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What to Expect During Foot Wart Removal

If you have a painful wart that you’re getting removed, you may be wondering what the removal process will look like. The doctor will guide you through what to expect and how the procedure will go. There are several different options for wart removal depending on your situation, and the doctor will pick the one they believe will work best for you.

Prescription Topicals

If your wart isn’t serious and the doctor believes less invasive, home remedies could be effective, they may simply apply a strong peeling medicine, most likely made with salicylic or trichloroacetic acid. These acids work by removing layers of the wart a little at a time. You will most likely apply it at home, with intermittent office visits to check on the progress.


This is a method where the wart is frozen off, which is done at the doctor’s office. Liquid nitrogen is applied to the wart, sometimes with a spray and sometimes directly with a cotton swab. Since this can be slightly painful or uncomfortable, the doctor will most likely numb up the area first. A blister will form around the wart, and the dead tissue will fall off over the coming weeks.

Immune Therapy

Since warts are formed due to viruses and weakened immunity, they can be fought off using virus-killing methods. Your doctor may have you take certain medications that will stimulate your immune system to fight off the wart or warts you have. They may also inject the wart with an antigen.

Make an Appointment Today

With many different treatment options, the only way to know which one is best for you is to make an appointment with our foot doctor by Bronzeville. While not all plantar warts are dangerous, if they become painful or otherwise affect your health or immune system, we encourage you to stop in so we can help you find a solution. Call us at 630-283-6401 or visit our site to make your plantar wart treatment appointment!


Mitchell Foot & Ankle

1338 E 47th St.
Chicago, IL 60653

Fax: 773-433-8108

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