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How Long Do Warts Last?

Do you even have to treat verrucas?

In many cases warts and verrucas will eventually go away by themselves. The problem is you won’t know when that ‘eventually’ will happen. It could be a few months or even a few years. Suffering for that long from warts is anything but fun.

Not all warts will go away by themselves though. And while many warts are simply a nuisance, they can be really painful when they are on your foot soles. These veruccas can easily get infected and inflamed and the constant weight on them does do the rest to irritate them to the point that they are a real hassle.

How long do Verrucas last
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How long do they last?

Looking at the available research shows that around 25% of warts disappear on their own within 3 to 6 months. 65% are gone within 2 years. However, that still leaves a lot of warts that don’t go away even after 2 years. Who wants to wait that long?

Should you treat them?

That really depends. Warts are by themselves not a health-threat. Yet, they can be unsightly and in the wrong locations they can become painful.

They are also contagious. While it’s pretty easy as an adult to stop yourself from picking on the wart and possibly get it to bleed, it’s a different story for a kid. They often pick and scratch on the wart until it bleeds. The blood contains the virus and if in contact with other areas of the skin or with other people results in a higher chance to spread the growth of warts to other body parts or people.

With the available treatment options being rather cheap and easy to apply, there’s really no reason why you wouldn’t try to get rid of the warts as fast as you can. If the wart would go away by itself then the use of an over-the-counter wart remedy will only speed things up.

And, let’s be honest, who wants to run around with warts longer than absolutely necessary and potentially risk them to spread and create new growths in other locations. It can be bad enough to have a wart where you can cover it but the risk of growing one even in your face seems not worth to take when you instead can try to get them removed.

How to treat them?

Warts are thankfully pretty easy to treat. It will usually take a few weeks or months but with continuous application of a wart remover you will get rid of them. If you treat the warts at home then you will also be able to do the whole treatment for a reasonable price. Having your dermatologist perform any procedure will unfortunately cost you a lot of money and it most likely won’t be covered by your insurance.

Treatment options at home are usually salicylic acid based. One of the best options you have available is Wartrol which not only uses this active ingredient but also has a number of carefully selected inactive ingredients to minimize the treatment period and maximize the chances of success.

Alternatively, you can also use essential oils or homeopathic remedies to treat your warts. These often require a longer treatment period than the more potent wart medications like Wartrol.

Conclusion

There’s no reason why you would have to suffer from warts any longer than absolutely necessary. Yes, there is a chance that they will eventually go away but an OTC wart treatment will simply speed the process up. And the faster they are gone, the earlier you have your normal skin back!

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