03/2009 at 11:22

is this a common problem

Posted by Frustrated on 01/03/2009 at 02:46

I have many warts growing on my fingers. I hate them. My untidy father had a lot of them and refuse to see a doctor for the problem. His careless attitude helps the spread of the virus at home. That's why all of my family members now have warts on hand. I care about my dad, but he is acting so irresponsible. I am so frustrated.

Posted by Nicole on 26/02/2009 at 06:28

I had a wart on my finger when I was very young. My family went out to the park one day and I decided to go down the slide. I was young so I didn't think about the sun beaming directly on it. I went down it and held my hands on the side and it just about burnt my hands and butt it was so hot. I noticed my wart went away and I haven't had any since as I am now 24. I don't know if burning them off would work for someone that has several though.

Posted by gabrielle scott on 18/02/2009 at 09:10

my daughter has,warts all over her fingers,shes had them for about 3years,thev now gotten bigger&have joined,i have takin her to our local gp a number of times,nd have just said they should drop off..but they seem to have grown&spread,i have tried many leading brands of wart remover,as she is only nine she ont like thease treatments,our gp have said they no longer freeze them anymore!what do i do?

Posted by marsha on 18/02/2009 at 05:36

i have warts on myface alot i must say

Posted by Craig on 09/02/2009 at 01:33

I had 1 wart on my hand when i was about 12 and i shaved it off in the bath, didnt have any more after that!

Posted by Nicole on 14/01/2009 at 08:25

I have warts on my hands. I have had them for about 1 and a bit years. I am so scared what my mates are going to so and I hide my hands all of the time. I have been to the Doctars 9 times to get them treated. They all come back. I have been using Tee Tree Oil and Wartner (You freeze them at home) and they seem to be keeping the smaller warts small but they can't seem to treat the larger ones. They don't get any bigger, but then they can't shrink as much. They get smaller a little part at a time. At least they are getting smaller! As soon as I see a new wart appering, then I treat it. At the moment I have been using Tee Tree twice a week and then using Wartner every 2 weeks. I was wondering if there was any other information about how to get rid of them. I am only a teenager and I hate them to bits! I want to get rid of them so bad! Your website has been a huge help and has helped me realise a lot more about me and my family of warts! Thank You!


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