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What are Some Home Remedies for Plantar Warts?

Duct tape can be used to remove plantar warts.
Banana peel is sometimes used to treat plantar warts.
The services of a podiatrist may be required to remove plantar warts.
Cold water may help kill a plantar wart.
Apple cider vinegar might be helpful with removing warts.
Cryotherapy is the most reliable way to remove warts.
Scraping with a pumice stone helps remove plantar warts.
One remedy involves cotton balls soaked in apple cider vinegar.
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Plantar warts are skin lesions on the foot caused by a virus entering the blood stream via small cracks or cuts in the skin. The virus can remain dormant for some time, so it may be difficult to tell how you got plantar warts in the first place. There are some home remedies for treating them, but you should first get diagnosis from a doctor, and you should never use a home remedy if you are a diabetic. Diabetics may be susceptible to extreme foot infections that in the most serious cases may necessitate amputation. They should thus have any lesions on the feet treated by a doctor.

There are several over the counter ways of treating plantar warts. Most are a combination of an adhesive bandage, and salicylic acid that helps to melt down the formation of the skin. Essentially, you can use corn and plantar wart treatments interchangeably since both tend to contain the same ingredients and will dissolve skin lesions. It’s important to make sure you cut the medicated patches to fit the wart, since the acid will take off healthy skin as well as any wart or corn tissue.

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One of the tried and true home remedies for plantar warts is applying simple duct tape to the wart area for about a week to two weeks. Many people swear by this treatment, saying it truly reduces the warts. Some suggest adding a cotton ball soaked in apple cider vinegar directly over the wart to accelerate the healing process. If the duct tape comes off, you should replace it quickly. You may also want to soak the skin in hot water every couple of days.

Others suggest that using a patch of banana peel taped to the wart will help remove it. This may be an okay suggestion if you don’t have to fit your foot, banana peel and all into shoes, but it may be a little hard to attempt. Some suggest doing this at night when you’re sleeping and theoretically don’t need shoes.

One theory on removing plantar warts that emerges from time to time is that placing the foot in freezing cold water for 10-15 minutes may kill the virus and make the wart pliable enough to be scraped off with pumice. There’s not a lot of evidence to suggest this works, but it may be worth trying.

Since plantar warts are viral, they can easily spread on your feet and should be treated early. If the results you get from home remedies are not satisfactory, do see a doctor, preferably a podiatrist, who can burn or freeze the wart off, lessening the chance of warts spreading. Further, your warts are contagious to others. If you share a shower with roommates or family members, you should wear shower shoes. Additionally avoid getting a new round of the virus by using shower shoes in public showers, since this is often the source of initial contagion.

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Rob13
Post 25

I just posted anonymously and then registered so I'm not sure if my post is going to show or not, but the basics of it were this. I got rid of a bad wart fast using duct tape, epsom salt soaks and salicylic acid. This is what I highly suggest!

anon316214
Post 23

I tried most everything (banana, epsom salts, vinegar, duct table, potato, and who knows what else. This is what finally worked. I would apply this mix on my foot then put a bandage on while I slept. In the morning, I'd remove the bandage and put on duct tape (this kept it from spreading and may or may not have helped remove layers as they died). In about three weeks the pain was about half gone. As I stayed with it, they completely healed up with no remaining pain (and I was in a lot of pain).

To 1 teaspoon of Jojoba, add about 10 drops cinnamon leaf essential oil (go to a health food store or buy online), 15 drops lemon essential oil, and 10 drops tea tree essential oil. I also added 5 or so drops of essential frankincense and 5 or so of essential bergamot oil, too. Blend together in an amber bottle, then apply to wart and cover with a Band-Aid.

The suggestion is one drop once a day, but I did four or five drops at least at night. In the morning, if my foot was too oily to do duct tape, I'd mix hydrogen peroxide with baking soda and vinegar and rub that in and then rinse and wipe dry, then do the duct tape.

This stuff on a cotton swab seems to be helping my son's warts go away as well (not plantars), but this did not work for my husband.

Coincidentally, I had hypnosis for other reasons about the same time, but I do think it was the mixture (though some swear hypnosis healed their warts).

anon313400
Post 22

Try cimetadine (Tagamet) for plantar wart removal. It worked on me. I had an 800 mg/day prescription. It took four months.

anon282447
Post 21

I had three plantar warts show up on my feet at once, two on one foot in between two toes and one on the ball of the other foot. I picked at them for months. I even used sand paper and a razor blade and cut them off and they just came right back. I was embarrassed wearing sandals.

I finally went to the podiatrist, and he put on on 60 percent salicylic acid paste. This stuff burned the crap out of me. The band aids I used to keep this stuff in place would slip off or move and then the paste would pretty much kill all the skin on my foot and do very little to the wart itself.

Finally, I went to a different podiatrist and he put me on Formaldehyde 10 percent in a roller. It went on easy and dried pretty quick so there was no need for band aids. I only applied it to my right foot warts two times a day because I had no faith in it at all. One week later, there was a noticeable difference. Two or three weeks later, they where completely gone, and the wart on my left foot disappeared also. I'm assuming it built up my body's immune system!

Ask for this stuff! It worked great, I searched the internet and never heard anybody talk about this stuff when getting rid of warts and I feel like people should know.

anon276691
Post 20

I had a horrible case of plantar warts on both feet in college. I thought they were blisters, so I ignored them for many months because I had never had a wart and didn't know that's what it was. Once I searched online and discovered I had plantar warts, I started looking into treatments.

First, I went to the podiatrist. He said I had too many warts (probably 15 on the right foot and 8 on the left) to do the laser treatment or freezing. It would be very expensive. He recommended buying salicylic acid pads. He said to cut them in the shape of the warts and leave them on all day, as it would kill the wart. I tried this, but it did not really work well.

I read a few sites online about apple cider vinegar, and I was very skeptical. My warts were very deep and I'd had them for so long, I was worried nothing would work. It took about a month, but they finally went away.

This is what I did: Twice daily, I would scrape the warts with a nail file or even with a box cutter to cut off any dead skin so the vinegar could really soak in. Next, I would soak a cotton ball in cider vinegar and tape it to my foot over the warts. This was very tricky and uncomfortable because of the number of warts I had. But I continued doing this time consuming treatment and eventually they started to turn darker and darker, and then they started to fall off my skin.

I hope this can help you! I hope to never have this horrible problem again!

anon178302
Post 18

You should google the effects of Oil of Oregano on warts. You can put it straight on the wart covering with a band-aid and also take it in pill form to fight off the virus internally. It works well.

anon159530
Post 17

I have had plantar warts on both of my feet at one time or another. I tried freezing, duct tape, and even tried bleomycin (incredibly painful) injected by a dermatologist. The only thing that ever worked was recommended to me by a dermatologist - it is to use mediplast (it is the only product that seems to work).

anon158852
Post 16

My daughter had a planter wart under her big toe. We tried freezing it with an over the counter wart remover, which was very painful for her and after a week there was no change. A nurse suggested applying a sliver of garlic to the wart for one week. We tried it the next night. My daughter complained that it stung a little bit, but it was not unbearable so we left it on. The next morning she was walking funny because she could feel the garlic under her toe, so I took it off.

Later that night when she had a bath, I noticed that the very center of the wart had a little black dot. We left it alone and didn't continue with the rest of the treatment because I thought that I had maybe caused an infection and just wanted to keep an eye on it for a few days. Within a few days it started to disappear and is now completely gone after only one overnight treatment. Definitely recommend this method.

anon138436
Post 15

My little girl got a planter wart from the local pool and we went to the doc. He froze it. Weeks later, he tried pasting and scraping it, but none of these methods worked. The poor thing went though three months of hell. Then bingo! Someone said try duct tape. My husband laughed. "Let's try it," I said.

Well, three days later, we took the duct tape off and my husband starts yelling, "Come check this out!" Well, he had taken the duct tape off and there was a big hole, and stuck on the duct tape was the wart. Two weeks later, everything is good now.

anon132384
Post 14

My daughter was has been in extreme pain with a plantar wart under her foot. we went to the podiatrist today (she was in bad pain) and the podiatrist immediately starts scraping away at it over and over, causing bleeding and severe pain. my daughter said she hadn't been in so much pain in her life and will not go back to that doctor. is this normal practice?

anon128099
Post 13

I have had a plantar wart on the ball of my right foot for about two years now. I was finally fed up with it, and researched home remedies online. I heard many good things about apple cider vinegar, so I decided it was worth a shot. Several times per day, I tear the cotton off the end of a q-tip, and soak it in the ACV. Then, I apply it to the wart, and hold it in place with a bandaid.

The first few times, it hurt me. It burned and I could feel my pulse, just where the wart was. I just started this remedy yesterday (not even 24 hours ago) and my wart has the signs that it is working. The skin surrounding the wart gets inflamed, white and puffy, and it's starting to turn black. This is a sign that the wart is dying.

Right now I'm treating it, and it's bothering me to a minimal extent. I would highly recommend this treatment to anyone who can first, take some pain, and second, wants their warts gone forever!

anon101923
Post 11

When i was a kid i had plantar warts all over my foot, my heel was covered in it. the doctor burned them several times but nothing worked, so i started to soak my foot in lukewarm water. I dried them off then i placed two to three layers of duct tape over the wart and to make sure the tape stayed on i put a sock on my foot. i recently got two new ones, so i am trying the nail polish. you coat your wart with nail polish and keeps doing this till the wart falls off. the whole point is that you do not want the wart to breathe.

anon88067
Post 10

I had read on this website about using nail polish to treat plantar warts. I've been using it twice daily and was amazed tonight when a circle of skin, the size of a dime, peeled off painlessly. The skin underneath is perfect with no warts. Amazing and very easy to use!

anon69130
Post 8

i have diabetes and plantar warts. Is it safe to put apple cider vinegar on my sole?

anon64878
Post 7

I'm mechelle and a month ago, i found out that the painful thing in my heel is a plantar wart, so i researched about at home remedies and read about the nail polish thing.

It really works and now I'm already wart free. It is also painless. You just have to paint your wart two times a day and make sure it is fully covered. Continue doing this until the wart turns black and will fall off on its own.

anon41542
Post 5

I've been applying nail polish to my very deep-set plantar wart, making sure it's never uncovered, and it's starting to wither.

anon28520
Post 4

I tried keeping a patch of shaved garlic on my plantar's wart. My mom had heard about this in a book. Although it seemed to be working, I had to discontinue this method as it was so painful that I was limping around work. Also, it left a horrible garlic smell in my shoe and I had to clean them out really well. I could probably suggest this method though for someone who is not on their feet so much.

anon28204
Post 3

Put a few drops of tea tree oil on the wart at night for several nights (maybe a week or more, at the most, I'd think). It will start to turn black and then gradually fall off, leaving a hole in the skin that will eventually heal over.

I did this after a few nights of banana peel on my daughter's large, painful warts. Worked perfectly. In about 3 weeks, they were entirely gone.

anon24862
Post 2

I have mosiac plantar warts underneath my pinky toe, on my pinky toe, and a small one on my heel. I have been getting them treated by a doctor for some time using acid & mediplast. recently we started freezing the warts since the other treatment was only making them worse. I am thinking of testing out the duct tape theory because so many others like I have said it works!

anon15751
Post 1

Burn your wart with matches! This remedy is only for warts not covered in skin. Such as cauliflower types. This remedy will kill your wart straight away but you will need to take painkillers as you will experience a painful throbbing. To do this treatment light a match then blow it out and really quickly place it on your wart and keep it there until the heat has gone. Repeat several times until you think you've killed it. This will work, just be brave. No pain. No gain!

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