Reasons Causing Wart Treatment to Fail & How a New Generation of Wart Removers Solves these Problems


Most Wart Treatments don’t Really Work

Except for surgically taking warts off, all other treatments work less than half the time with one to three months of treatment!  These numbers are similar to the chances of your wart going away on its own with no treatment (placebo), which can take years.

Even if they do work the chances your wart coming back can be as high as 50%. This is another way of saying the wart appeared to go away but was really never entirely destroyed and just grew back.

Even surgically removed warts may come back. These are dismal numbers. We live this reality every day in dermatology offices across the country.  Patients who are not candidates to have their warts taken off surgically are coming back every 3 weeks for 2, 3, or 4 months or more. Often times with minimal or no improvement.

The Good News: Breakthrough Prescription Wart Remover has Arrived!

There has been very little improvement or change in the way we treat warts for decades. I have been practicing dermatology for 15 years and nothing has changed with wart treatment. No change in plantar wart treatment, no change in flat wart treat, no change in genital wart treatment, and no really new methods of wart removal.

Later on, in the article, I will tell you how one of America’s top compounding pharmacies put in the hard work and developed a wart remover that really works. I will also detail how I became the first expert in its use, writing 4 peer-reviewed articles along the way.

You must first understand why most wart treatments fail. Only then can you can understand why this new treatment works so well, and why it is a breakthrough,

Doctors are Writing Articles How to Explain to Your Patients that Wart Treatments don’t Work!

This is not an exaggeration as is illustrated by a quote from an article in Clinical Reviews titled “Most Problematic Warts Have no Sure Treatment” written by someone with over 20 years of dermatology experience in dermatology. 

Here is an excerpt: 

Perhaps worst of all, no treatment modality is a “sure thing,” so the patient may go through the process and get very little in return.

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This combination of issues is why, in dermatology, the first thing we do is to discuss the situation thoroughly with the patient (and parents). My typical conversation starts like this: “You know, you’ve brought us a very difficult problem to treat. This is an infection caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), which can grow deep and does not elicit much of an immune response. We don’t have drugs or shots to kill the virus. And, as if this were not enough of a problem, none of our treatment choices is remotely perfect. They might not work, and most are sure to cause pain.” Then, of course, I review the treatment options one by one.”
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A similar sentiment is echoed by Dermatologist Dr. Sigfried in her article  Can treating warts do more harm than good? Below is an excerpt

The therapeutic pipeline has not been as successful for warts and molluscum, possibly the most common of the benign, self-limited childhood skin diseases seen by dermatologists. Cryotherapy may be the most popular treatment, but one round has a 50% success rate, likely no higher than placebo.


After 15 years as a Dermatology Physician Assistant, working with some of the best Dermatologists in southern California I saw absolutely no progress in how warts were treated. 

Warts can be Devastating for all Kind of People

I decided I needed to do better for my patients. Warts cause pain, embarrassment, kids getting teased at school, athletes with painful plantar warts on their feet, and grandparents with hand warts who were afraid to touch their grandkids. Genital warts affect people’s relationships, sex life, and self-esteem. The list of how warts can affect your life are endless. 

After an especially frustrating day treating warts at the clinic, I started researching, hoping to find something that would really work for warts. I had to do better than “no treatment may be the best option” with my patients suffering from warts.

You Need to Know what your Doctor May Not Tell you

As a person considering or going through wart treatment, you kneed to know about this high failure and recurrence rate.  Generally, your medical provider will not share this unhappy news with you.

Below are the three problems that cause wart treatments to fail.

At the end of this article, I will explain how I discovered and became the only expert in the use of prescription compounded formulas that cure 95% of warts in 1-2 weeks. But to better understand why these formulas work, you need to understand why current treatments don’t work.

3 Reasons that Cause Wart Treatment to Fail

Many people want to know “are warts contagious”. The answer is 100% yes. Warts are caused by an HPV virus.  This virus finds its way through a damaged skin barrier (think scrapes, tiny cracks, or cuts). It mutates healthy cells and then starts growing very fast. 

The immune system is slow to recognize and kill the wart because it camouflages itself well. Most warts, if not treated, will go away on their own in 1-3 years.  Many cases go longer.

The cases that last longer are the ones that are more widespread. This may indicate that the patient’s immune system has a genetic weakness and has a hard time getting rid of the wart.   This brings us to the first reason why wart treatments don’t work.                                            

#1. Topical Wart Medications don’t Stay Only on the Wart:  

Warts are growing fast and produce many layers of dead skin, which create a kind of armor. All those layers of dead skin have to be removed before topical medication reaches the warts. 

This difficulty penetrating the dead skin to reach the living wart is one of the reasons it takes an average of 1-3 for salicylic acid wart remover to work slightly better than doing nothing at all. The salicylic acid wart removers available are liquids or gels do not stay just on the wart but migrate to healthy skin, which does not have this protective armor that the wart does. 

Within days to weeks, healthy skin becomes sensitive and painful. This is the number one reason that treatment fails. Your skin gets too irritated, and you have to stop the treatment.

#2. They don’t Kill the Entire Wart: 

This may seem obvious. Let me explain.   Except for getting a shot of local anesthetic and having the wart burned off, which only possible for the minority of warts, most wart treatments are not powerful or targeted enough to kill the entire wart. 

They usually only kill some of the wart, and just like a tumor, if you don’t destroy the whole thing it just grows right back.   

OTC wart freeze products are too week to kill anything but the smallest warts. The most common treatment at the doctor’s office is Freezing warts. It is typically not done too hard. This is to avoid permanent pain, scarring. Hard freezing works better but causes more damage to healthy skin.

OTC salicylic acid wart remover is actually the most “effective” non-surgical method of treating a wart, which is to say only slightly more effective than waiting for the wart to go away on its own.  But it takes 1-3 months of treatment to get even this modest effect. This is nobody’s idea of fast or effective.

#3. Wart Treatments do not Selectively Kill Warts:  

Surgical removal, in skilled hands, works well because the surgeon can tell the difference between wart tissue and healthy tissue. This means all the wart tissue can be removed while damaging as little normal tissue as possible.

Salicylic acid wart remover burns away both healthy cells and wart cells at the same rate. Not killing wart cells any faster, which is a problem because the wart cells are growing 10x faster than normal skin.

Freezing warts is like using a shotgun when you need a sniper rifle. It usually does not penetrate deep enough to kill the root of the wart. Just like a shotgun, the freezing created too wide a path of destruction, creating much damage to healthy skin.

A Compounding Pharmacy Creates a Truly Effective Wart Remover!

The most effective prescription wart remover is called Verrumal and is only available in Europe. It had the highest success rate of any wart remover. 62% with an average treatment time of 7 weeks using it 2-3 times a day.  This was the most effective wart treatment on the market but it still took a long time to work and still did not have a high success rate. 

This was a big clue.  This medication, a synergy of two ingredients, salicylic acid to remove the dead skin cells that protect warts and 5-Flourouracil (a commonly used dermatology drug) a drug that targets the fast-growing wart cells.  In the U.S these medications are not available together. Dermatologists have long used compounding pharmacies to create combinations of medications that are not sold on the commercial market.

Don’t Just put the Wart Remover on…. Glue it on!

I began to research compounding pharmacies that I could use to make a similar medication. I found a world-class compounding pharmacy that had developed a patented medical glue that they had had success putting these two wart medications in!  They had documented its effectiveness on the most difficult of all warts to treat, plantar wart.

I dried quickly, and slowly released the wart medications. This enhanced absorption of the wart medications and also caused less irritation to normal skin.

I waited for an opportunity to use it and I didn’t have to wait long because I had about 3 patients a day with warts that I had treated 3 or more times without success.

Finally Success.  A Cure rate of 95% in just 1-2 weeks!

The results were amazing!  Patients would come in after using the medications with their warts totally white (dead). This dead white wart would peel off or be removed to reveal wart-free skin.

This was in 2017. Now having treated over 1000 patients with a success rate of 95% in 1-2 weeks I can say without a doubt that this is the best wart remover!

Besides being more effective and faster acting than any other treatment except surgical removal it had on other huge advantages. A very low recurrence rate. 

Almost no warts came back.  When warts come back it means there were never completely destroyed in the first place. This was further proof that this medicine did an amazing job of completely destroying the wart


The bottom line as to why your wart treatment is failing is because they don’t work well, to begin with!  Failure rates are high, recurrence rates are high and there has been no progress in decades until the development of these prescription compounded medications

Warts can Now be Treated by Online Consultation

When I started telling my friends and family about the amazing success I was having with these compounded medications, they would send pictures of the wart to me asking me if that medication would work.  I would prescribe the compounded wart remover and they would send me pictures during and after their treatment.

It worked as well as seeing them in person. This is how I got the idea to make these medications and my expertise with them, available through telemedicine.  Now I can help patients beyond the four walls of my office.  This is the digital age after all!

Dr. Blake Galler is a board-certified dermatologist and medical director of FixWarts.com.  He was trained at Brooke Army Medical Center. After spending eight years in the Army, He now works as a dermatologist serving our veterans at the VA hospital in Anchorage Alaska. 

Steven Leon MS, PA-C, is the founder of FixWarts.com is a dermatology physician assistant with 15 years of experience and 17 nationally published articles He Currently practices at Dermatology and Laser Center of Simi Valley.  

The fine print! This article is not, nor is it intended to be, a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and should never be relied upon for specific medical advice. It’s always best to talk to a doctor.

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