Insect Wart Removal

Blister Beetle F

Black Margined Blister Beetle Feeding On Pollen

Warts are a growth on the skin often caused by a virus. Warts can be unsightly or irritating. There are a variety of ways to remove warts. One method of wart removal is treatment with a dilute solution of cantharidin, a blistering agent produced by blister beetles. The cantharidin is coated on the wart and a moist patch placed on the skin. The cantharidin causes the surrounding skin to blister and die. The skin and the wart fall off in less than one week. Unlike some surgical removal of warts, cantharidin does not leave a scar. New skin grow to replace the lost skin.

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Jonathan Neal is an Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University and author of the textbook, Living With Insects (2010). This blog is a forum to communicate about the intersection of insects with people and policy. This is a personal blog. The opinions and materials posted here are those of the author and are in no way connected with those of my employer.
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