Take two or three cents worth of sal ammoniac, dissolve it in a gill of soft water, and wet the warts frequently with this solution, when they will disappear in the course of a week or two. I have frequently tried this cure for warts, and it has never failed. A. P. [We are inclined to believe in the efficacy of our correspondent's cure for common warts, because we know that alkaline solutions softens them, and gradually eats them away, as it were. We have removed some of these unpleasant skin excresences with a weak solution of potash applied in the same manner as the sal ammoniac.—EDS.
This article was originally published with the title "Harmless and Sure Cure for Warts" in Scientific American 13, 38, 299 (May 1858)