Different types of warts found on various parts of the body are all caused by variations of the human papillomavirus. The type of wart found on hands is usually the common wart. The Mayo Clinic describes these warts as small fleshy growths that are typically close to skin color. Several treatment options are available over the counter, although in some cases warts may be resistant to these and need more advanced treatment.
Freeze the warts using an over-the-counter product such as Wartner Wart Removal System. These products work by mixing chemicals that become extremely cold. Apply the chemicals using the product’s device directly to the wart for the instructed amount of time and the wart will freeze, disappearing in about two weeks, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Apply a wart-removing cream that contains salicylic acid. The cream slowly dries the wart over a period of a few days until it disappears. Dozens of products for warts containing salicylic acid are available at drug stores.
Visit your doctor if over-the-counter wart treatments are not successful. You doctor can recommend more advanced treatments such as laser removal, prescription creams or outpatient surgery.
- When using over-the-counter products, read the warnings and side effects section before use. Some products may cause skin irritation and scarring or may not be approved for use during pregnancy or if you are breastfeeding.