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Thursday
Sep092010

4 Ways to Get Rid of Warts

Anyone who has experienced plantar warts knows what a nuisance they can be. Caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV), they appear on the bottoms of feet as small, fleshy bumps; hard, flat growths with a rough surface and well-defined boundaries; or gray or brown lumps with tiny pinprick-size black dots.

To help avoid getting plantar warts, avoid areas known to harbor the virus, including warm, moist places such as shower floors, locker rooms and public swimming pools. Always wear shower thongs or sandals when you use a public locker room or shower, and use foot powders and change your socks often to keep feet dry.
To treat plantar warts, you have a number of options:

  1. Leave them alone. Most will disappear without treatment, sooner or later.
  2. Try a “paint on” solution. Look for an over-the-counter treatment containing a 40 percent salicylic acid, and apply once or twice a day for a few weeks.
  3. Try the “duct tape treatment.” Simply cover the warts with duct tape for six days then soak in water and rub gently with an emery board or pumice stone. You may have to repeat the process over the course of a month or two before the warts disappear, but a study published in the October 2002 Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine found that the duct tape method worked better than having a doctor freeze the warts off with liquid nitrogen, which can be painful and cause scarring.
  4. Try visualization. I recommend spending a few minutes each day picturing the growths shrinking. If you need help coming up with images, you can listen to recordings made by practitioners skilled in guided imagery and clinical hypnosis. It may be most effective to do this when waking and falling asleep. This mind-over-matter method can work remarkably well, so try it first, before resorting to acids, duct tape, lasers, or surgery.

More information on plantar warts.

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Reader Comments (4)

I used apple cider vinegar on my daughter's stubborn wart that was resistant to everything the skin doctor tried - for months.
You first spread vaseline around the wart (not on it) to protect the surrounding area, then dab a bit of the vinegar on the wart itself. Cover with a bandage and wear overnight.

My daughter's wart was gone in 7 days. The dermatologist was speechless.

September 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterStan

I had a wart on my wrist for over 5 years..Finally one day I decided to get rid of it: I used salicylic acid and put some duct tape over it - I filed it down every night (and replaced the duct tape) and it was gone in about a week.

September 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterStacy

Take some magnesium long term (6 months) and warts will go away slowly.

September 12, 2010 | Unregistered Commentertexmex

Rough up and tape the inside of a banana peel on a plantar's wardt. Gone soon!

September 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSword Fern
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