The following nontraditional treatments have worked for some people, but no evidence shows they're any better than salicylic acid and cryotherapy:
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- Zinc. This is available as an ointment you apply to the wart or as a pill. The oral form may be particularly effective in people with a zinc deficiency.
- Silver nitrate. This is available as a solution or ointment you apply to the wart.
- Smoke. Some people showed benefit from treating their wart in a "smoke box" with smoke from burnt leaves of a type of poplar tree called Populus euphratica.
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