January 5, 2017

| perri dermatology
Medically reviewed by Anthony J. Perri, M.D.
Hand with large wart on index finger | perri dermatology

If you’re a patient with a wart, you may be wondering, “How effective is wart treatment? Will my wart go away for good?” While it’s true that dermatologists like Dr. Perri have a variety of wart treatment options at their disposal, not all wart treatment options are created equal. Some warts are just plain stubborn and continue to grow back even after they appear to have been removed. Read on for a discussion of the different wart treatment options, their effectiveness, and the likelihood that they will remove your wart for good.

Home Therapy

Your first line of defense against wart treatment may be an over-the-counter solution like Compound W, whose main ingredient is salicylic acid, and is available for purchase at many pharmacies. However, it can take 8 to 12 weeks of at home therapy for this wart treatment to work, and even then, it may not fully get rid of the wart. Patients wanting a faster wart solution are urged to see a dermatologist for professional wart treatment, as are children and teenagers with the flu, fever or chickenpox or pregnant and nursing mothers, who cannot use Compound W.


Cryotherapy, or cryosurgery as it is also called, is a common wart treatment. With Cryotherapy, your wart is frozen with a liquid nitrogen spray and then dressed. While Cryotherapy is effective, it often requires multiple applications of liquid nitrogen to effectively remove the wart. And even then, the wart may appear to be gone, but later grow back.

I Still Have Questions About Wart Treatment

If you still have questions about which wart treatment is right for you, the best thing for you to do is to talk to Dr. Perri yourself. Call our offices today to schedule an appointment.