I was alerted to this not too sensible way of treating warts (H/T Doctor Grumpy) --- Security guard tries to remove wart from finger with a shotgun (bold emphasis is mine)
A SECURITY guard from South Yorkshire shot himself in the hand to try to remove a wart from his finger.Sean Murphy, 38, lost most of his left middle finger after using the stolen 12-bore Beretta shotgun at a garden centre in Doncaster. ……But he said: “The best thing is that the wart has gone. It was giving me lot of trouble.” ………
- Every night for 2 weeks, clean the wart with soap and water and put 17% salicylic acid gel (one brand name: Compound W) on it.
- After putting on the gel, cover the wart with a piece of 40% salicylic acid pad (one brand name: Mediplast). Cut the pad so that it is a little bit bigger than the wart. The pad has a sticky backing that will help it stay on the wart.
- Leave the pad on the wart for 24 hours. If the area becomes very sore or red, stop using the gel and pad and call your doctor's office.
- After you take the pad off, clean the area with soap and water, put more gel on the wart and put on another pad. If you are very active during the day and the pad moves off the wart, you can leave the area uncovered during the day and only wear the pad at night.