Do any OTC medicines help plantar warts?

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There are many over-the-counter remedies to treat plantar warts. Each remedy has an active ingredient that should aid in eliminating warts. Unfortunately, because they are over-the-counter, they are not often strong enough to take care of most warts. For small warts, early in their formation, an OTC treatment could work. For larger or multiple warts, the over-the-counter solution is not usually the answer.

If you decide to try an OTC wart remover, be sure to use a pummus stone or callus file to remove the dead skin on the wart. This should be done each time the medicine is reapplied. I don't recommend the commercially available treatment that freezes the wart. It is significantly less potent than what your podiatrist or dermatologist might use in their office and simply does not penetrate deeply enough for the wart to be destroyed. I do recommend visiting our podiatry office in Houston, TX to ensure the wart is being treated in the most complete and effective way.
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Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.