How Can I Remove Eye Warts?

Fresh garlic may be rubbed on eye warts to help remove the growths.
Lemon balm may be used as a home remedy to treat eye warts.
If home remedies fail, eye warts may be removed by a medical professional using laser treatment.
Apple cider vinegar might be helpful with removing warts.
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  • Written By: N. Madison
  • Edited By: Jenn Walker
  • Last Modified Date: 16 September 2014
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Eye warts are growths that develop on the skin around the eye and on the eyelid as a result of an infection with human papillomavirus. The first step in treating eye warts may be seeing a doctor and getting his advice for doing so. You can then choose to treat the warts at home with an over-the-counter (OTC) treatment that contains salicylic acid or with a home remedy such as garlic or tea tree oil. If these treatments do not work or the warts are large and bothersome, you could then consider medical treatments, such as removal via laser or liquid nitrogen.

Before treating eye warts on your own, you may do well to seek the evaluation of a doctor. A medical professional can provide a definite diagnosis, making sure you don't mistakenly treat yourself for warts when you actually have a different type of medical condition. He can also recommend OTC medications or prescribe medications that can help you get rid of the warts as quickly as possible. Additionally, he can tell you how to avoid getting wart medications in your eye and offer steps to take if you accidentally do get the medication in your eye.

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OTC remedies can prove effective for treating eye warts. Medications that contain salicylic acid are commonly available to get rid of these growths. With this type of treatment, you apply the salicylic acid each day, removing the dead skin as necessary. Eventually, this will get rid of the wart. It is important to keep in mind that warts can prove stubborn and take a long time to go away. As such, you could spend weeks or months treating these growths and waiting for them to disappear.

Some people use home remedies to treat eye warts. For example, you could try rubbing fresh garlic on the growths or applying tea tree, lemon balm, or dandelion oil to the affected area. Some people also report that apple cider vinegar is a good treatment for warts. While you can try alternative remedies when you want to treat eye warts, it's important to remember that such treatments are not proven effective. As such, you may do well to switch to another treatment option if a home remedy seems ineffective after a reasonable amount of time. If the treatments you attempt cause significant irritation, you may also benefit from seeing a doctor.

In some cases, OTC and home remedies are not enough to successfully treat eye warts. In such a case, you may need to see a skin doctor for laser treatments or cryotherapy, which involves using liquid nitrogen to freeze off the warts. You may also consider having minor surgery to remove them.

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fify
Post 3

I had cryotherapy done for my eye wart. It only took a few minutes and the wart fell off after a few days. It wasn't painful either. I highly recommend this procedure.

If the wart was on my hand or arm, I would have tried to treat it at home. But I agree that the eye is very important and the eye area is sensitive. So I decided to get cryotherapy which my doctor suggested.

There isn't a scar, there is just a slight discoloration if I look closely in the mirror. I don't think that's a big deal though. Overall, I'm happy that I got it done.

SarahGen
Post 2

@literally45-- Vinegar is often used to get rid of warts. There are two ways of applying it. You can soak a cotton ball in vinegar and tape it on top of the wart overnight. Or you can apply the vinegar directly on the wart several times a day.

Obviously, the first method is not possible for an eye wart. When you're using wart medications around the eye, you have to be extremely careful not to get any in the eye. The skin around the eye is also sensitive and these remedies can cause irritation.

If the wart is not too close to the eye, then you can try using a cotton swab to apply some vinegar directly on the wart. You can do the same with salicylic acid or castor oil. But please be careful. If the wart is very close to the eye, you should have a dermatologist treat it.

literally45
Post 1

Has anyone used vinegar to remove eye warts? How do I use it?

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