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Angela

I read several of the remedies on this site, but I had to share my own experience as well.

I have had my plantar warts for an excess of three years now and have tried most everything short of going to the doctor to have them cut out. They covered close to 2 square inches of skin on the bottom of my foot. I ignored them for a long time hoping they would just go away, but I only got more and more until they became mosaic warts - sprouting almost on top of each other and getting so big that walking was becoming more than a little uncomfortable.

I started with over the counter methods - namely the freeze 'em off methods. All this did for me was cause the skin around the warts to die - never killed a wart. I started with this method when I just had a few warts and it didn't work. By the time I had more than I could count, I knew going back to this wasn't even a viable option.

Next, I tried apple cider vinegar - took a cotton ball, soaked it and used a bandage to apply it to my foot. I changed the bandage daily (sometimes more than once a day) with fresh ACV and did this for approximately 4-6 months. Apparently this works for some people, but it did nothing for me but inflame the skin around the warts. It began to sting and was more uncomfortable than having the warts, so I finally gave up after putting myself through the misery of the stinging for months.

Of course, I also tried the old cut them out yourself method. I dug and dug at those warts with manicure tools (this is NOT recommended as you could give yourself infections, etc.). I was desperate, though!

Finally, what worked for me seems to work for some and not others. I was very skeptical of the duct tape remedy as no one knows exactly why it works, but after reading an actual medical study where there were proven results, I decided to give it a try.

I used plain old gray duct tape - the tape I used was REALLY old, probably had been sitting in our closet for 5 years or who knows how long. I finally have made progress on ridding myself of the warts - I'm down to under a square inch now and making good progress. I've been using the tape for about a month or so now and have gotten that far! I use a pumice stone after removing the tape about once a week (usually after a shower) to file the warts down. Given that I tried other remedies for up to 6 months with no results, I am very excited about this.

A few tips:
1. Don't wait too long to treat your warts or you will have more than you can handle before you know it.
2. If one remedy doesn't work for you, don't give up - just try another. I wonder if body chemistry doesn't play a role in what will work.
3. If using the duct tape method, I found that wrapping some non-adhesive bandage around the area will keep the tape from sticking too your shoes or socks. It can really cause damage if you have to wear the tape for too long.
4. Just a word of warning - when taking the tape off (mine slides and I usually have to take it off daily and reapply) it can kill the surrounding skin leaving you with a terrible odor. It goes away as soon as the skin dries out, but I don't want you to be alarmed.

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