Some people just feel more comfortable seeing their doctor, so when they have a wart, they make an appointment to have it treated. But others feel perfectly comfortable treating warts themselves, in which case they probably head down to their local drug store to pick up an over the counter wart removal product.
If the latter describes you, then here’s what you should know about these products. In short, they are effective. Meaning, most of them can completely eradicate warts in about three or four weeks.
Some of the most popular wart removal products contain either salicylic acid or cantharidin. Both chemicals are usually packaged as a topical medication, which means they’re applied directly onto the skin. Consistency is important with these products, so be sure to apply some every day.
In addition to the topical solutions, you might also come across the at home freezing kits. These products usually contain liquid nitrogen or dimethyl ether. They can remove smaller warts in a matter of days, but larger warts may take longer. Also, be careful to avoid getting any of the freezing solution on the other parts of your skin.