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How to Remove a Wart

How to Remove a Wart

Warts can cause some discomfort or embarrassment but most warts are a minor inconvenience and not a serious, life-threatening condition. Warts can be unsightly so generally people do look for remedies to remove them rather than waiting for them to fall off which may take a year or two. Warts can also come back as they are caused by a virus but they can easily be removed again.

Warts can be successfully treated at home or by a doctor.

There are a number wart removal old wives’ tales type remedies; these are cheap and cost-effective but we can’t vouch for their effectiveness. These include using:

  • Clear nail polish
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Tea Tree Oil
  • Sliced garlic and oil
  • Duct tape
  • Rubbing with raw potato

A doctor can also cut off a wart or use a special instrument to scrape it but this may leave scarring.

Kroko WartFix

For a tried and trusted solution to removing a wart we recommend Kroko Wart Fix.

This is a flexible liquid application for warts which forms a waterproof covering over the wart. To use effectively follow these instructions.

Directions for use:

  1. Soak your foot in hot water for 5 minutes and towel dry.
  2. Rub the wart with a pumice stone or preferably, a small piece of sandpaper which you can throw away to avoid spreading the virus. If you are using a pumice stone or nail file then spray it liberally with alcohol or sanitiser to stop the spread of the virus.
  3. Mask off the skin around the wart with Vaseline or cut a hole in a plaster and stick the plaster over the wart with the wart sticking through. This is very important and will protect the healthy skin from the acid in Wart Fix.
  4. Apply Kroko Wart Fix to the wart using the applicator and take care to avoid the surrounding healthy skin.
  5. Note: WartFix contains salicylic acid so it may burn when first applied but it will settle down in a couple of seconds.
  6. Allow WartFix to dry and then cover with a plaster if necessary.
  7. It is important to reapply twice a day until the wart has cleared.
  8. Note: It can this can take up to 2 weeks for a wart to clear so it is important to use it consistently and persist until it falls off.

Common warts are small fleshy growths on the skin usually light grey, pink or brown in colour. Common warts occur when the skin becomes infected with a contagious virus called HPV. This virus can be picked up by direct contact with a person who has a wart or by coming into contact with the same surface that a person with a wart has touched. Warts are fairly commonplace.

Warts are most frequently found in children but can appear at any age and can be found on any part of the body. They are usually found on knees, elbows, fingers and hands.

Plantar warts are flattened growths that occur under the foot usually on the sole of the foot. These can be painful.

Kroko WartFix is available at all good pharmacies and selected Clicks stores in South Africa. Kroko is also available in Namibia, Botswana and Zambia – please ask your pharmacist to order it if they don’t have stock.

Please Note:

Kroko WartFix is not to be used on the face. It is for external use only and is not to be used on genital warts.

Diabetics who have issues with their feet or people who suffer from nerve damage in the feet, neuropathy, must consult a doctor to for treatment rather than use a home remedy.

It is also recommended to consult a doctor if you have a plantar wart under the foot which may need to be cut or cauterized with liquid nitrogen. This is called cryotherapy.

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