Warts, those small rough growths that usually affect the hands and feet, can be difficult to treat. Viruses cause warts, so cutting a wart will not cure it. Removing the top layer of a wart by trimming the dead skin can make it easier for the medicine to penetrate and treat the infection. This is best done by the medical staff in the office, not in the home. You can use over-the-counter medications called keratolytics that dissolve the dead layer safely at home. Consult your doctor to receive an effective treatment for warts.
Your doctor can trim the top of a wart or remove it completely, in the office, using sterile equipment to reduce your chances of developing an infection. You need follow-up medication to kill the virus after this treatment. Doctors can trim a wart with a very small sterile blade or can numb the skin with a local anesthetic and cut it deep enough to remove it. The extraction allows the medication to treat the virus to penetrate deeper into the skin.
Alternatively, your doctor can destroy the top layer by applying liquid nitrogen. A much stronger application than you can buy without a prescription. You can also apply acids or products that cause cell death at the top. Another way to get rid of them is to inject substances that are toxic to the virus or that cause the body to "wake up" and recognize the infection and attack. The creams that help the immune system to recognize and destroy them also have benefits.
Warts usually require follow-up treatment to destroy the virus, even after trimming or removal. Getting rid of them can involve several treatments in the office, in addition to the application of creams or other treatments at home between visits. It can take many sessions to eliminate the warts on the hands and feet. Trying to heal them yourself can be ineffective and result in an increase in their size.