The goal of treatment in healthy children and adults is to remove the wart and stop the virus from spreading. This can be done with:
- Duct tape to cover the wart and a pumice stone to sand it down
- Over the counter or prescription wart remover medicine
- Cryotherapy—freezing the warts to kill the virus
- Laser treatment—using a laser to kill the virus and destroy wart tissue
This content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.
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