Can I Use Over the Counter Wart Remover?

February 12th, 2013 posted by Gwenn Schurgin O'Keeffe, MD, FAAP

Dr. Gwenn Schurgin O Dr. Gwenn Schurgin O’Keeffe, MD, FAAP

Dear Dr. Gwenn,

My 7 year old granddaughter has 2 warts on the left side of her stomach. They stick out 1/4 inch. She has had them about 6 months. I called the Dr to make an appointment. The cost was $60 to $200. She doesn’t have insurance. Is it ok to use a wart remover over the counter? Signed, Alice

Dear Alice:

The over the counter wart removers work great but are often as costly as an office visit to a dermatologist. And, both avenues will require the same amount of time for results – typically 1-3 months depending on the wart. I’d suggest you try a moderately priced over the counter product for about a month and if it doesn’t work consider paying to see a specialist. Your pediatrician can help guide you to which over the counter product would be best to try. One word of caution. There are a few wart-like lesions that do not respond to treatment and just go away with time. Your pediatrician can alert you if that is what your granddaughter has. Best, Dr. Gwenn © 2005 – 2007 Pediatrics Now. All rights reserved. PEDIATRICS NOW™ is a trademark of Pediatrics Now

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Pediatrician, Dr. Gwenn Schurgin O'Keeffe, MD, is a board-certified pediatrician and Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Gwenn is an experienced columnist, educator, and practicing pediatrician. Dr. Gwenn strives to write as if she were talking to a parent. As a parent herself, she knows how important it is to obtain information but also understand how precious little time parents have to find that information on the internet. Pediatrics Now was developed to fill that gap and provide a bridge between the parenting and pediatrics worlds.


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