What is a wart?
A wart is a benign (non-cancerous) growth on the skin or mucous membranes, caused by infection with a virus called the Human Papillomavirus (HPV).
The HPV virus gains access to the epidermis (outermost layer of skin) through small scratches in your skin. Once there, the virus makes cells in your epidermis grow to form a mass of new cells. This new mass of cells is called a wart.
Some warts can be located on the skin itself (e.g. common warts, plantar warts, or flat warts), while others form on mucous membranes (e.g. genital warts).
What does a wart look like?
Our customers frequently ask, “What do warts look like?” Warts obscure the normal skin lines when they form, but skin lines are visible again after a wart is successfully treated.
If you are uncertain about the diagnosis of a bump, see your doctor.
Identifying Common Warts
Identifying Plantar Warts
Can I stop my child’s wart from spreading?
It can be difficult to keep warts from spreading. Ideally warts should not be touched, and children who pick at their wart may cause the wart to spread. If your child is picking at a wart, this is a good indication for treatment. In this circumstance, selecting a treatment that involves covering the wart to discourage touching the wart is ideal. Nail biting should also be discouraged since it can result in warts around the nail bed called periungul warts.
Is WartStick® Safe to Use?
Yes, WartStick® has been safely used by millions of people for decades to painlessly remove warts. When used as directed, it is safe to use on adults and older children.
Can it be used on any type of wart?
WartStick® is for use only on Common and Plantar Warts.
WartStick® should not be used on Flat or Genital warts.
Warts on Fingers (Common Warts)
Nobody wants to extend a friendly handshake only to have the recipient see an ugly wart, nor would you want to pass the HPV to someone else through touch. Eradicating warts on fingers becomes a priority for many patients.
The first assault on a finger wart is often salicylic acid, a topical compound readily available over the counter. Part of the aspirin family, salicylic acid helps remove the cells that make up the wart (it does not treat the HPV specifically, though). Studies show that salicylic acid is one of the most effective treatments. Other over the counter treatments such as freezing are also available, but all treatments have pros and cons.
Warts on Feet (Plantar Warts)
With summer already here, you’re seeing more bare feet, sandals and flip-flops on the beach, around the house, and even in the workplace. That’s why summer is prime wart season for feet and toes – the increased exposure to dirty surfaces causes skin nicks and scratches that can pick up HPV. Though they can be painful and annoying, foot warts are not generally dangerous. Common warts can appear on the top of the feet and toes, and can be uncomfortable at the point of contact with shoes. Plantar warts occur on the sole (bottom surface) of the foot, and are sometimes painful when walking.
Preventing warts on feet involves keeping your feet as dry, clean, and avoiding nicks and scrapes, even during the rush of summer activity.
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- Wash affected area.
- If desired, soak in warm water up to 5 minutes.
- Dry area thoroughly.
- Apply a thin layer of wart remover to wart or a bandage.
- Cover affected area with the bandage.
- Repeat procedure every 24 to 48 hours until wart is removed (for up to 12 weeks).
- Avoid getting WartStick® on normal skin surrounding the wart.
- A nail file, pumice stone, or clean washcloth can be used to remove the softened layers of the wart between applications of Wart Stick. Do not use this stone, file, or cloth on other areas, as that will spread the virus.
For external use only
- Do not use this product on irritated skin, on any area that is infected or reddened, if you are a diabetic, or if you have poor blood circulation.
- Stop use and see your doctor if discomfort or condition persists.
- Do not use on moles, birthmarks, warts with hair growing from them, genital warts, or warts on the face or mucous membranes.
- Store at room temperature.
- Keep out of reach of children and pets. If swallowed, call poison control or seek medical help immediately.
Active Ingredient: Salicylic acid (wart remover)
Inactive Ingredients: Castor oil, chlorobutanol in a waxy base