Fast Solutions: How to Get Rid of Plantar Warts Quickly and Permanently

Dr. Ahmad Chaudhry M.B.B.S.
By Dr. Ahmad Chaudhry M.B.B.S.
Updated on November 15, 2023

Plantar warts can be frustrating skin growths on the bottom of the feet. While they are usually harmless, they can be painful and unsightly. The good news is that with the right treatment plan, you may be able to get rid of plantar warts quite rapidly, within just a few weeks.

How to get rid of plantar warts fast?

One of the quickest ways to remove plantar warts is by applying over-the-counter salicylic acid treatments daily. Look for creams, patches or liquids with at least 17% salicylic acid concentration. Thoroughly clean and dry the wart before applying the treatment. Reapply salicylic acid products once or twice per day, letting it fully dry in between. This helps dissolve the outer layers of the wart quickly. Be consistent and you may see results within a few weeks.

Other fast-acting home remedies

For additional fast remedies, try using over-the-counter cryotherapy treatments that rapidly freeze warts off. Apply according to package instructions. Repeating cryotherapy treatments every few days leads to quicker wart removal. Duct tape is also effective when redressed daily – it suffocates the wart fast. Applying fresh apple cider vinegar to the wart with a cotton ball 2-3 times per day may remove it rapidly too due to its high acid content.

When to seek accelerated professional help

If home treatments have not worked within 2-3 weeks, see your doctor. They can perform faster therapies like prescription salicylic acid, strong cryotherapy using liquid nitrogen, or more invasive procedures like burning or surgical cutting. Laser removal in a doctor’s office also quickly eliminates warts. Consider these accelerated options for large, stubborn warts or if quick removal is important before an event.


With diligent daily use of over-the-counter salicylic acid treatments or other fast-acting remedies, most plantar warts can be removed within 1-4 weeks. For any warts resistant to home care, see your podiatrist or dermatologist for accelerated professional therapies to get warts gone rapidly. Consistency is key for swift plantar wart removal.

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