For most people, warts will eventually go away on their own, but it can take some time. Fortunately, treatment options for warts can speed up the process. Look for products like drops, gels, and pads with salicylic acid in them. These dissolve the protein, or keratin, which makes up the wart and its thick layer of dead skin. Podiatrists like Dr. Garey Weber can freeze off a wart using a liquid nitrogen spray. Medications like bleomycin can be injected into the wart to kill the virus, and cantharidin is a substance that—when applied—forms a blister over the wart, which will peel it off of the skin. In stubborn cases, laser surgery can use an intense beam of light to burn the wart.
If you are feeling self-conscious because of a wart, visit California Foot and Ankle Institute in Irvine or Victorville, CA, to make an appointment with Dr. Gary Weber or any of our other capable doctors. Call the Irvine office at (949)833-3406 or the Victorville office at (760) 951- 2000.