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This tip for removing planter warts has worked on both my sons. They get them on their feet. Use clear nail polish and seal it with duct tape. This method truly gets rid of them permanently, but it can take up to a year. If you are not diligent about it, it can take longer. You have to suffocate the wart. It is a virus and very hard to kill, but with patience, you can do it at home. My son had it frozen and cut out 3 times. It came back. With the above process, it has not been back for over 3 years now.
By Yvonne Vincent from IL
One of my daughters had a stubborn wart too. Freezing only spread it, because she had eczema we couldn't leave tape on for too long. Finally a different doctor gave us a creme with acetacalasylic acid. A few applications on a toothpick, removed it permanently.
I tried all over the counter meds but found a foolproof way without really spending lots of money or time.
Get some Dr. Scholl's little round bunion pads (or the generic brand as long as it has an adhesive side to stick to your foot). Take one round pad and cut it into 1/4 sizes so the round pad is slightly larger than your wart. Wipe the wart with hydrogen peroxide first then dry wipe and stick the pad over the wart.
You must change the pad every shower or bath and it takes about two weeks to kill the wart. What happens is the wart has no air and the moisture slowly deadens the skin in and around the wart.
After two weeks, use a sharp matt knife and pick the small chunk of dead wart out, sometimes it takes three weeks. You can usually pick out the dead wart and the tail which extends down into the foot.
Afterwards keep your foot clean and dry. Do not walk barefoot for awhile. It might be slightly sore for a few days where the dead tail attached down into the good skin but not very.
I've tried this twice before and worked both times.
By melody from Takoma Park, MD
A vinegar soaked collon ball taped to the wart with a water proof bandaid (the large kind) at night works too. Use strong cider vinegar.
I had one on the ball of both feet. My girlfriend sent me this article out of the paper from a doctor out east. When I read it, I thought "who in their right minds would walk around with banana peels on their feet?" But I did. LOL
Take and cut a banana peel the size of the wart and put it skin side out, covering the wart. Completely cover with masking tape real good, then put on your socks and shoes. Change it every day and keep covered completely with the tape.
It took me a while to get used to walking on it. It felt sqooshy but it did the job. I did not think to write down the time limit. Never thought I'd be talking about it on the computer. Good luck.
By Donna from High Ridge, MO
At first, I thought the title was "Banana Peel For Plantain Warts"! hehe In other words, I thought that you were transplanting a banana skin onto a plantain whose skin was bruised. No kidding.
On a more serious note, my only concern is that having a moist and sugary banana skin in your shoe would encourage the growth of fungus and bacteria. This is of special concern for diabetics with small cuts on their feet.
I had Plantar warts as a child and I had them removed by a doctor burning them off. They were under the skin and it felt like I was walking on pebbles.
By teresa from Lynnwood, WA
This is one I have experience with! Every time you take a shower or bath, take a safety razor (those plastic throw-away, 10 in a bag ones) and gently shave off the top layer of dead skin. Do not press hard enough to make it bleed, just the dead skin. Eventually the plantar wart will surface and be removed by your shaving off the skin. I was in my 20's (the time most people get them) and my general practioner was an old M.A.S.H. doctor, serving in WWII and Korea. He had lots of remedies nobody ever heard of. I got rid of my plantar warts.
This doctor also stopped my dad's continuous hiccups by this doctor seating my dad in an office chair and putting my dad unconscious for a few seconds by pressing on the arteries on either side of his neck. (Don't try this at home-let a doctor do it) My dad's hiccups were gone!
Use duct tape to smother plantar warts. My granddaughter's doctor recommended this after the prescription failed. It worked and all the plantar warts are gone and have not come back.
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Oh, I really hope someone comes up with some ideas here! I had surgery to remove a plantar wart plus to shorten the toe that was causing it in February of this year and I can already feel a tiny bump starting to form in the same place again. So I would love to hear any reasonable suggestions. I don't want to go through all that again!
By Cricket from NC
These are just tough little dudes to get rid of. My son's plantar wart required 2 burn offs to be truly eradicated. Fortunately our doctor does it himself in his office and doesn't send us to the podiatrist (yay!) Call ahead to the doctor's office to be sure they can do it if that is what you want. For example, the pediatrician wouldn't do it, but it was time for him to move up to our family practice physician anyway. We followed up the first treatment with the prescribed cream but were told in advance "It may take two times to get this one." Don't waste time with over the counter stuff. Go see yr professional and follow their advice, and keep your follow up appointments. My son didn't like the needle used to numb the area (twice!) but he sure is glad he no longer has that wart!
Is there a home remedy for a plantar wart on your foot?
By martha from MS
Dr. Scholl's makes a wart remover specifically for plantar warts. It consists of a small medicated disk and a larger, doughnut type pad. You put a new one on every other day. I used it and it took about a week to get rid of the wart.
I don't remember exactly what it costs - I think it was $5 or $6. Much more frugal than a doctor's visit.
Does anyone have an easy no-fail home remedy for plantar warts?
By T Jackson from Lutz, FL
You can try to remove the wart yourself but it's best to see your doctor because just because you remove the wart doean't mean you've removed/killed the virus (HPV). A doctor will remove it completely and it's not a big deal; they just numb the area and cut it/freeze it out.
It's best to take care of it as soon as possible because they can easily spread by touch not just on you but also to others. You don't even have to simply touch a person just a surface (including something seemingly harmless like a towel) and if their skin touches it they can get them.
There has to be a home remedy or discovery someone has made that truly removes plantar warts. Please share!
Clear nail polish worked where freezing, $50 solution and others did not. I covered wart and surrounding area once a day for 2-3 days. Peel off old polish and dead wart layer and repeat. The polish is waterproof and cuts off wart's air supply thus killing it.
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Luan from FL
Buy one of those kits that freeze plantar warts. Follow the directions on the package, but make sure that you soak your foot in warm water for about 10 to 20 minutes and dry it thoroughly before you freeze it. It may take several tries, but give it a couple of weeks between tries. It takes awhile to die and wear down. Good luck. (07/12/2007)
My doctor told me to cover it with duct tape, take it off after a week, soak it and then pumice it and re-apply duct tape for another week, keep doing this until it's gone. I only started it a week and a half ago, so I can't really vouch for this method, but my Dr. told me to do it so there must be some validity to this cure. Good luck, plantar warts hurt, don't they? This is my first and hopefully last one. (07/12/2007)
Plantar warts are different from regular warts, because they go so deep under the skin. My father was a professional athlete back in the 60s and I remember how he had to have them "dug out" by a doctor. These days they "freeze" them. This type of wart is contagious, so everyone, keep this in mind when you go to a gym, a public shower or pool, and wear your flip-flops.
My father's plantar warts were painful and caused him all kinds of trouble. If you had a regular wart, I'd tell you to remove it with duct tape or Salicylic Acid. You have to put the Salicylic Acid on once or twice a day. It could take a month or so to "eat" the wart away. Before you go to a dermatologist, you could try the Salicylic Acid method or even the duct tape. I hear, the duct tape can work miracles with regular warts, but as I said, plantar warts are not regular warts. In fact, if left untreated, they can continue to grow deep into your skin.
Look online and buy the brand with the greatest percentage of Salicylic Acid, at least 17%. It's not totally painless to remove arts with Salicylic Acid, but, it's not all that painful either. As I said above, it can take awhile for it to work, it's a slow process. But, if you keep up with the treatment every day you will see your skin slowly dissolving away.
After the first week of treatment, when you have bathed or showered and your feet are the softest, take something and scrape away the old dead skin that the acid has killed. Do this once or twice a week. Make sure you don't stop treatment mid-way. Make sure you continue the treatment until all traces of the "root" is gone.
* They say, not to "pick" at the wart after it's been frozen, they say it will tend to grow back easier if you do. Read above. The reason I said to "pick" and clean off the dead skin when using the Salicylic Acid, is because, this way the newly applied Salicylic Acid can get down deeper into the tissues.
Let us know if you got rid of these nasty guys, and if you did, what method worked for you. (07/12/2007)
In our experience, you are usually wasting money on "home remedies" for this. Save your pennies and see your MD. You could try the home treatments listed on this site though, but they add up $$. (07/17/2007)
The doctor froze my daughters, which made it spread. A new doctor gave her a prescription for salicylic acid. It took the tiniest amount to kill it and then to cure one my son had been dealing with for a long time. The prescription has more of the acid in it. (07/17/2007)
A long time ago, I had a bunch of plantars warts on one foot. The bottom of my foot looked like the surface of the moon. I had no luck with wart medicines and the doctor at that time didn't know what to do about them. I was told by an old lady to soak my foot in baking soda and hot water, as hot as I could stand. I did this for a few days and they all disappeared in about a week. I was amazed it worked, but it did. It was cheap, harmless and got rid of the plantars warts.
Susan from ThriftyFun (07/18/2007)
Plantar warts are best treated by a dermatologist or podiatrist. I've had better luck with a dermatologist. Left untended they grow deep into the foot and around tendons. Warts are viral and spread not only in other areas on the body of a person, but to other people. I once had a planters wart on the tip of my finger.
I prefer to have planter's warts frozen. Its quick and easy. Sometimes one needs to have it done again in the same area, but its well worth it. My five year old grandson had one recently, and the podiatrist preferred acidic removal because of his age. That works too, but I wouldn't mess around with them. They're not for amateurs. (07/18/2007)
By Carol in PA
My sister-in-law told me to put a slice of aloe on mine and cover it with tape. Change every night after showering. Took about a week, but it worked. (07/22/2007)
I had planters warts on both feet, had them cut out, but they came back in about one year. My nephew told me about and sent me a "twist stick" from Puritans Pride. I used it twice a day for about 3 weeks and, what do you know, they haven't been back in 25 years. (10/25/2007)