Kissing Frogs?



Chad Straughan

Kissing Frogs?

Have you kissed a frog lately and now dealing with the repercussions?  No, I am not talking about your most recent blind date.  I am referring to your warts and not of the genital kind.  First off, the cause of the wart is not from kissing frogs.  Warts are caused by a virus living near the surface of the skin causing inflammation.  As a result, the skin develops a raised area often referred to as a wart.  Despite their appearance, most warts are harmless.  Dermatologist often recommend trying over the counter treatments such as salicylic acid in a 17% concentration and pumicing the wart daily to remove the dead skin until gone.  Duck tape, yes duck tape, can also be your best friend when trying to get rid of a wart.  Duck tape is reportedly effective at smothering the virus if used consecutively six days or more in conjunction with the topical treatments.  If the wart does not respond to the over the counter treatments, your dermatologist can recommend various compounds that can be created to target the virus from a multidimensional approach.  Have a discussion with your dermatologist about the best approach and targeted compound.  They may also try “killing the virus” by freezing the wart with nitrogen or burning it with a laser.  Keep in mind, warts are caused by a virus, meaning they are contagious and can spread.  If you have a wart, take care of it sooner than later.

Laura Olsen

Houston, TX