How can I remove a wart painlessly?

Tips for using wart patches

Wart plaster - application and effect

Using wart patches is one of several ways to remove warts at home. The special plasters are available over the counter in pharmacies and drugstores. Since warts react to acids, wart plasters usually contain the active ingredient salicylic acid. The top layer of skin is softened by the acid and the skin layers are removed after each application until the wart is no longer visible. With the help of a pumice stone, for example, you can support this process. Treatment with a wart patch usually takes several days to weeks and the patch should stick to the affected area for at least a day before it is changed. When using wart patches, it is important that the area around the wart is cleaned and that the active ingredient-containing patch is only applied to the changes in the skin so as not to stress healthy skin. To do this, the patch can be cut to the size of the warts. In order to avoid slipping, for example in the stocking on the sole of the foot, the active substance-containing plaster should also be fixed with adhesive plaster.

After each treatment, a white discoloration on the affected area shows that the layers of the skin have died.


Which warts can be removed with a plaster?

Common warts and plantar warts can be treated with a wart patch. With common warts, which often appear on the hands and feet, the changed skin usually comes off after a few days. With plantar warts, however, several weeks can pass, as the wart often grows deep into the foot and is protected by a cornea. It is therefore important to first remove the cornea and then the deep-lying plantar wart. Those affected therefore have to show a lot of patience until the wart is finally gone.


Who is wart patch treatment suitable for?

The application of wart patches is in principle painless if used correctly. It is therefore particularly suitable for children or people who are very sensitive to pain. However, it is important that the treatment is continued regularly until the wart has actually completely disappeared. Patience is required here!


Freezing and scorching: these are alternatives

Wart plasters may not work very precisely and the removal of the layers of skin means that it can take a long time for the wart to really go away. Therefore, it is worthwhile to consider other wart removal methods as well Example the icing. The particularly precise application with an applicator protects the surrounding healthy skin and the application is fast, effective and practically painless. Just one application can be enough and the wart will fall off on its own after about ten to 14 days. In more stubborn cases, ice can also be applied a second or third time.

Alternatively, warts can also be burned. The concentrated acid, usually mono- or trichloroacetic acid and formic acid, is applied precisely to the wart with a brush or applicator in the form of a stick, and in doing so it burns the top layers of the skin. However, caution should be exercised when handling caustic agents. Accidental contact with healthy skin, mucous membranes and eyes can cause severe burns. It is therefore important to protect the surrounding skin with an oily cream.

In principle, however, the following applies: Whether wart patches, chemical burns or icing - self-treatment is not always the right decision. If warts appear on sensitive areas, for example on the face, on the chest, on or near mucous membranes, on the ears or near the eyes, a doctor should definitely be consulted. Even those who suffer from diabetes, wound healing disorders or neurodermatitis should go to their trusted doctor to be on the safe side.