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Plantar Warts

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Comment from: Water treatment, 35-44 (Patient) Published: January 30

I had really bad plantar warts in my left foot and I could barely walk. I got a foot bath on amazon and they went away in 3 weeks. Most germs and viruses can't live at high temperatures. Use 45 degrees Celsius which is about 113 Fahrenheit 3 times a week for 30 minutes and they should go away in a month. I used tissue to wipe off the dead outer layers every week. This is a non-invasive way. Mine had spread too and the water/heat treatment killed all 8 of mine.

Comment from: Pixelatedlife, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: August 21

I am 3 days in to my treatment of plantar warts and the pain is so much less and it is drying out already. I have combined the duct tape, aspirin and apple cider vinegar and soaking in Epsom salt between taping. So I first soaked in Epsom salt, then used a razor and shaved off the top layer of callus skin on the heel so stuff can get to it (same way all medical assistants do it), then put on aspirin or aspirin/ apple cider vinegar paste (2 acids can be painful long term). On days when out walking aspirin only for me, and duct tape over it.

Comment from: Hamza, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: May 08

I found a perfect cure for the plantar wart as I was having one under my foot. First I visited the doctor who suggested to me to have the wart operated, and I did it. After that I was ok, in bed for 3 weeks and couldn't walk as I had got 6 stiches. After 3 or 4 months I got another one. I read a lot on the internet about its cure, and I concluded that aspirin treats it well, so I chose Disprin. All this took 2 weeks to finish the wart totally. I used to take tissue paper, place a Disprin on it and add drops of water and make paste of Disprin and directly place that on the wart and cover it with the surgical tape. I do it in the morning and remove it at night and sometimes I don't remove it for 2 days, and now no sign of wart or pain.

Comment from: Bobo, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: February 02

I have cured plantar warts 3 or 4 times in my life by taking L-lysine. I discovered this by coincidence when taking L-lysine for cold sores. Take the supplement for 3 or 4 weeks and the wart just goes away. Painless. Research and use judgement for yourself on the recommended dosage and possible side effects. It might have been coincidence but something eliminated the warts each time.

Comment from: Ruth, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 13

I struggled with plantar warts for at least three years and tried a lot of different clinical and home remedies. Initially I saw progress with banana peel (which cured my daughter's warts in three nights but had less dramatic results for me), apple cider vinegar (staggering pain for two nights and then visible improvement but no final victory possibly because I stopped too early the first time; then, after years of other treatments, it wasn't enough to do the trick alone), salicylic acid products, supplements, multiple doctor visits (which left a wound I couldn't tamper with until it had healed up, by which point warts were back). My diet was healthy throughout, home-cooked food, lots of garlic, healthy greens, etc. In the end, this is what worked: I cut the dead skin off each night with a scalpel (best thing that came from those doctor visits), dab the area with oregano oil mixed with another gentler oil (canola works), and stick a cotton ball soaked with apple cider vinegar to the spot with a Band-Aid overnight. It took between two to three weeks of this, and then when I cut the dead skin off one night there was new skin underneath. I've been wart free ever since, but this will be the first thing I try, if I ever get another!

Comment from: marye McNulty npone, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 30

I am doing no treatment for my plantar wart; ignoring it. There are a lot worse things than this.

Comment from: Cowgirl2, 0-2 Female (Caregiver) Published: June 14

My brother had plantar warts when he was young and my mother tried everything to get rid of them. We went on vacation to the beach and she swore that the combination of salt water and hot sand got rid of them. I have them now and just started the Compound W freezing (there is no sandy beach with salt water in Ohio), and it looks like it may be working. If it doesn't I may have to take a beach vacation.

Comment from: My plantar wart, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: July 18

The following treatments didn't work for my plantar warts; freezing didn't work, wart off acid didn't work, turmeric powder and vinegar didn't work, and fresh garlic didn't work. Finally eucalyptus oil seems to reduce the pain and is drying off the wart, hopefully this will work.

Comment from: kleed, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: March 01

I have tried many different things trying to get rid of the plantar warts on my feet. Believe it or not, I found that apple cider vinegar does the trick. I got a foot file, and file the warts every day after I shower, then every few days I soak a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar and tape it onto the wart and leave it on for a few hours. The next day the warts are sore but they are already turning black and diminishing. Keep doing this for a few weeks and they should be gone for good! Vinegar is amazing stuff!

Comment from: mk, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: October 08

Over the counter stuff, freezing, tape, etc., all did not work for my plantar warts on the bottom of my toes after several months of self-treatment. I started regular visits to the podiatrist every 4 weeks. He would shave off a little bit of the thick dead skin and then add cantharidin to create a blister. It was painful for a few days afterwards. After about 6 treatments I have been wart-free for several years now.

Comment from: Mics, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 21

I had big plantar warts for 2 or 3 years a few years back. The underarm and foot deodorant powder I used, Milcu (potash alum, hydrated magnesium silicate) helped remove the wart. I wasn't sure if it was the reason at first but when my sister, who got infected with warts used it too, her warts disappeared as well. It hasn't returned for both of us since. It took a few months to disappear.

Comment from: Debbie, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: May 14

My Mom Has had planters warts on both feet for about 10 years now, every year it got worse. She decided after the 3rd year to go and see a doctor, he said he must cut away the warts under her feet. He did more damage than ever, he cut away most of her tissue under her feet but did not succeed in cutting out the planters warts, She has been in extreme pain ever since. The Doctor said that there is nothing he can do, because there is no more tissue to cut (it's down to the bone).

Comment from: frogprince, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: November 08

I have had a wart on the proximal part of my right index finger for several months now. I have tried every "over the counter" treatment unsuccessfully. Yesterday, with my regular doctor appointment the nurse practitioner treated the same wart with freezing and 40% Salicylic acid, then covered the area with a band aid type dressing. Upon removing the dressing today, the whole area looks like a small volcano with a large blister-like fluid filled area underneath the wart. This looks bad to me and also to my wife, who is a nurse. I think I should drain the fluid, but my wife thinks not.

Comment from: John, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: August 03

I am 49 and years ago had my first on foot. Doctor removed it only to come back 4 more times. They stayed away for a long time. They are back, at least 20 on foot and 1 on thumb (guess they do spread by touch), but they are not like erasers and don't hurt to walk on; otherwise would get doc to remove. I try to wear cotton socks, keeping foot dry. Have tried over the counter stuff - doesn't work. Keeping the foot callus-less by using "sanding block" seems to help. Also put Epson salt in shoe with no socks - that helped dry it out. I will now try vinegar as well as continuing to "sand" and use salt.

Comment from: Tina, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 15

For the past three weeks, Ii have been experiencing this pain at my feet, just under my big toe when I'm walking or standing. I thought it was only a blister or callus but it's so hard and it has like a hole in the middle. I could not tolerate the pain anymore, so I consulted a dermatologist. He said its plantar wart and that he needs to remove it using electrocautery. The procedure is a bit painful even though he injected local anesthesia at my foot. He scraped the wart up to its root. The wart grew that big and it rooted so deep at my feet. Right now I'm using fucinid cream, which is an antibacterial topical medicine. I also use Cetaphil soap to kill the rest of the virus that exists on my skin.

Comment from: ami....., 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: February 25

I have a plantar wart. I tried using salicylic acid with no improvement.

Comment from: Joy, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 21

After suffering for years, using various treatments, I started using Vicks Vaporub and putting a bandage over it daily. Within less than a month, the wart was gone and I had no pain. The wart has not returned in the six months since it disappeared.

Comment from: wrm, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: November 21

I am 45 and had a plantar wart on the palm of my hand when I was 15. My family doctor froze the wart a few times and I was able to twist it out, leaving a scar. Now I have a plantar on the outside of my foot just below the heel and it is extremely painful to the touch and to walk on. I am freezing, clipping, pumas stoning, acid, pads and taping it. If that doesn't work there's always self amputation.

Comment from: 35-44 Male Published: September 12

I had plantar warts for 3+ years. Ultimately, what worked for me was bleomycin, which was administered by a dermatologist with years of experience. All of the OTC treatments did nothing for me. I would encourage anyone who has yet to try this treatment, seek out a doctor who knows how to properly administer bleomycin.

Comment from: Chewygirl1954, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 21

Back in the mid-1960s had a plantar wart on the ball of my foot. My mother took me the doctor and he dug it out if I remember correctly, it took about 3 or 4 times to get out. I hope things have improved since then.

Comment from: Kenra, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: June 08

My husband had plantar wart for 15 years and tried everything. He started taking the enzymes Zymessence for another condition and the warts started drying up and in a few weeks they were gone and haven't returned. There is a PILL you can take for these. Cutting or scraping the wart is only treating the symptom. The enzymes KILLED the virus which is the real issue.

Comment from: 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 08

I had plantar warts on the balls of both feet 23 years ago. I lived with them until the pain was so bad I could barely walk. Went to a podiatrist who worked on them for two years and tried everything -- acid, lazer, freezing. He said because I had waited so long, the roots had wrapped themselves around the bone. He was ready to do surgery before I left for Paris for the summer. Miraculously, they disappeared on their own and never returned until now.

Comment from: Gracieham, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: May 30

I've had a plantar wart on the side of my middle finger for as long as I can remember. I'm 18 and never cared to get rid of it. I just got athlete's foot as well from my shower that I share with my brother because he as well has athlete's foot. So I got put on lotrimin spray to cure my foot. It's actually more curing my wart rather than my foot.

Comment from: Tropical lady, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 16

I live in a tropical climate and have had my first wart lasered. I was instructed to use antiperspirant on my soles and sides of my feet daily and wear cotton socks with athletic shoes. After a couple of years being free, I slacked off the regimen. Now the warts are back. I have about five on each foot. The podiatrist has given me a little acid to place tiny amount on the wart n cover with bandage tape. I must repeat the acid until the wart is gone. I will return to him for laser treatment if I cannot handle this at home. It embarrasses me and my massage therapist dumped me. She is afraid I might spread them. I don't blame her. I wish I had never gotten this virus.

Comment from: 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 19

I tried three courses of OTC treatments for about three months, with the plantar warts recurring every time. My massage therapist suggested Essence of Oregano oil. I applied one small drop to each of my two sites, twice a day. I then used adhesive bandages after covering each drop with a small piece of plastic wrap. The plastic wrap kept the oil on my skin and not soaked up by the bandage. My plantar warts were gone in three weeks or so. It looked like they "suffocated." The burning sensation and pain are gone.

Comment from: Melissa, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 12

I had many warts (about 20) covering both hands for a period of a couple years. They were treated with cryotherapy which did not remove them. The doctor decided to cut them out. I was given a needle in and around the wart to numb it. Then he cut them out. Recovery was a little painful but the warts went away. I then proceeded to get warts on other parts of body, like the scalp, the knee, .and my lip. He removed everyone by numbing and cutting them off and it worked....for about five years. Then I got a plantar wart on my heel. This was treated with acid for a couple of weeks but I kept on getting more! Within a month I had 14 plantar warts on two feet! I chose to have laser surgery. It was painless and quick recovery. Three days of healing and I have never had a wart since!!

Comment from: Holly, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: February 13

I've had a plantar wart for 4-5 years now. I did not think much of it till it became very painful to walk on. It's on my baby toe on the side. I've tried the acid the doctor told me to use and nothing. It made the pain worse. Now we're trying the freezing and cutting it down, I hope this works because it is a painful procedure to have done.

Comment from: Wanda, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 13

I have my first plantar warts on the bottom of my foot. This is first time I've had this and I'm 45. I have been to the doctor several times to treat. He said the initial one is now gone but now I have four more that have shown up. I can't afford to keep visiting the doc every 10 days. I read the other posts and will try the tape to see if it helps. Thanks for the suggestions.

Comment from: Redndal, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: November 21

After fighting my plantar wart for three years with numerous trips to the doctor, I used duct tape and it worked.

Comment from: 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: October 13

I had noticed a little dot that was clear on the inside of it and I didn't say anything I had noticed another one. I made an appointment for the doctor and they said to go to a foot surgeon. In that while another one appeared. I just went and got them cut out. It doesn't hurt too badly, but I hope they don't come back.

Published: October 04

My 7 year old had a pencil-eraser-sized wart on the sole of her foot for several months. One day she sprained her ankle, which had to be X-rayed. The next day, the wart, which was on the injured foot, had disappeared.

Comment from: Old Wise Tales, 55-64 Female Published: September 13

I had a plantar wart on the bottom of my big toe 30+ years ago. I tried Compound W, which did not work. I went to a podiatrist, who put this black stuff on it, which didn't work. Then someone I worked with told me to put adhesive tape on it every morning after showering. I would change the tape which took the dead stuff off each day about a week or so. Then I pulled the tape off and I had nice new pink skin. It WORKED!!

Comment from: DD, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: September 06

When I was 16, I developed a wart on the bottom of my foot an inch or so behind little toe. It developed to a cluster the size of a quarter over a few months. The infirmary at the private school I attended treated it by soaking the area in 5% formaldehyde for 15 minutes each day for 30 days. They all died and I removed them with a pin, leaving a hole in my foot 1/4 inch deep which filled in within a year or so. No more recurrences for 20 years. Now they pop up in the same area of my foot every two or three years. I treat them when I FIRST detect them after showering and cutting away excess skin with 17% salicylic acid. It dies within 6 weeks or so. Next time I'll try apple cider vinegar which cures many ailments.

Comment from: jennifer, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 11

Wow, after reading about everyone else's experiences I dread to think what I am in for! I have a plantar wart, two doctors told me it was a corn!

Comment from: Renee, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 19

Both a friend and I had all of our plantar warts fall off after getting spinal anesthesia several years ago. I was wart free for several years, but now have a plantar wart again. I kind of wish I needed surgery.

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