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Wart Removal Cost


How Much Does Wart Removal Cost?

 
low costOver-the-counter: $30average costIntralesional or pulsed dye laser therapy: $190-$360high cost3-4 visits of cryotherapy: $610
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  Typical costs:
  • The cost of wart removal varies based on the size and number of warts, their location on the body and the method of treatment used. Warts are caused by the human papillomavirus, and can be contagious or cause irritation and pain; removal generally is covered by health insurance. The American Academy of Family Physicians[1] offers a primer on warts.
  • Wart removal typically costs $30 or less for home treatment with an over-the-counter product.
  • Wart removal typically costs about $190 total for intralesional immunotherapy, a relatively new removal method that usually requires three treatments.
  • Wart removal typically costs about $360 total for pulsed dye laser therapy, which usually requires one to three treatments.
  • Wart removal typically costs $610 total for cryotherapy -- or, freezing. That includes and initial visit and three to four follow-up treatments.
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What should be included:
  • Most over-the-counter products use salicylic acid, and come in various forms -- including gel, liquid, solid stick and stick-on strips or pads.
  • In intralesional immunotherapy, the physician injects an antigen into the wart, stimulating the immune system to clear the virus causing the wart. If the patient has other warts, those often disappear as well.
  • In pulsed dye laser therapy, the physician uses a laser to cauterize the blood vessels that supply the wart; deprived of blood supply, the wart usually sloughs off.
  • In cryotherapy, the physician sometimes pares the skin over the wart, then applies liquid nitrogen to the wart for 10 and 30 seconds and puts a bandage over the wart. Cryotherapy usually is used for plantar warts -- warts on the bottom of the foot that have grown inward because of the pressure of walking -- and often for common warts.
Additional costs:
  • Multiple warts can be more expensive to treat -- sometimes as much as triple the cost, depending on the type of treatment.
  • Not all treatments are effective, and multiple treatments sometimes must be used before total removal can be achieved. Sometimes a chemotherapeutic agent, Bleomycin, is used as a last-resort treatment for warts that do not respond to other therapies. It usually requires only one treatment, and costs about $495.
Discounts:
  • Tip: For less than $10, duct tape can be used at home to remove a wart not on the genitals or face, but it can take up to two months. The American Academy of Family Physicians[2] gives instructions
  • Warts often will clear up on their own if left alone, but this can take months or years.
Shopping for wart removal:
  • Warts can sometimes be self-treated with over-the-counter products, but this can take weeks or months. People with diabetes or other major illnesses, or those who are concerned about scarring at the site of the wart, should see a doctor. Walgreens.com and CVS.com offer a variety of non-prescription treatments.
  • Warts also can be professionally removed by a general practitioner or a dermatologist. Genital warts should always be treated by a professional. Consult your general practitioner about treatment. Or, The American Academy of Dermatology[3] offers a list of board-certified dermatologists by location.
Material on this page is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice. Always consult your physician or pharmacist regarding medications or medical procedures.
 
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What People Are Paying - Recent Comments
Cryotherapy removal - no insurance
Amount: $200.00 total
Posted by: Michael1983z in Overland Park, KS.Posted: March 13th, 2018 09:03PM
Type of Treatment: Cryotherapy (liquid nitrogen)
Quoted $50 on the phone per wart. Charged $100 by the office. Cash price.
Treated one on the top of the hand and one on the outer thigh after OTC treatments failed.
Two weeks later the scabs are falling off and seem to be healing well. 34 yo male.
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Cost of wart removal
Amount: $178.00 total
Posted by: Mommy74 in Port huron, MI.Posted: January 2nd, 2018 03:01PM
Type of Treatment: Cantharidin liquid
Doctor applied Cantharidin “beetle juice” . Took 2 weeks to fall off. Didn’t know it was going to cost 178.00. Wish I would have bought salicylic acid and kept applying and covering wart for less then $20. Never had a wart so didn’t know what it was on child’s foot. (Live and learn).
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Warts on lower abdomen
Amount: $400.00 total
Posted by: Berenice castro in Bellflower, CA.Posted: August 4th, 2017 09:08AM
Type of Treatment: Cryotherapy/aldera
I've dealt with these for the last 3 years. They come and go. I had planter warts when i was youngerand treated them myself because the doctors just kept freezing them. Out ofdesparation i used dr scholls
Corn remover and left it on for about a week. Those suckers came out with the root and never were seen again. But now they are on my pelvis and I'm about to do the same because freezing is not working and I've spent enough cash.
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Common wart removal
Amount: $20.00 total
Posted by: Whitneychan in Fullerton, CA.Posted: February 11th, 2017 11:02PM
Type of Treatment: Cryo
$20 copay at doctors, took multiple treatments. but DAMN SON i would be shook if i had to pay $360
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Dog's Small Wart Removable in between ties
Amount: $20.00 total
Posted by: Mark R. in Longwood, FL.Posted: October 20th, 2016 09:10AM
Type of Treatment: Home Based Redemy
We just went thru a huge batteries of tested for our two little babies.
For some reason, they end up growing back or new ones appear
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Small pin head wart on thumb
Amount: $254.00 total
Posted by: manbearpig4lfe in Milwaukee, WI.Posted: June 13th, 2016 04:06PM
Type of Treatment: Cryotherapy
Both visits were $254. Both times insurance was billed $399 and the contractual adjustment was -$145. I had to do two visits and I feel like it still may need one more.
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Expensive Plantar Wart Removal
Amount: $843.00 total
Posted by: Expensive Wart Removal in Sheboygan, WI.Posted: May 17th, 2015 11:05AM
Type of Treatment: Cryo therapy
For teenager, two visits to get rid of two plantar warts on foot, total bill was 843.00, of which the patient portion pay was 662.70.
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warts on fingers
Amount: $360.00 total
Posted by: sorrysonia in east brunswick, NJ.Posted: August 13th, 2014 02:08AM
Type of Treatment: removal and liquid nitrogen
after having one burned off of pinky finger...cauterized also...by dermatologist...in only 3 weeks, seven more appeared...two at a time, now large. they spread from nuckel to first joint bone at end of pinky finger, and one appeared on ring finger of other hand. needless to say, I wont touch the single one, I cover it with bandaid, and the seven...ive tried everything. ive been back to derm who has sprayed them twice..liquid nitro does absolutely nothing what so ever....they just got bigger. next is lazer surgery...im depressed over this and I have no money for lazer...wish some dr. can do a charity case in the brunwick area...lol..ive had enough with cancer and surgeries, this is the icing on the cake...I got to be 57 and found out what it was to have a wart.....and than some.
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