How to Remove Warts on Hands

Warts – sounds unpleasant, right? They are characterized by the stubborn growths which can surface anywhere on your skin. They are really embarrassing, especially when located in visible areas, such as the hands. By nature, warts refer to benign growths in the skin. They are most often caused by viruses.

These viruses mostly come from HPV (Human Papillomavirus), infecting the upper layer of the skin, causing it to rapidly grow, thus creating a wart. This virus can be contracted if you damage your skin, or cut it, and then touching somebody else who also has it. The virus can also be caught by sharing items such as razors, towels, as well as other personal stuff.

Wondering how to remove warts on hands? We have prepared this step-by-step guide for you because we know how disgusting it can be to have them. Take note that this guide is focused on common home remedies that you can apply at home.

When it comes to warts, anyone can have them, though some people are just at risk, such as children, teens, as well as individuals with weak immune system. If you are suffering from warts now, refer to this guide and get rid of them – fast!

What you need for this tutorial

1. Pumice stone application

  • Pumice
  • Alternative: emery board (for smaller warts)

2. Salicylic acid application

  • Pumice/Emery board
  • Salicylic acid
  • Bandage

3. Cryotherapy

  • Protective gloves and eyewear
  • Liquid nitrogen
  • Cotton tipped applicators
  • Disposable plastic ear speculum

4. Wart cream application

  • Pumice/Emery board
  • OTC wart cream

5. Duct tape technique

  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Duct tape

Step 1. Exfoliate Using Pumice Stone


One of the quickest and the most cost-effective ways to remove warts on the hands is by exfoliating it using a pumice stone. By nature, pumice is abrasive, thus working well in sanding away the wart’s surface layer. This is particularly true if it is covered with thick callous.

Even though pumice stone may be effective in this regard, it is expected not to go to the deeper part of the wart roots under the surface of the skin. This means that aside from pumice stone, a cream or ointment should also be used in order to destroy the roots of the wart.

Step 1: Before exfoliating, soak your hand first in warm water for around 15 minutes. This will soften your skin in the hands.

Step 2: Exfoliate by rubbing the pumice stone on the wart. Be careful when working on smaller warts, especially those that are not covered with callous. It may result to abrasion, which can draw some blood out of it.

Note: This process is not advisable for people who are dealing with diabetes, as well as individuals with peripheral neuropathy because the reduced nerve sensations may result in tissue damage.

Step 2. Use Salicylic Acid


When using pumice stone is not enough, applying salicylic acid is another option. This acid works in dissolving keratin, or the protein, on the wart surface, as well as the calloused skin that covers them.

Step 1: Before applying, soak the skin win warm water.

Step 2: File down the wart’s surface layer using a pumice stone, or an emery board (for smaller warts). This will make sure that the acid can absorb deeper.

Step 3: Cover using a bandage overnight in order to expect best results.

Note: The speed in which warts will go away depends on its size. Therefore, you need to be patient. Also, salicylic acid is a strong solution. It has the tendency to irritate or damage the healthy skin that surrounds warts. It is important to be extra careful when applying salicylic acid, twice daily. A solution with 17% salicylic acid or a patch with 15% strength is effective enough for most hand warts.

Step 3. Perform Cryotherapy


If you have already tried the first two solutions and it still did not work, another option available for you is a process called cryotherapy. This refers to a cold therapy which involves freezing warts off your hands. It is also a common process performed by dermatologists and doctors, though you can also purchase over-the-counter products which have liquid nitrogen.

Step 1: File the wart down using pumice (or an emery board).

Step 2: Choose spray tip for the appropriate size depending on the thickness and diameter of the wart.

Step 3: Apply liquid nitrogen on the wart for a few seconds.

Step 4: In order to confine the treated area, a disposable plastic ear speculum may be used.

Step 5: The freeze time may vary from 5, 10 to 20 seconds, depending on the thickness of the wart.

Note: Avoid re-dipping the cotton tipped applicators in order to prevent transferring the virus all over. New swabs need to be used if there is a need for more liquid nitrogen.

Step 4. Use Wart Creams


Another option is using wart creams. There are several options that are currently available over-the-counter these days. They are formulated to get rid of warts. This is usually the preferred option if you are not ready for the pain that is usually caused by cryotherapy.

Step 1: Clean the area to be treated.

Step 2: Use pumice stone/emery board to ensure that the cream will penetrate deeper into the wart.

Step 3: Rub the cream to the wart.

Step 4: Allow cream to absorb for about 5 minutes.

Step 5: Wash your hands afterward.

Step 5. The Duct Tape Technique


A lot of reports have shown that covering the wart on your hand with duct tape is an effective solution, even though they cannot really explain how this works. You can also try this technique if you want to, and see whether it works for you too!

Step 1: Clean the surrounding area of the wart with rubbing alcohol.

Step 2: Attach a small patch of duct over the wart. Leave it be for 24 hours.

Step 3: Replace with a fresh strip. Repeat this process in 1-week increments for a period of 6 weeks if necessary.


Did you enjoy the tutorial we have just presented? Personally, I have suffered from warts several years back and found this guide helpful as well. You might not be the one who has it, but if you know someone who is dealing with this problem, this can be helpful to that person too!

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