Over-the-counter wart freezing products such as Freeze Away usually require two or three treatments, applied every ten days, to eliminate a wart. Over-the-counter freezing products are only effective for 40 to 50 percent of warts.
A doctor can freeze a wart using liquid nitrogen, which is much colder than over-the-counter freezing sprays. Liquid nitrogen treatment is called "cryotherapy," and it is reported to be quite painful. Most warts require one to four treatments, with at least a week between each treatment, before drying up and falling off. Cryotherapy is effective for only 50 percent of warts. Doctors usually only recommend cryotherapy if salicylic acid treatment hasn't worked. Salicylic acid has to be used daily for weeks to get rid of a wart.Learn More
According to MedicineNet.com, remedies for common warts on the hands or feet are salicylic acid preparations, non-prescription freezing methods, home remedies and prescribed wart treatments. If none of these treatments are successful, a physician can freeze the wart or surgically remove it.Full Answer >
Surgery to remove warts is a viable option for quickly getting rid of warts, according to WebMD. This type of surgery is fast, effective and is usually chosen when home and doctor's office treatments have not worked to remove a wart.Full Answer >
Treat plantar warts with self-care methods such as over-the-counter medications and smoke, recommends Mayo Clinic. Use stronger treatments such as prescription-strength medications, surgical procedures and the human papillomavirus vaccine if self-care treatments are ineffective.Full Answer >
Plantar warts are hard, grainy-textured, noncancerous growths that occur on the bottom of the feet. They are caused by exposure to the human papillomavirus and are very common, especially in children, says Mayo Clinic.Full Answer >