How to remove filiform warts

By Max. D Gray. Updated: January 16, 2017
How to remove filiform warts

If you're faced with the awkward position of having a filiform wart, we'll give you a few tips about how to get rid of those warts that are so embarrassing and unsightly. Filiform warts are small and long and sometimes are in the form of branches. Although they are generally harmless, some strains of HPV are associated with other health risks, including genital warts and cervical cancer. Read this article to discover how you can remove these filiform warts that bother you so much. At we suggest you consult a doctor or dermatologist to advise you on the best solution.

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Steps to follow:

One of the best home remedies for removing warts is to apply a potato to the affected area. Simply wash a potato. The potassium and other nutrients of the potato are absorbed through the skin and act against HPV. Ideally, use Russet potatoes, sliced, about 1/4 inch thick so you can apply them over the filiform warts.

How to remove filiform warts - Step 1

After cutting the potatoes in slices, put them on top of the area and secure them with a bandage. Then, leave them on overnight so that they can have an effect on the filiform warts.


Apply a little Vaseline on the skin around the wart, but not on top of it. This way, you'll protect the healthy skin from getting irritated due to contact with the potato.


In the case of genital filiform warts, they're often a symptom of HPV which is a sexually transmitted disease and you'll need to consult a doctor if this is the case. To eliminate this type of wart, surgery is often recommended. But before deciding to undergo serious intervention, you can surround the wart with a hair wrapped tightly and then using it to essentially "choke" it, thus removing the wart. You can cut the remaining hair0 that is left over after you've tied it to the wart so that it's undetectable.


Another common home remedy is to grind coriander and make a poultice with it and then apply it to the wart. You'll need to follow these treatments for a few months.

How to remove filiform warts - Step 5

The definitive treatment is more invasive and includes surgical removal of the wart and its root. Cryosurgery can be performed using liquid nitrogen, salicylic acid or blistering agents. Other methods include the application of a variety of topical or injected chemicals to stimulate the immune system response, or burn the wart with a laser beam.

How to remove filiform warts - Step 6

Another option is Cryosurgery. This includes special chemicals, primarily liquid nitrogen to freeze the growth of the wart cells. This causes the cells to burst and the warts to be destroyed. This treatment should be repeated after 2-3 weeks for a few months, to completely get rid of the virus causing the warts.


An innovative way to remove filiform warts is using immunotherapy, which induces an allergic reaction at the site of warts in the patient, using a chemical agent that reacts quickly to the defensive system. It causes the warts to disappear quickly.

This article is merely informative, oneHOWTO does not have the authority to prescribe any medical treatments or create a diagnosis. We invite you to visit your doctor if you have any type of condition or pain.

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  • They're more common in children than in adults, although they can develop at any age. They usually appear on the eyelids, face or neck.

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Valentin Bogatu
My name is Valentin Bogatu. I am a PhD in Physics. My father was a very good MD. Unfortunately he is buried 100 km away from where I am staying now. :) Then you for the last remark `we invite you to visit your doctor`. :):):)
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