Removing a Wart

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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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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.

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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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November 23, 2007

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!

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November 24, 20070 found this helpful
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See a podiatrist. It might not be a seed wart.

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November 24, 20070 found this helpful
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I used the remedy in the store by dr schools. It is the freeze one. i did this twice and the wart has not returned. It does sting a lil and works quick!

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November 25, 20070 found this helpful
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My podiatrist recommended Dr. Scholl's clear away. The freeze away kits are also the same as what doctors get. If you use it, make sure to hold it on the wart for 30-40 seconds if located on your foot. It'll burn some, but that means it's working.

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By Meggan (Guest Post)
November 25, 20070 found this helpful
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My mother told me that when she was a kid, my grandma would have her rub a piece of raw potato on the wart and eventually it went away. There's something in the raw flesh of the potato that eats away at the wart. Anyhow, it's a cheap and easy way to get rid of one!

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March 31, 20080 found this helpful
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I had several seed warts on my lower stomach. Duct tape would have worked but I didn't know to use it.

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The seeds came out on their own and the wart disappeared quickly. They were there for years and then one night they changed and a seed came out of them.

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April 5, 20080 found this helpful
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I had one for about 3 mo. it drove me nuts. I did the duct tape for two weeks straight, it did minimize the size but did not go away. So when I did see the seeds I actually took tweezers and removed four seeds. When I removed the fifth one it bleed like crazy, that was the main seed. The next day it was completely gone with a minimal witness mark of where the roots once grew. Tea tree oil also helped with the pain and repairing the dryness.

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By Mary (Guest Post)
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).

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

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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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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 Y.

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September 28, 20110 found this helpful
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Please go to a dermatologist to have it removed. If you have insurance it will probably not be too expensive. Don't take chances with you face and around your eyes.

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September 29, 20110 found this helpful
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Your sight is too precious to be risking home/self remedies for something so close to your eyes so please go to your doctor. Even if you can't afford it all at once they will make payment arrangements with you.

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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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September 30, 20110 found this helpful
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Wanted to add one more thing. You really do need to have a doctor take care of the wart not just to be careful of your eyesite but also because HPV causes warts and being that near a moist surface like your eye might cause it to spread.

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July 29, 2013

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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February 3, 2012

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

By Bill

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June 29, 2013

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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November 27, 2013

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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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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How do I get rid of a soft seed wart on the side of my knee?

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My warts has hair growing from it. Can I used duck tape and remove it?

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October 22, 2009

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

By WILLIAM E WEBB 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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November 8, 2016

This is a page 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.

Treating a wart at home.

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October 22, 2009

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 want to get rid of them. Help me, please.

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August 7, 2009

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

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