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Immunity takes about a year to build up and destroy the wart. It takes about the same time for the patient to watch the wart grow, get worried about its continued presence, and do something about it. The year is up when the charming takes place, and the coincidence becomes a cure!

As as virus is the cause of a wart, no antibiotics help and there are no suitable anti-viral agents. Instead, treatment usually involves destroying the wart, either by chemical or cold means.

Freezing is the most effective treatment. Hospital clinics use liquid nitrogen, which is the best method but the most painful. The wart blisters and dies soon after being excessively chilled.

Chemical treatments involve corrosive paints or creams containing salicylic acid. It is a lengthier process than freezing but one big advantage is that the wart is covered, which stops it spreading. The cream is applied each night, after rubbing away the top of the wart with a pumice stone, and the wart is destroyed after four to six weeks.

It is too dangerous to put corrosive chemicals on the fingers when warts are around the nail, but I use an old trick which was used by my wise GP when I was a boy.

Cover the wart with a waterproof or plain zinc oxide plaster - without a central cloth pad. Keep renewing this to exclude the air for several weeks. The skin will go soggy, and so will the wart. Eventually, it should come away with the plaster.

Teacher: Michael
Many articles taken from 'A word with the doctor', by Dr. John Windsor.

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