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How to Know if a Wart Freeze Is Working?

author image Cecilia Harsch
Cecilia Harsch has been writing professionally since 2009. She writes mainly home improvement, health and travel articles for various online publications. She has several years of experience in the home-improvement industry, focusing on gardening, and a background in group exercise instruction. Harsch received her Certified Nurses Assistant license in 2004. She attended Tarrant County College and studied English composition.
How to Know if a Wart Freeze Is Working?
A wart on a man's finger. Photo Credit: EnkiPhoto/iStock/Getty Images

There are several old wives tales for curing wart, including spreading butter on your wart, then letting the dog lick the butter off; sleeping on your favorite quilt for 30 days; and even piercing the wart with a needle until you see blood, then burying the needle in the dirt. Their effectiveness is suspect, but there are over-the-counter wart treatments that don’t require letting a toad wet on your wart. One requires freezing the wart with dimethyl ether. Watch your wart closely for signs that your wart freeze is working.

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Step 1

Freeze the wart by following the directions of your wart freeze product. Watch for your skin to change from white to red. A blister may form underneath the wart, and you may experience some stinging and tenderness for a day.

Step 2

Watch for small black dots to appear in the center of your wart after two or three days.

Step 3

Keep your wart clean with antibacterial soap, and covered with an adhesive bandage. Do not pick at the black spots or puncture the blisters. These are signs that your wart freeze is working properly.

Step 4

Treat the area again if your wart persists after two weeks. Do not treat your wart more than three times. Talk to your doctor if repeated treatment fails to remove your wart.

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