I've had plantar warts for over 6 years. It started with one, and turned into 23. I tried most of your usual suspects -salicylic acid, ACV, etc. The salicylic acid didn't work for me. The ACV seemed to work (after a very painful couple of days of having soaked cotton bits taped in place). However, the warts I thought had died and fallen out, roots and all, came back big as ever a week or so later. I also tried some natural, and not so natural, remedies I had seen online - raw garlic (both orally, and applied directly to the warts), bleach, hydrogen peroxide, vitamin E (oral and direct application), vitamin C, greatly reducing the sugar in my diet, oregano oil (once again, direct application and oral), soaking them and digging them out, and probably some others I'm now forgetting. Most of them seemed to do nothing. The oregano oil did clear up a few very small warts that sprung up on my finger, but didn't seem to do much for my plantar warts. Needless to say, I'd become disheartened and frustrated. I hid my feet, keeping them in socks when I love to be barefoot (probably how I got them in the first place). Some people online suggested tea tree oil. I'm not sure why I would try something so harsh as bleach before trying this, but at any rate, I figured, 'Why not? A bottle is about $8 and easily available.' It worked. It worked. It worked! I started noticing one of my smaller, newer warts looking smaller after about a week or two of using it. This was probably the first time I had seen any noticeable progress. Some of the harsh chemicals would seem to turn them into pits, but they never really got any smaller and would hurt. The tea tree oil is painless, doesn't seem to stain my socks, and for me - works. I actually do not have complete resolution of all of my warts yet, but I'm down to 6 that you can hardly see unless you closely examine my foot when the tea tree oil has just been applied (it kind of makes the top layers of your skin a little easier to see into and the warts show a little then. They continue to shrink though, and I'm confident that they will be completely gone in a month or two. The tea tree oil hasn't worked quickly (it's been about 4 months that I've used it). But after so many years, I'll take slow, painless results over no results! I apply it using q-tips. I only dip clean tips into the bottle - never ones that have touched my warts! - and apply 2 times a day. I applied more often at first, maybe 4 times a day when my schedule would allow. I'm not sure this will work on everyone, but it did for me. Stick with it! You'll eventually find something that works for you.
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