29 Ways to Get Rid of Warts

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1. Grey Duct Tape

Cover your warts with grey or silver duct tape to kill your warts by suffocating them!

Black electrical tape or gorilla tape will probably work just as well but… Grey duct tape was used in studies where using tape was successful at getting rid of warts. Clear tape was used in unsuccessful studies.

To use duct tape to get rid of warts,

2. Go Bananas

Warts are partly caused by you being low in potassium, so eating bananas and other foods high in potassium can get rid of warts within 2 weeks.

3. Apple Cider Vinegar

The main reason Apple Cider Vinegar is so good for getting of warts is because it's also high in potassium but with apple cider vinegar,

4. L-Lysine

Like potassium… L-Lysine strengthens your immune system. A diet low in L-lysine can lead to warts.

Taking L-lysine supplements or eating more foods that are high in L-Lysine like salmon, beef, chicken & yogurt will help prevent and get rid of warts

5. Immune Boosting Herbs

Take immune boosting herbs like Astragalus, Bayberry, Echinacea, Goldenseal, Schizandra and/or Elderberry to prevent and get rid of warts.

6. Basil

basil warts

Tape crushed basil to your warts using waterproof tape, medical tape or cover it with a bandage. Keep doing this everyday for at least 1-to-2 weeks until the wart is gone.

Basil has several antiviral compounds that'll kill off the wart.

7. Aloe

Take the juice from an Aloe Vera plant and apply it to your warts. The malic acid contained in the Aloe will get rid of the warts.

Once you've placed the aloe juice on your wart, cover it with a bandage and do this daily until your wart is gone.

8. Zinc

Taking zinc daily and/or including more foods high in zinc in your diet boosts your immune system to fight off the virus causing warts.

Once your immune system has improved with more zinc in your diet… You're less likely to have any warts come back.

9. Garlic

Because of the antiviral, antibacterial & antifungal properties in garlic,

10. Castor Oil

Castor Oil has an acidic nature that will remove your warts. Take a cotton ball dabbed in castor oil & place it on your wart with a bandage daily for at least 2 weeks.

11. Lemon Oil

Lemon oil is a disinfectant that'll kill the HPV virus causing warts. Lemon oil has a high concentration of d-limoen which breaks down warts.

To get rid of warts with lemon oil… Place a few drops of lemon oil on the wart 2-to-3 times per day.

12. Nail Polish

Nail polish works the same way duct tape does because after you coat the wart with clear nail polish 2-to-3 times per day… You'll cut off the oxygen to the wart suffocating it until it goes away within 2-to-3 weeks.

13. Chalk or Superglue

2 more things you can use to cut off oxygen to your warts is chalk or superglue.

Rub your wart with chalk until it is colored completely in chalk or… Apply the glue until the wart is completely covered and repeat daily until the wart is gone.

14. Pineapples & Papayas

Pineapples & papayas have enzymes that dissolve and eat away your warts.

Soak your warts in pineapple or papaya juice or… Place the pulp of a pineapple or papaya on your wart with a bandage for at least 2 hours.

15. Vitamin C

Take a paste made from crushed vitamin c tablets and water and apply it to your wart covered with tape. Vitamin C is acidic enough remove warts.

Taking Vitamin C or getting more Vitamin C in your diet will help prevent future outbreaks of warts.

16. Snitch on your warts

You can let your body know you have warts so it can build up enough antibodies to destroy the virus causing warts and to do this,

17. Bring the Heat

Use a heating pad on your warts for 30 minutes 2-to-4 times per day to get rid of warts, but don't use too much heat over 140°F (60°C)

Soaking your warts in hot water also works. Soak your warts in hot water with apple cider vinegar added for faster results.

18. Spit on Them

Before you brush your teeth, drink or eat in the morning spit directly on your warts & rub it in everyday.

The saliva in your spit contains chemicals (like histatin) that speeds up wound healing which will also aid as an antiviral agent to fight warts.

19. Your Diet

Maintain a diet that boosts your immune system by avoiding processed foods and including more natural, organic & unprocessed foods in your diet.

Get more potassium and zinc in your diet as well because a good immune system will help prevent warts from reoccurring and spreading.

20. Patience

Warts aren't harmful, they should go away on their own untreated after 6-to-18 months and no matter what method you choose on this page outside of surgery…

Its going to take at least 2-to-6 weeks to get rid of warts.

4 Over-The-Counter Methods

aspirin for warts

21. Salicylic Acid

Salicylic Acid will easily get rid of your warts because its a keratolytic which dissolves the keratin protein warts are made up of.

The best way to use Salicylic Acid to get rid of warts is to use salicylic acid wart removal products like Compound W or PediFix Wart STICK

22. Aspirin

The main ingredient of Aspirin is Salicylic Acid so… Crush Aspirin up into powder, mix it with a few drops of water, place it on your wart, cover it up with a bandage and leave it on overnight.

23. Freeze It

Freeze your warts with products like Dr. Scholl's Wart Remover or Compound W Freeze Off

24. Betadine

Betadine has antibiotics that'll kill the virus responsible for warts.

Wash the area with warm water, make sure it's completely clean, apply Betadine after drying, cover it with a bandage all day or overnight. Apply betadine twice a day for faster results.

5 Medical Treatments

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Surgically removal of warts with lasers

Surgery should be the last resort for wart removal unless your warts are large, uncomfortable or painful because even with expensive surgery There's always a chance you'll have a reoccurrence of warts.

25. Aldara

Aldara (or imiquimod) is an expensive treatment administered by your doctor to stimulate your immune system into fighting off warts.

26. High Grade Freezing

This treatment is many times stronger than Over-The-Counter freezing kits like Compound W Freeze Off where your dermatologist may use liquid nitrogen to freeze off the wart at an extremely low temperature of -320°F or -196°C

Your at home freezing kit will only get as cold as -70°F or -57°C.

27. Burn Them Off

Lasers or electrical burning (cautery) can be used but scarring is possible with these methods.

28. Excision

The wart is cut out in a painful procedure and scarring will most certainly be a result.

29. Injections

Injections of candida (or yeast) or bleomycin (which is a chemotherapeutic agent used in cancer treatments) are effective wart treatments.

Other prescription medications

You can have your doctor prescribe you podofilox (Condylox), trichloroacetic acid, 5-fluorouracil cream or cantharidin.

How to Prevent Warts

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After five years of having a wart on my finger and trying pretty much everything, my wart is on the way out. It’s gone black finally and I don’t think it’ll be around for much longer. What I did was Apple cider vinegar on cotton wool taped on overnight with waterproof medical tape to exclude all air. During the day I have alternated an essential oil blend, an all natural NZ wart cream, and a homeopathic wart treatment also containing essential oils of lemon, thuja and tea tree. My wart looks worse (or better depending on perspective) than it’s ever looked. Has gone completely black and is peeling off in layers. I’d tried salicylic acid super strong paste from the doctor, TCA, ACV, duct tape, homeopathy (which I don’t believe in), freezing with dry ice and then accidentally knocked off on a doorway (so much blood), poking it through with a needle and then rubbing with grass that I am horribly allergic to. None of them worked.

June 02, 2019


I got plantar warts from a swimming pool in 2012.. It Went away but came back in full force 2013 when I was Just eating salads with no important electrolytes and was stressed to the bone.

I took my finger on it with a mistake. It spread from finger to penis and to my mouth from finger down my stomach.

I have literally been in hell these years and my life is handicapped. I can't get Girls or do anything anymore.

I'm losing all hope

October 05, 2018


I have had a wart on my right index finger off & on growing up, then nothing for 10+ years, now IT CAME BACK! I have tried DUCT TAPE(helped years ago), the wart meds otc.. NOTHING is working.. and I AM getting VERY..."P O' D . I will try the garlic or basil remedy, I have a large Heirloom garden, so WISH ME LUCK !

July 15, 2018

Wart hater

Don’t use freezing kits they hurt and don’t work

July 12, 2018


Several years ago I was told by a doctor to get rid of plantar's warts to soak your foot in hot water. The water needs to be gradually increased to 108-109 degrees and kept there for 15 minutes (so you need a buddy to bring you more hot water as you do the treatment). I have given this treatment to several friends and it has worked for them. The virus dies at these temperatures and the wart will grow out in several weeks. Have also used the same treatment for warts under a fingernail and flat warts on knees. Worked on those too.

June 23, 2018


Antibiotics do NOT work to treat ailments caused by viral infection...(#24 will not work)

June 03, 2018


Please I have this anal warts for over 3months Now and I've tried using podophylin and garlic also but I've seen no changes please what can do to prevent these growth

November 16, 2017


Sounds like aids is next, maurice.

February 06, 2019


i’ve had multiple warts on my feet for over a year now and i haven’t tried any of these and i’m not sure if they’re gonna work at all to be fair. i really want to get rid of them because i go to college and i’m doing beauty and we have to do pedicure and it’s just embarrassing when you’re not there putting out your feet and like everyone notices it and they’re gonna start wondering why i’m not doing it and i don’t wanna tell anyone about it. i told my teacher and she told me to go to a doctor but the prices are so high i don’t have the money. ):

October 05, 2017


I had about 4 or 5 medium sized warts on my hands in high school. After having them for about a year, and the freezing treatments not working, I got so fed up and I soaked my hands in water to get them soft, and I LITERALLY took finger nail clippers and clipped the soften warts off, surprisingly it did not really hurt, and I put bandaids on them and they all died or went away. Im now 29 and I still see little warts trying to grow but I take a heavy multivitamin that helps fight the virus, and do NOT pick at them because they will spread. That was the only thing that worked for me. Kids dont try without supervision, but cutting them while soft does end up killing them

May 22, 2017


Yes. It worked for me too. I had a large wart on my ring finger for years as a kid. I tried everything even putting it on a end sander in high school. Nail clippers were the only thing that eventually worked for me. I didn't soften with water but I continued cutting at it with the clippers until I could see the roots and cut them too. Cutting the wart surface doesn't really hurt and when I got to the roots it didn't hurt like you would expect. It has never come back and I'm glad I did it.

January 09, 2018


Hi, in step 16, warts should not be poked. Doing so increases the risk of the infection entering into the bloodstream. That leads to an even more severe problem that cannot be rectified.

January 19, 2017


#8- Get more zinc: Suggests 600 mg of zinc.....
Shouldn't that be 60 mg? From all the research I have done, 600 mg would be way too much and potentially

October 21, 2016

Adrian Bryant

thanks for the heads up. its changed

October 21, 2016


You're welcome Adrian and thank you for the great article. I would further drop my dosage to a max of around 25 mg daily if there was no pressing immune system issue. Continuously taking larger dosages of zinc may throw off the body's healthy levels of copper and iron. Too much of any of these elements can cause problems, while at the same time, all are necessary for good health. Also WebMD recommends using zinc gluconate. They claim it has the lowest level of cadmium of all zinc supplements. Cadmium buildup is another whole issue worth knowing about. Good luck to all. No, I'm not a scientist and I don't stay at any special brand of hotels. Ha!

October 21, 2016


I have warts on penis how to get raid on this

September 30, 2016


Last week I found a tiny wart on my face right about where my nose meets my cheek. This is not the first time I've had one of these, and thank goodness they've never been large, but I was really annoyed by it, so found is page and used tried a little of each of the items suggested that I already had on hand....Echinacea (1200mg) Lysine (1500mg) rubbed a clove of garlic on it twice about one hour apart...then rubbed some mashed up fresh basil on it three times....the last one right before bed....and I KID YOU NOT....the thing was GONE in the morning! All that remined was a tiny red dot were it was attached. Completely smoothe..and has remained so since. I'm not sure which thing worked but I'm completely stoked and will do the same if I ever get a wart again.

June 12, 2016


If any one of these worked very well, there wouldn't be 29 ways to do it.

October 12, 2015

Adrian Bryant

yeah but evrybody may not have duct tape and nail poilish

October 13, 2015


Go buy some then..... Duuhhhhhh !!!

September 10, 2016


Thanks for the intellectual insight Sherry. The reason for so many different solutions is because each person's immune system / body reacts differently. What works for one person, may not work for another.

December 20, 2016


I hear ya! lol

July 15, 2018


I am 13 and have had warts for nearly 4 years now and I have been to the doctor and they have given me stuff but when that didn't work I started to look online I have tried most of the treatments listed above but nothing seems to work. I have warts all over my hands mostly by the tips of my fingers ( over 20 on each hand ) now you can probably understand that having warts anyway is quite annoying and sometimes embarrassing I find it hard considering being a teenager and in high school people say nastey things and I feel ill when I look at my hands they just look ugly I really want to get rid of them can any of you think of anything else I can try for the best but quickest results it would be very much appreciated

September 22, 2015


I'm just eleven years old I had a wart for 5 weeks I put garlic on it wrapped it up.it started to hurt but it was going down it didn't hurt bad though.I'm doing this cause I'm going to a audition and I wanna get this off this will take probably over night so it will fall off I had this before it fell of right when I went swimming in my cousin pool it stopped for years but now it is back cause I accidentally touched a girl with a wart on her finger cause I didn't see it

February 22, 2016

The beef

Honestly, surgical removal was really successful for me. You should try it. They give you numbing injections prior to cutting it out, so it doesn't hurt. The shots themselves hurt a bit, but not as much as the embarassment of having warts on my hands. Give it a shot! it's not that bad!

March 24, 2016


My daughter has 3 on the sole of one of her feet. She got one burned off with the freezing, but she was in a lot of pain. From the previous comment I would say our hands are tougher than say the sole of the foot. I would not recommend getting them burned off, especially for a 10 year old.

May 13, 2016

Swati Thakur

Hey there!
I too had around 12 warts on my lips,hands,feet and even the genitals.However I got rid of them after visiting a homeopathic.I strongly recommend you the zinc method and side by side taping the wart. Do it for a month or even more. Depends on the condition of your wart. Be patient and do not break the routine. Good Luck! :)

December 30, 2016


I am 13 and have had warts for nearly 4 years now and I have been to the doctor and they have given me stuff but when that didn't work I started to look online I have tried most of the treatments listed above but nothing seems to work. I have warts all over my hands mostly by the tips of my fingers ( over 20 on each hand ) now you can probably understand that having warts anyway is quite annoying and sometimes embarrassing I find it hard considering being a teenager and in high school people say nastey things and I feel ill when I look at my hands they just look ugly I really want to get rid of them can any of you think of anything else I can try for the best but quickest results it would be very much appreciated

August 26, 2015


After my daughter was born she began developing small warts all over her hands. I didn't treat them when she was that small but by the time she was 1 they started getting bigger. One on her thumb got so big it was bigger than her thumb and turned purple and did what they called the cauliflower thing. They weren't embarrassing to her yet but if other kids said something it would upset her so I asked the pediatrician what to do. She recommended freezing them off a few at a time because it would be painful especially with her being so small and the large one would hurt the worst cause they would have to keep the freeze on it longer. She screamed during the procedure and of course afterwards it hurt her pretty bad. The small ones would go away but the big one did not even after two more treatments. We finally gave up with the freezing and the pediatrician came up with something else. She said to start giving her Tagament (the heartburn medicine) twice a day. One pill in the morning and one pill at night. After a few weeks they were gone even the big one dried up and fell off! She came running to me one day holding it! Gross I know! She is six now and has not had any more problems. After the warts disappeared I didn't give her meds any longer so it's not a forever thing.

August 27, 2015


i also am 13 and i know your problem i have about 10 on each hand, i also went to the doctor, same story I NEED THEM GONE SOON BECAUSE I GET CALLED NAMES IVE ALSO HAD THEM AROUND ABOUT 4 YEARS

September 14, 2015


Before I only have 1 wart on my chest and I have it since Elementary, but now in this year all the warts are now scattered on my chest, my back,neck and now I am having 2 small flat warts on my face. I am afraid that warts will scatter on my face. I don't have money for any treatment. It's sad when you're poor.

August 23, 2015

Joe Powell

Use thin CA (super) glue from the hobby shop buy the can of accelerator. The kind that foams up when it cures instantly is the best. I used a nail clipper to get the bulk of the wart that I could see, and that represented a dead callous. I then washed my hands so the skin was damp. Apply one small drop of CA glue to a metal knife tip (no, not sharp) and then dab it into the wart. Do your best to soak the wart and not the rest of the area, but you aren't going to hurt yourself. Don't glue your fingers together. Then, spray the accelerator into the CA glue-soaked wart and watch!!! Leave the large nodule that results from the affected tissue being glued and completely hardened in place for 10 minutes to be sure it' dead in there. Then, peel the !@&#%!&^ off! Apply another thin drop of CA to the newly exposed area, spray with hardener, and bandage. CA glue gets hot and makes fumes for a very brief moment. Be sure you know what to expect when you use this method.

September 05, 2015


I wonder if a paste with the VITAMIN C or if could use basil and apply ? Natural is ALWAYS the best solution if you have access to natural plants.

July 15, 2018


I have had for years thousands of warts on my legs...they feel bumpy and it is embarrassing. ..I see them but,not sure if any one else can..keeps me from wearing dresses. .I quit shaving years ago and now use Nair at least once a month.PLEASE help me.....I truly am depressed! !!!

June 11, 2015


Hi Carol! Please contact me if you can. I am going through the same thing. I would love to speak to you about it.

July 08, 2015


Hi lady's I also have flat warts ALL OVER both my thighs back of my calf's,on top of my feet on my fingers, because I shave all those places, I have so many I don't know how at doc would go about treating this many so I've just tried the natural ways at home, I'm getting very tired of doing ALL these treatments & trying to remember as well I'm about to go talk to a dermatologist & nip it I'm the bud once & for All...

August 07, 2015


Omg. I am exactly in the same situation as you. What can we do?? I hate these warts. Nothing makes them go away. I literally am covered on my legs. Help

August 11, 2015


I have had the same issue! I've been 3 times to the dermatologist to have them frozen, but I still keep finding small warts all over my left knee and shin.

September 30, 2015


Hi Candice, I’ve been having flat warts on top or my feet and they’re starting to come up my legs. Did you ever find a good treatment. I am so depressed and don’t know what to do. I can’t were sandals anymore.

June 04, 2018


As I have "suggested" with others NATURAL if possible. VITAMIN C paste, BASIL OR GARLIC and I'm confident that WILL work. I wish you could contact and let me know IF it does for you.

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July 15, 2018

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