How to Get Rid of a Stubborn Wart: Proven Methods for Quick Removal

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

Warts are common skin growths that can develop on hands and feet from viruses. While many warts will go away on their own over time, some warts become stubborn and refuse to clear up. Stubborn warts can be frustrating to deal with. This guide will discuss some effective home remedies you can try to treat and remove even the most stubborn of warts.

How to get rid of stubborn warts?

One of the most effective natural treatments for stubborn warts is apple cider vinegar. Soak a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar and secure it to the wart with a bandaid, leaving it on for 6-8 hours per day. The vinegar helps dry out the wart by killing the virus. Repeat this daily until the wart falls off, which can take 1-2 weeks. The acid in the vinegar is very effective at removing stubborn warts with consistent use.

Other home remedies

For warts on hands, try applying a small amount of duct tape directly over the wart every night before bed. The stickiness and occlusion of the tape can help remove a wart within 1-4 weeks. You can also mix castor oil or tea tree oil with baking soda to make a paste and apply it to the wart 2-3 times per day. Both oils have antiviral properties to combat stubborn wart viruses. For plantar warts on the feet, try using over-the-counter salicylic acid patches or liquids designed to treat warts.

When to see a doctor

If homemade remedies don’t work after a few weeks, it’s a good idea to schedule an appointment with your doctor or dermatologist for more aggressive treatment. They may try freezing the wart with liquid nitrogen or applying stronger salicylic acid treatments. For very large, stubborn warts, doctors may recommend getting them surgically removed. Seeing a medical professional is also important if warts start bleeding excessively during self-treatment or appear to be spreading.


With consistent use of natural remedies like apple cider vinegar soaks or duct tape, many stubborn warts can be resolved without seeing a doctor. But some cases require medical treatment. Be patient, as it can take weeks of daily application for very stubborn warts to fully disappear. And see a doctor immediately if you notice any changes or signs of infection in the warts.

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