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Warts can be unsightly, irritating and hard to get rid of. This is a guide about removing a wart.
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January 30, 2017

I just read an archived post on homemade wart remedies. A lot of suggestions were offered. Surgery, plant extracts, duct tape, even rubbing a penny on the wart. Rubbing a penny on the wart? Get outta here!

I'm sure most of the suggestions have worked for some of the people some of the time. Some warts 'run' deeper than others, so a topical treatment that works for one person might not work for another. There seems to be another reason why some remedies work for some people and not for others.

When I was a child, my playmates and I often had warts, especially on our fingers. We had a surefire method for getting rid of them. It worked every time. When a parent would see a child picking at a wart, the parent would say, "Stop that. You're going to get it infected. Go down and see Mr. Anderson. Ask him to rub the wart for you. It will go away."

Mister Anderson was a nice old man. Everybody liked him. He was not into witchcraft, did not claim to have any special powers, and he never attempted to cure anyone of anything other than warts. Maybe the nice old man knew something that many years later was discovered by scientists. Whatever the case, our warts always began to fall off in three or four days.

As an adult, I read articles on hypnotism and the power of suggestion, in general. A few of the articles were on the subject of warts and their removal. There had been clinical trials done at the time. The clinical trials found there was strong evidence to indicate the virus responsible for warts could be affected by one's thoughts.

The trials determined that no matter which method was used for wart removal, that method was far more successful if the person believed it would work. So that accounts for Mr Anderson's 100% success rate. We children saw warts of others go way after he rubbed them, of course we believed ours would go away, too. And they did.

So if you have a wart and try any of the methods found in the article, you might do well to believe the method you try WILL work. It could make all the difference in the world. Rub a penny on the wart? Sure... if you believe.

Oh, the innocence and trust of a child.

Those were the days.

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February 2, 20170 found this helpful

Another great article or story - whichever!

I did not have a Mr. Anderson but I did have a very lovable uncle that I truly believed everything he told me.

I was 8 years old and had a very large wart on my knee. One day my uncle was visiting and my mother told me to show him the wart. He and I sat down on the porch and he ask me if I liked the wart. Well, of course I told him no and he just said okay, we will get rid of it.

He instructed me to get an old rag from my mother and bring it to him. I did so and he rubbed it on my wart and told me to place the rag under the porch steps. This I did and then we went on to other things.

Several days later my mother ask me about my wart - which I had completely forgotten about - and lo and behold - no wart!

Magic? To me it was magic but I know now it was just as you said - totally believing it would happen.

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November 8, 20160 found this helpful

Treating a wart at home.

This is a guide about home remedies for warts. Warts are typically hard almost skin colored bumps, caused by one of the human papillomavirus (HPV) strains. There are many treatments for them including home remedies.

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April 23, 2012

Many years ago I read somewhere about using a Vitamin C tablet and water to remove a wart. I had a wart frozen from my wrist, and years later it came back. I tried the Vitamin C tablet and water and the wart disappeared. Use enough water on the Vitamin C tablet to make a paste. Apply the paste on the wart, cover with a bandaid, and leave it alone. Re-apply as needed and in a week or so the wart will be gone.

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November 23, 20070 found this helpful

I have a tiny seed wart on the toe beside my big toe...at least I think it's a seed wart. It's been there for about 3 months and hurts when touched or bumped. It's not above the surface of my skin, but looks like it's embedded. Does anyone have any tips on how to remove it? Thanks!

Nellio

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July 4, 20080 found this helpful
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Soak your foot and take a soft toothbrush and rub back and forth gently then take a corn band-aid with a hole in the center. Then take chalk board chalk (the one that they use in school). Make like a paste and drop it in the hole of the band-aid. DO THIS EVERYDAY! Then the core of it will start coming up. Don't be afraid. My daughter had one and the doctor told me to do this. (I thought he was crazy) IT WORKS!

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April 22, 20090 found this helpful
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I finally was successful by using duct tape. But it took over 4 years! whew. I had a seed wart on my little toe that spread into many warts. I tried to freeze them off but no luck. So then I tried duct tape and it finally worked. I would change the duct tape every 4 days or so and file the warts with an emery board and put the duct tape all the way around my toe. I would wear socks at night with and could feel the duct tape get hot on my toe and sting a little but I'm happy to say don't give up and it will work.

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September 27, 2011

I have a wart growing just below my left lower eyelid. I'd like to find a way to get rid of it naturally, but with it being so close to my eye, I'm a bit worried. Any suggestions? Thanks so much!

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By Kristi

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September 29, 20110 found this helpful
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I don't think there is a "natural" way to remove a wart. I would not use the over the counter remedies for something so close to your eye. You should consult a doctor. I have heard that duct tape(the silver kind) placed over a wart for a couple of weeks will kill the wart. I have not tried this myself, so couldn't say if it worked or not, or if it had the same success rate as swinging a dead cat around your head three times, but it is sort of natural, and is something you could try if you are patient.

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September 29, 20110 found this helpful
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I had exactly the same problem a few years ago. Developed a wart less than a half inch from the inner corner of my eye. Since over-the-counter remedies cannot be used near the eyes, I went online and Googled wart remedies. I kept seeing people talk about vinegar, cotton, and duct tape. I bought some Q-Tips, pulled a bit off of one, wet it with vinegar (squeezing the excess vinegar out of it), placed it on the wart (being very careful not to get vinegar in my eye), and placed a piece of clear duct tape over it.

It took two-three weeks to work, and I probably looked a bit strange to the folks I worked with, but it totally got rid of the wart. Not even a scar, and it has never come back. It might work just using the tape and no vinegar, too, but I'm not sure. Good luck.

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May 6, 2007

What is the best way to remove a wart? I have one on my arm.

Tippy

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May 7, 20070 found this helpful
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I only use duct tape. Keep it covered until it comes off.

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May 7, 20070 found this helpful
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Well the easy way is to go to a Dermatologist who will take it off with no trouble,however,if you don't choose to do that you could try Compound W sold over the counter in drug stores and Wal Mart.Just follow the directions and it doe'nt sting.Or you could try home remedies like duct tape.Supposedly keep the tape on the wart and it should be gone with in 2 weeks.

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July 29, 20130 found this helpful

I've had this wart on my left knee for some time now. I've gone to the doctor to have him freeze it, but it didn't work. I've tried duct tape and Compound W, not to mention everything in between. I even tried the Freeze Away at home stuff. Nothing works! How do I get rid of it? I can't go to the doctor anymore because they've frozen it so much and they won't help me. Please help!

By Riley J.

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July 30, 20130 found this helpful
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I looked up some FAQ's at www.webmd.com and this link will help.

http://www.webm  uestions-answers

I never knew that one wart can be the mother of all the rest, or that they are contagious. So, check it out and see if this helps.

Good luck.

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July 31, 20130 found this helpful
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Try full strength lemon juice, swabbing the wart several times a day. It really does work. Cleared up my son's wart on a toe.

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February 3, 20120 found this helpful

Can you use a pumice stone on warts on the hand?

By Bill

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February 4, 20120 found this helpful
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You could use a pumice on warts to remove them but over time they will grow back. You could try some over the counter products at the pharmacy. Best bet to remove them permanently is have have a dermatologist remove them with liquid nitrogen. They do this in their office and only takes a minute or two.

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February 6, 20120 found this helpful
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Three ways to get rid of wart without "chemicals".

1. Duct tape

2. Potato piece on wart, hold it on with a band-aid or tape, change at least every other day. Takes 2-3 weeks, skin will be new and no scar.

3. Dandelion milk from the stem of the flower. Squeeze on warts two to three times/day. Wart turn black and will just fall off leaving skin unscarred. Of course you need dandelions in season.

I used methods 2 and 3 with two of my children. It has been at least 6 years and no regrowth, however because it is a virus, it can show itself again.

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June 29, 20130 found this helpful

I have a seed wart on my foot, right below the ball of the big toe. I need to get ride of it. I tried picking it off, but it didn't work. And now it is split open. I don't like how it feels. And I'm scared that if I try touching it with any other part of my body that there will be more.

By Danny

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June 29, 20130 found this helpful
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After the seed wart is open, put iodine on it so it seeps down into the wart. You will be able to see the iodine going dow into it. Appy the iodine several times if need be. The wart will eventually disappear. This worked for me. Hope this helps.

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July 1, 20130 found this helpful
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Put a piece of duct tape on it . Change it out every couple of days. The constant pressure will get rid of it. It may take about 8 weeks. Don't touch the wart it can spread.

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November 27, 20130 found this helpful

I have a wart that keeps coming back on my thumb. It takes months to get rid of, it will be gone for a couple years, and then it comes back in the exact same spot. Does anyone know the cause of this and/or how I can stop it for good?

By ST

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November 29, 20130 found this helpful
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Try putting lemon juice (bottled real lemon juice works too) on the wart a couple times a day until it clears up. My son had gone to the doctor for 1 1/2 year to treat one and within a few days putting lemon juice on it was all cleared up.

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November 29, 20130 found this helpful

I believe that I have read that a wart like this is really a virus and will keep returning.

Try Google with this question and you will get many answers.

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June 6, 2014

How do you remove a wart between the toes? The wart was picked up at a local swimming pool.

By Sandra

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June 8, 20140 found this helpful
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Soak a piece of a cotton ball with white vinegar and wring out. Place on the wart and secure with duct tape making sure no air pockets remain. remove every day and re-apply daily. The skin will turn white the first couple of days but eventually it will turn dark and wart will fall off. Good luck.

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October 22, 2009

I am looking for a remedy for warts on the neck.

By William from Dearborn, MI

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October 22, 20090 found this helpful

You may recall a few years ago it was reported in the media that using duct tape on a wart for 2 weeks would remove the wart. Why not try it and report the results on thriftyfun.

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October 22, 20090 found this helpful

I am 17 years old. Recently when I went and stayed with my best friend I noticed that I started getting a wart on my big toe. So of course I picked at it. She is the only person I've been around that has warts, but she said hers were "viral".

I've tried the whole 9 yards with the freeze off product; it doesn't work. I now have that one on my big toe, I have another on my 3rd toe and also one between my big and second toe. I believe they're seed warts, but I'm not sure.

I want to get rid of them. Help me, please. They are so annoying, big time. If you have any suggestions I would really like to know. Thanks.

By Ashley from Tifton, GA

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Getting Rid of Warts

You need to see a podiatrist because they can only be removed by surgery or acid treatment which requires several treatments to remove the warts. These type of warts spread and become quite painful when left to grow bigger. They are contagious and you should wear socks on your feet and don't go barefoot as someone else can get it.

When I was in high school I came in contact with the wart after gym session and having to shower. I went barefoot and it wasn't long thereafter they showed up. So, keep the tub and shower cleaned after you use it. (08/07/2009)

By Lorelei

Getting Rid of Warts

Try duck tape, no joke. Rap the tape around your wart and reapply it every time you shower or in the morning. I had gotten warts from my older brother and I used duck tape, and they went away in about a month. (08/07/2009)

By sweetpeadtg

Getting Rid of Warts

Does your family have medical insurance? If so go into a dermatologist. I had mine frozen off. The doctor did it right in his office, then and there and they were gone for good. It doesn't hurt at all.

If you have no health insurance, get out the phone book and look up "Dermatologists" and call each of them and talk to the receptionist and tell her that you have 3 warts between your toes you need removed (or whatever) and tell her you have no insurance, then ask her how much it will cost. Each doctor charges a different price (that's why you should call around). It will cost you somewhere between $50 - $100, but it will be well worth the money, believe me! Sometimes doctors charge people with insurance more.

My father had planter's warts and they grow deep into his feet and had to be removed surgically. Have your warts treated as soon as you can just in case they are this type and so you won't spread them to others. Some warts are contagious and some aren't. "Seed" warts can sometimes be passed from one person to another or from one body part to another. Always wash your hands really good after you touch them.

As far as "do it yourself" wart removals, you have already tried the best product on the market. If I were you, I'd try it again. If your warts weren't between your toes, I would recommend you try duct tape. Some say it works, and some say it doesn't. Google "duct tape warts cure" and you'll get all kinds of responses. No one knows for sure why Duct Tape works for some people, some say it's the glue in the tape, others say it's because it prevents air from getting to it. But It might be pretty hard to get the tape to stick between your toes!

Remember, your warts may be contagious, always wear flip-flops or sandals when ever you go into someone's shower or a gym or swimming pool. This way you'll not spread them. Also, so you don't get any fungus or other nasty things always wear flip-flops whenever you go where others go barefoot (like pools or gym showers). (08/07/2009)

By Cyinda

Getting Rid of Warts

Talk with your pharmacist at a drug store. They may have an over the counter wart compound or something. (08/08/2009)

By lorraina

Getting Rid of Warts

I agree with seeing the podiatrist. Warts can spread all over your body and are nothing to fool around with. (08/11/2009)

By Tigertame4

Getting Rid of Warts

My question is, "Have you told your parents, and if so why haven't they taken you to a doctor?" and especially since you mention that they have spread :-( Your family doctor can easily 'properly freeze' them and they will be gone so there really is no need to spend extra for a specialist, but if you or your parents feel the need for a specialist you should see a dermatologist because it is a skin virus and not a foot virus requiring a podiatrist. And, I hope, your friend's parents take or have taken her to the doctor, too! (08/11/2009)

By Deeli

Getting Rid of Warts

Two of my daughters had their plantar warts burned off by a doctor, the warts came right back and they did never want to go back to the doctor, so I told them to rub lavender oil on the warts several times each day. Then one of the girls spent a day at the beach and lost all her warts! So the other one took several (3?) foot baths with Epsom salts and followed with the lavender oil and that was that for her warts! (08/11/2009)

By Reginainqc

Getting Rid of Warts

I had developed a wart on the side of the bridge of my nose, very near my eye, so couldn't use any over-the-counter remedies. Believe it or not, I found the vinegar/duct tape treatment online and tried it. Pulled a little cotton off the end of a Q-Tip, dipped it in vinegar and secured it on the side of my nose with a small piece of clear duct tape. I changed it daily, but kept it on 24/7. Yes, it looked strange, but I swear it worked. Took about three weeks, and not only is the wart gone, but I don't even have a scar. This was a couple of years ago, and it never came back. Try it! (08/11/2009)

By Bobbie9395

Getting Rid of Warts

I would second the vinegar, but use "organic" vinegar with the "mother" in it, which can be purchased at a health food store. Soak a tiny piece of cotton ball, put it on the wart covered by a Band-aid, and leave it on overnight. Do it nightly. Good luck. (08/11/2009)

By minnabird

Getting Rid of Warts

Ashley: After trying every product on the market, I finally searched the Internet and learned about using apple cider vinegar on the wart...and it worked! Simply apply Vaseline around the wart with a Q-tip, so the vinegar won't be applied anywhere but where you want it. Then use a tiny piece of gauze or cotton square or even a tiny piece of cotton. Saturate it with the vinegar and apply with a Band-Aid. Re-apply as necessary (I usually did it twice a day). Just keep doing it, and it will work!

Jan from Florida (08/11/2009)

By jcolinger

Getting Rid of Warts

Squeeze the juice from an eggplant on it, then cover it with a band aid. Do this once a day after bathing and it should be gone in a week. (08/11/2009)

By AmnesiaWes

Getting Rid of Warts

I had warts on my feet for over 6 yrs. I tried everything. Banana peels, aspirin, over the counter remedies, duct tape, and anything I found on the net that I thought might work (nothing worked).

I then started to see a doctor who would burn them with a laser. In conjunction with the laser burning and liquid nitrogen treatments, and a year of weekly visits, no luck there either. I finally stopped going for treatments and did nothing to the warts. They went away finally by themselves.

Try whatever you think, but in the end, they go when they are good and ready. (08/12/2009)

By Karyn01

Getting Rid of Warts

The doc actually needs to remove the 'mother' wart (the first one) and the rest may go away (based on experience).
Considering the fact that you have warts, please know that you do not have an inborn immunity and need to find out what to do to prevent re-occurrence. (08/12/2009)

By cookwie

Getting Rid of Warts

Try using duct tape. It cuts off the air to the wart and it will kill it. Make sure that no air can get to the wart and replace the tape if it gets wet or the seal is broken (08/13/2009)

By PICO

Getting Rid of Warts

My husband had warts really bad on his hands and feet. His grandmother told him to rub castor oil on his hands and feet 1 time a day for 3 wks, then 1 time a day for 2wks. Then just forget about it. He did and the warts were gone. I think a lot of the stress on warts is the thinking about them. Don't stress so much and I hope it helps you. Bless the home remedies. (08/16/2009)

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August 7, 20090 found this helpful

Does anyone have suggestion for removing a wart from my hand?

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April 21, 20080 found this helpful

I need some ideas on how to get rid of warts. My son (29) is beginning to get warts on his hands and a few on his legs. Any ideas will be greatly appreciated.

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January 2, 20070 found this helpful

How can I get rid of a wart the frugal way?

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May 13, 20050 found this helpful

What are some tips for getting rid of warts? I have one on my hand and it's annoying.

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