A wart is a viral skin infection that is characterised by small skin growths. Most warts are harmless, although they may be quite bothersome. They can appear on any part of the skin, be raised or flat growths. Warts are usually painless, except for plantar warts, especially if they are located over bony areas or at the bottom of the foot.
When warts cause pain or become embarrassing, or if they multiply, they can be removed. Unfortunately, all types of warts may recur after removal. This means that warts can return at the same site or appear in a new spot. Plantar warts are the most difficult to cure.
Salicylic acid is available without a prescription and can be used at home. It is currently considered the most desirable wart treatment, based on its effectiveness and safety. Salicylic acid is as effective as or more effective than other treatment, with minimal risk and pain. For common warts in adults and older children, cryotherapy is the most common treatment. Freezing is safe and often used for plantar warts. Although cryotherapy can be performed in your doctor's office, a non prescription cryotherapy treatment for common warts on the hands and plantar warts can be done at home.
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