Is My Wart Going Away?

Updated on October 14, 2015
C.M. asks from Peoria, IL
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I have had a wart in the palm of my hand for as I can remember a year or 2 i have used over counter medication which I don't know is working i Keep it on then file it off im not quite sure it is working there has been black dots in the centr for a while now and the skin around is peeling.Shall I peel it off or shall I keep using the treatment

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answers from St. Louis on

Warts are a virus, they do not have roots, and would be gone in days if you just went to the doctor.

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answers from Washington DC on

a wart is a virus in the system. If the OTC medication has not worked? You need to see a dermatologist to get it removed.

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answers from San Francisco on

What does your doctor say?

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answers from Norfolk on

It's time to take it to a doctor.
I had a wart on the heel of my foot that burrowed in and almost grew into my heel bone.
They had to irradiate it (they x-rayed it to death - they just didn't put any film into the machine) before it was finally gone.

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answers from Portland on

I had several warts on the ball of my feet. The doctor froze them and they died. Some had to be frozen more than once. I also had a couple on my hand.

Another treatment the doctor used was intense heat using a thin needle like device he pushed through the center. There are probably more or different treatmen's available now.

Our family was poor when I was a child; yet they took me to the doctor when the OTC liquid didn't work.

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answers from Wausau on

If the treatment was working it would have been a few weeks at most, not a year or longer. You should probably stop messing with it and see a dermatologist for removal.

The black dots are the ends of capillaries (small blood vessels). Contrary to popular old wives tales, warts do not have roots or seeds.

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answers from New York on

Since it's been 2 years, it's probably time to consult a doctor.

This isn't the best method, and contacting a doctor would be much better, but it worked for me.

I had one on my finger many years ago. I used over the counter medicine, covered it with a Band-Aid (although I've heard duct tape is much better). And yes the medicine will also cause the skin around it to peel. Removed the Band-Aid and rubbed/filed it down. When it got really small and I could see those black dots, I used nail clippers to get in and cut the whole thing out, it was coned shaped.

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answers from Atlanta on

it's been 2 years. I would think after 3 to 6 months, you would have gone to the doctor. You need to see a dermatologist. You are probably keeping the virus in your system by filing it. Are you using the same file each time? If so? Yep. putting the virus back on your hand.


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answers from Chicago on

Essential oils and duct tape helped my sons warts.

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answers from Boston on

Time to see a dermatologist

Feel better...Take care

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answers from Boston on

If you've been doing something on your own (for 1-2 years? or is that ho long you've had it and not how long you've treated it?) If it's not resolved, you should show it to your doctor the next time you are there. Surely you've had a physical or a doctor's visit for some other purpose in the past 2 years, right? Why not mention it? This is something that a professional should look at to see if it's indeed a wart and if there are any signs of infection or skin irritation after using the treatment.

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answers from Springfield on

keep at it, i got one on the bottom of my foot when i was pg with my son and it didn't go away till i had my daughter 3 years later (i didn't use anything on it while pg, just after) and it took about 2 weeks of applying the wart remover and scraping/ filing and i even cut off a piece of it with nail clippers.
the black dots are the roots, and once you get all those out the wart should go away. if not or you start showing signs of infection you should visit your dr.

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answers from Philadelphia on

did you know breastmilk cures them? google it. my kid had 2 plantars ones, 2 weeks of milk on a qtip applied and after months of discomfort they are gone, no chemicals needed. btw duct tape works sometimes too

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