Alternative medicine

By Mayo Clinic Staff

The following alternative treatments have worked for some people, but no evidence shows they're any better than salicylic acid and cryotherapy:

  • 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.
April 09, 2015