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Have you cured Plantar warts?

Asked by ibstubro (12493 points ) June 6th, 2014

If so, how?

I read the responses to a previous thread, and I’d tried most of the methods suggested there.

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kritiper's avatar

Heat might work. I’ve heated a blunt nail only enough to cause a second degree burn and stuck it on the wart. Do so until the pain and itch goes away, then remove the nail. Treat the resulting blister accordingly.
A system that isn’t quite so bad, blister wise, is to place the wart on the hot water faucet spigot (metal spigot) and turn on the hot water and leave the wart in contact until you can no longer stand the pain. Then put it back on the spigot again! Do this three times or more, depending on the size of the little bastard. No blister, and wart is dead (sterilized?) and will heal in time with little or no scar.
Hope this helps! Good luck!

gailcalled's avatar

^^ That takes care of the wart. Now, where do you find a replacement foot?

funkdaddy's avatar

Had a doctor dig one out and bandage it. I believe he used a bit of local anesthetic and I put topical antibiotic on it for a week or so. It healed up well.

I have tried burning one off as well, it works but only if you get the center portion completely. Ideally the outer portion would insulate your foot from the damage, but that wasn’t the case for me. The doctor’s method healed more quickly and has never been back after more than 10 years.

Pandora's avatar

Dr. scholls Dual Action Freeze away seems to have really good review. I have a family member try something like this but I don’t remember if this is the exact same product.
Either way. Get something to freeze it. I remember it seemed to make it hard and then they peeled it away and applied some more till they finally got to the core.

majorrich's avatar

I had a rather large one removed by medical laser. It has not returned.

filmfann's avatar

I also have used Dr. Scholls with mixed results. Yes, that means some good, some ineffective.

hearkat's avatar

I got them when I was a pre-teen taking competitive swim lessons. They had to be cut out by the podiatrist. They never came back.

That was in the late ‘70s, before they realized that they’re caused by viruses. I’m not sure how treatment has changed since that discovery.

DrasticDreamer's avatar

When I was around 13 I started getting warts on my hands, out of nowhere. Most went away on their own, but one on the bottom of my right thumb stuck around and seemed different than the rest had been – bigger, rougher, deeper. My parents bought me a medicated band-aid thing, which worked for me. Made it look as though it had been under water for a long time, and then just fell off and never came back after a while. I have no idea if this was the brand I used, but it looked the same as this: http://www.amazon.com/Dr-Scholls-Clear-Plantar-Remover/dp/B0013ND41U

Coloma's avatar

If I am remembering correctly, I have heard that a homeopathic remedy is banana peels.
Who knows. ? Here;s an interesting article.

www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/wishing-away-warts-/

JLeslie's avatar

Go to a doctor. That’s the way to really get rid of them if the OTC and home remedies aren’t working. That is if you get a doctor who diagnosis them right. One of my first Q’s here was about how a relative of mine was given antifungal cream for warts. Ugh. Luckily, he told me what the doctor prescribed him and I told him that guy was an idiot. He went to another doctor and that doctor took care of the warts. He had a pretty bad case. They never came back after the doctor treated them. This was years ago. I would go directly to a dermatologist or podiatrist.

josie's avatar

Camphor. Apply daily for a couple of weeks.

CWMcCall's avatar

Small patch of Duct tape over it 24/7. Be gone in a week.

SadieMartinPaul's avatar

Plantar warts are viral, so – like a cold or flu – they can’t really be “cured,” just treated. The infection runs its own course.

You could use over-the-counter or prescription salicylic acid to peel-away dead surface skin cells and encourage healing. The infection is under your skin, pushed inward when a layer of hard skin forms over the wart.

If that doesn’t help, a dermatologist can remove a wart by freezing (liquid nitrogen), cauterization, or surgical excision. These invasive methods risk scars and keloids.

I’ve never had the experience myself, but I’ve heard that plantar warts can be extremely painful. I hope you feel better soon.

ibstubro's avatar

I have not tried the product @DrasticDreamer linked to, and I think I’ll give it a try. I hate the acid that eats holes in your skin…all it ever did was make my warts worse, as they blossomed once all the skin was gone.

I tried duct tape, BTW, and I kept it on there 24/7 for, literally months and it never cured them. And I even found some really old duct tape that stuck so tight it was almost like removing a layer of skin getting it off.

Fortunately, @SadieMartinPaul, mine are not too painful, as long as I don’t mess with them! But they are annoying, and I worry about infecting someone else.

Thanks to all who took the time to participate!

CWMcCall's avatar

I re-read my answer and fear it may seem flippant and wanted to offer up some links to validate my assertion that duct tape indeed works. It takes care of skin tags and chiggers as well. I am not a walking festering testament to this stuff. I have only had to tend to one each and so far it has worked flawlessly.
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http://pediatrics.about.com/od/wartsandchildren/a/warts_duct_tape.htm
http://www.mckinley.illinois.edu/Handouts/wart_duct_tape.html
http://www.mckinley.illinois.edu/Handouts/wart_duct_tape.html

JLeslie's avatar

@ibstubro Why haven’t you gone to a dermatologist?

ibstubro's avatar

I tried the duct tape @CWMcCall, faithfully, for months and it never cured them.

Because they don’t hurt @JLeslie, I’m tight fisted, and at the moment I lack health coverage.

JLeslie's avatar

@ibstubro You might want to call a dermatologist and ask how much their fee is for self pay so you can weigh the cost against buying a bunch of OTC products. Just to have all the financial information for an informed decision.

cazzie's avatar

Over the counter stuff didn’t work for me, neither did gaffer tape or any ‘home remedies’. Mine was on the very base of my heel and I couldn’t walk. I needed two freezing sessions at the doctor and she was pretty brutal with the stuff, with my blessing and encouragement. Fixed the damn thing right up.

ibstubro's avatar

Yes, I’ll give it some thought, @JLeslie. I hardly remember at time in my life that I was wart free. Not sure there has been such a time.

JLeslie's avatar

Warts are contagious. If you don’t get rid of them then they can multiply on you. Some people probably are more susceptible than others to growing warts. Are they just on your feet? Do you shower in public places like a gym?

ibstubro's avatar

Yes they are only on my feet, and I do not shower in public places. I remember being down to one wart, and I should have sought treatment then.

Funny, I have a couple of places on my fingers that feel like embedded warts, but they’ve never broken the surface. I suspect that if I had my feet treated, the warts would break out on my hands.

kritiper's avatar

I talked to a guy once who said his uncle had warts. His mother fed him TONS of squash until they went away. Squash is high in vitamin A. (Doubt this info will help but thought I might throw it out here anyway.)

JLeslie's avatar

@ibstubro My suggestion, and I am not a doctor, is call the derm, see if they are going to charge per wart. I really don’t know how that is charged. If you are just charged a flat fee to come in and get treated think about it, because they will zap them all at once. You might need one follow up treatment, but I never have. I never had plantars warts, but I have had two warts removed at separate times at the doctor. I would warn your don’t let them use that extra topical stuff that can be put on after they freeze it if they freeze it. The first time I had a wart removed they just froze it and it heeled perfectly never to show up again. The second one, years later totally different part of my body, the doctor added this stuff after freezing it that I feel was unnecessary and it burned the neighboring skin. I thought they were putting some sort of antibiotic ointment, I’m still annoyed about it. Although, maybe if yours is a tough case that sort of ointment will help? As I said I am not a doctor, just sharing my experience.

Once you get rid of the warts you need to take precautions not to reinfect. Make sure to only get into a dry shower while you are going through your treatment, even in your own house. I would clean it well with bleach every few days while going through your treatment. Also consider using shower shoes for a few weeks even in your own shower. You don’t want to reinfect your own shower. Shoes that you wear without socks you might want to consider throwing them out or doing something to disinfect them. I don’t know how to disenfect them, but maybe there is some sort of spray? Don’t forget slippers are the same deal. If you use slippers consider getting ones you can throw in the washing machine.

cazzie's avatar

My GP has liquid nitrogen equipment in her office. You may not need to go to a specialist.

Warts are a virus and, chances are, we are all carrying a variant or two in our system. Our immune system is what generally stops out breaks. It sounds like you had a mother wart that had babies. Every wart has the potential to have baby warts so it is important to get on top of the situation. You will have to have them removed and then do something to improve your immune system to avoid new outbreaks.

JLeslie's avatar

@cazzie I wonder if GP’s have them here? I guess they probably do. Since my relative had that bad experience with a GP I always think specialist, but I probably shouldn’t base it on one idiot doctor.

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