How Do I Get Rid of Armpit Warts?

Patrick Lynch

The sight of armpit warts can be disturbing, but fortunately, there are a number of removal methods, some of which require surgery but others which can be handled with simpler solutions. A contagious virus causes warts but you can get rid of them by using duct tape, hot water, and having some patience. Another way to remove armpit warts is by using salicylic acid. In more extreme cases, surgery may be warranted. Surgical options include the use of lasers or liquid nitrogen.

A nail file may be used to remove armpit warts after soaking in a warm bath.
A nail file may be used to remove armpit warts after soaking in a warm bath.

Armpit warts occur because of the human papillomavirus virus (HPV), which is contagious and is transmitted from one person to another via physical contact. It should be noted that warts in the armpit are not dangerous, they are merely unpleasant to look at. Although the armpit is not usually visible to others, removing these warts is important for many people who dislike looking at them in the mirror and feeling them on their skin.

Duct tape can be used to remove armpit warts.
Duct tape can be used to remove armpit warts.

There are many non-surgical methods of removing these kind of warts. One of the simplest involves shaving your armpit, placing duct tape over the wart and leaving the tape on for about a week. Once the time has elapsed, you should take a warm bath for a few minutes, making sure the wart remains underwater for the duration. You should then use a nail file or pumice stone to file off the armpit wart tissue which will have become loose after the bath. This process can then be repeated until the wart has been removed.

Warts can be also removed by using liquid nitrogen.
Warts can be also removed by using liquid nitrogen.

Salicylic acid is another solution and can be found in medication which does not require a prescription. Warts are generally filled with keratin, which is a type of protein, and salicylic acid is known to break down keratin. Application of medication containing salicylic acid can help remove the external wart tissue. You should follow the medication instructions and keep applying the product until the wart is successfully removed.

Freezing warts, whether on the face or elsewhere on the body, with liquid nitrogen often causes blisters to form where the treatment was performed.
Freezing warts, whether on the face or elsewhere on the body, with liquid nitrogen often causes blisters to form where the treatment was performed.

If you have stubborn armpit warts, a surgical procedure may be the only effective method of removal. Freezing warts with liquid nitrogen will often remove them. The liquid nitrogen produces a blister underneath the wart. Eventually, the blister will fall off and the wart will come off along with the skin. Laser surgery, which employs a carbon dioxide laser to burn off the armpit warts is also available if other treatments are unsuccessful.

Shaving one's armpit is one step involved with removing an armpit wart.
Shaving one's armpit is one step involved with removing an armpit wart.

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Discussion Comments

anon965740

You can also tie a string around around the base of it and it should just fall right off after a while. That cuts the blood flow to the wart, which kills it.

fBoyle

@turquoise-- Why don't you try salicylic acid?

Salicylic acid toners might be difficult to deal with but there are also salicylic acid creams that you can use.

donasmrs

@turquoise-- My husband got rid of his wart with vinegar but it took a very long time. I think it took more than a month. He was so patient about it. He soaked a cotton ball in vinegar and taped it to the wart every night before going to bed. He renewed the cotton ball daily.

If you don't mind waiting so long and smelling like vinegar every day, then go for it. I personally prefer wart treatment at the dermatologist's office. Some people think that treatment with liquid nitrogen costs too much considering how simple it is. But it takes less than a week for the wart to fall off so I think that it's worth it.

turquoise

I've heard very good things about the duct tape method for wart removal. But I'm afraid that it's going to be tough to do it on an armpit wart. Especially because I have no one to help me. Plus, I'd be worried about cutting the wart and causing an infection while shaving my underarm.

I need a safer and easier treatment. I think I'm going to try vinegar first. Has anyone successfully treated their warts with vinegar?

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