Warts can not hurt, but they are very persistent. Often they only disappear after one or two years. As long as you have warts, you can infect others. In addition, they sometimes hurt and they are not very beautiful either.

How do you get rid of it faster?

You get warts due to infection with a virus. ‘Common’ warts can be obtained from one of the viruses from the family of human papilloma viruses (HPVs). Water warts are caused by the molluscum contagiosum virus.

Warts usually disappear again. Your body forms antibodies against the virus. These protect you for the rest of your life against infections with the same type of virus. In common warts it can take up to two years before they heal spontaneously, water warts usually disappear faster. If you have a disturbed immune system or use your immunosuppressant medication, it can take much longer.



At the drugstore you will find different liquids and ointments with which you can spot ordinary warts. Means with salicylic acid loosened the top layer of the skin. You have to use it daily. Salicylic acid can irritate healthy skin, therefore lubricate the skin around the wart for spotting with Vaseline or zinc ointment. Products with formic acid dehydrate warts and therefore you only have to touch the warts once a week. This is the root of the wart addressed and the wart literally down to the core treated.

It’s best to wait for water warts. If necessary, stick an inflamed water wart with a plaster. You can puncture them with a stick dipped in iodine, but then you run the risk of a scar.

Home Remedies

There are countless home remedies against warts. Its effect has not been scientifically proven, but some people have positive experiences with it. For example, the wart with morning urine, honey, potato, a clove of garlic, colorless nail polish, the inside of a garden bean skin, juice of dandelions, tea tree oil, school chalk, zinc ointment, the juice from the stems of smelly celandine, et cetera. Also wringing warts with duct tape – very sturdy, silver-colored adhesive tape – seems to be able to help.

Freeze, cut or burn away

With warts you do not have to go to the doctor unless they are at the anus or the genitals. You can not treat genital warts yourself. Even if the warts change color or size, itching or bleeding, it is wise to check that the warts are not malignant.

The GP can freeze the warts with liquid nitrogen, so that the tissue dies. This feels burning and sometimes painful. After freezing, a blister often develops. Usually several treatments are needed. Warts can also be burned away with a kind of welding device (coagulation). Another option is to cut away the wart or ‘spoon out’ under local anesthesia.