They are also known to recur even after having been treated properly. To begin with, you want to contain the problem so that it cannot spread to other parts of the body. Having said that, you should be careful after touching the area affected.
Wash hands thoroughly and use a hand sanitizer. Also, try to keep the area as dry as possible. Moist areas are breeding grounds for common warts. If you keep it dry, it will make it difficult to spread. In public, always wear shoes or flip flops in pool areas, gyms and in showers. Never use clippers, files or scissors used by someone who has warts. This can easily spread the virus. If necessary, simply sterilize the item beforehand.
Aside from that, you can successfully treat them at home. You can purchase an over-the-counter ointment or medication that is applied directly on the wart. You may also choose from patches, again applied on it. All you need to do is follow manufacturers instructions. This could require you to soak the area, too.
These solutions and patches contain salicylic acid, usually 17%. Anything stronger will require a prescription by a doctor. Basically, they work by peeling off the skin. This could take several weeks. However, it's not for everyone. If you have diabetes or a weakened immune system, or are pregnant, you should consult your doctor before trying them.
Another option you have is the least expensive of all. Here, you'll need to go into your toolbox and reach for your duct tape. As silly as this may sound, there have been positive studies regarding this form of treatment. In fact, it was even compared side-by-side with cryotherapy. Duct tape came out the winner. However, this study was shot down by others later. In truth, it can be very effective, and because it's so expensive, it's worth trying. It's also a good way to avoid having cryotherapy which can be uncomfortable and painful.
Alternative medicine is often full of great ideas and solutions that could work. With common warts, you could try and oil-based garlic solution or vitamin D3 patches. Both of these have been shown to work as well. But, as we are all individuals, some things may not work on us while they work fabulously on others. The important thing is to try these different solutions until you find what works.
So, you should research the subject. You should definitely research the subject if you're using or about to be using a more unconventional method, like the alternative medicine treatments. By doing so, you will be more informed and be able to make a better decision for yourself. The good news is that you have time on your side. As common warts are not going to pose any serious threat to you, you can try and test various methods.