I made a promise to myself that if I ever removed the plantar wart that resided on my foot for the last 3-1/2 years, that I would post on this site.
I'm pretty sure that I got the wart from practicing yoga in sweaty, hot rooms, with floors that probably were not the ideal in cleanliness following a class. The wart manifested in the usual way, which was a hardening of the skin directly on the ball mount of my foot. I noticed that the footprint swirls of my foot weren't showing. When I have normal callouses, the fingerprint or footprint swirls I have don't disappear. In fact, sometimes the dry skin augments them. Even so, I thought this was just a callous, so I tried to pumice it off using a pumice stone. When I did that, however, it really hurt, and, though removing the initial dead skin (actually just the part of the wart that was showing), it continually came back, and then bigger. I did not know what the heck this thing was, and I was really alarmed by it. If I pushed on the sides of it, I felt pain. If I stood on it the wrong way, it really hurt. I thought I was going to be stuck with this thing for life, until a friend of mine who saw the bottom of my foot informed me that it was a plantar's wart. Now that I knew what it was, it was time to get rid of it.
I tried all of the store bought remedies. I tried the freezing method, salycilic acid, both the liquid and the stick pads. I tried duct tape, oregano oil, apple cider vinegar, bleach, peroxide, and aloe vera. The first time I tried oregano oil with a bandage over the wart after application, it made the wart appear a little black because it popped some of the blood vessels in my foot. The oregano oil was medicinal strength from Young Living, which is one of the best companies out there for essential oils. I combined the oil with pumicing my foot, and the wart actually shrunk. In fact, it shrunk so much that I thought I got rid of it. Big mistake!!! It grew back, and started growing really fast. This was getting to be discouraging. In fact, it seemed to develop an immunity to the oregano oil. While the wart stopped growing, the oil wasn't helping shrink it.
Apple Cider Vinegar helped to turn the wart black, and may have helped remove a layer or two, but the pain was so excruciating I couldn't continue. At this point, the wart was the width and shape of a golf ball. My foot would feel like it was vibrating, and I couldn't stand on it, the pain was so terrible.
I had tried duct tape on several occasions, and since I wasn't educated on the wart, I wasn't using it right. While I was removing layers, I hadn't been doing it long enough or consistently. So I made the determination that I was going to wear the duct tape over the wart for 2 months. I put just enough duct tape to cover the wart on my foot. Now here are several secrets: First, I applied the duct tape right after showering and drying off so that my foot was clean, dry, and warm. The hotter my foot was, temperature-wise, the more easily the duct tape was able to adhere to my foot and stay. This makes ALL the difference in the world. If you try to apply the duct tape when your foot is sweaty or cold, it will fall off. Secondly, I put a band-aid over the duct tape in order to keep the duct tape on my foot so it wouldn't rub off while it was in my shoe, or while I was walking barefoot. Secondly, whenever I did something athletic, I put athletic tape on my foot (just a couple of light wraps) right over the band-aid to keep the duct tape on there. When I pulled the athletic tape off, it pulled the band-aid off, but the duct tape remained. When I showered, the duct tape stayed on my foot because my initial application was when my foot was clean and warm, so the adherence was very strong.
Please note, when I initially put on the duct tape, that area of my foot would really hurt for the first day. I think this was due to the asphyxiation of the skin on the foot, combined with asphyxiating this virus (a Plantars Wart is also known as Human Papilloma Virus, or HPV). However, by day two or three, it no longer hurt.
My commitment was to leave the duct tape on my foot as long as I could, maxing out at 10 days. It only usually lasted about 5 days. Here is what happened: my foot would start to itch right where the tape was. Sometimes I would slap that area of my foot to alleviate the itchiness. It itched sort of like a healing tattoo (for those of you who know that feeling). The itch would start after about 3 days. I kept the tape on. After about 5 days, the tape would start to come off on the edges. When that happened, I would shower first, and then pull the tape off. When I did this, there was skin attached to the bottom of the tape (the top layer of the wart), and there was a whole bunch of white skin underneath. A lot of this skin would just peel or fall off of my foot at the touch, and so I would peel or pull off as much skin as would come off freely (digging in further than that is not a good idea, as it just hurts, and won't increase the speed at which the wart goes away). Then I would put another swatch of duct tape over the wart. Since I was freshly showered, and my foot was still warm and dry, the duct tape adhered well. Then I added the band-aid (which I had to replace often, by the way), and we were off to the races. The wart was getting smaller, and the skin that previously had the wart on it was starting to heal. Please note: I only put enough duct tape on to cover the wart; I wanted the surrounding skin that had the wart on it to get healthy again. So, as the wart got smaller, the swatches of duct tape got smaller.
During one of my tapings, I noticed that some of my skin directly outside of the tape was turning yellow. The wart seemed to be trying to spread outside of the tape. Perhaps the tape hadn't stuck as well. When I was in the shower, I noticed that this yellow skin seemed to be layered on top of my normal skin in a visible way. Using tweezers, that skin peeled right up. There was very little resistance, and the skin just came off. It was amazing. Right underneath was pink skin. I did this while in the shower, while the duct tape covered the majority of the wart. After a few days, my foot started itching. A couple of days after that, the tape started to peel up. I followed the same process, and pulled the tape off, and dug out the available layers of the wart. The wart got smaller. I did the tape again. Same method as before. The same process happened a couple more times over the period of about a month and a half. One time, I jumped in the shower without tape on my foot just to wash that part of my foot (now about the size of a pea), and because it felt good not to have the tape. I noticed more of that yellow skin I could see through when it was wet. I did the same thing with the tweezers, and that layer peeled right up. Strange, right? As I looked at my foot, it didn't appear that there was anything there anymore. It looked like maybe I got through the final layer. Even so, to be cautious, I put on the tape for another two weeks. However, the tape simply stuck. My foot did not itch, and when I pulled the tape off (this time it stuck completely until I decided to replace it...No coming up at the edges), no skin was attached, and the skin underneath was simply white from lack of air exposure. The wart was gone. I figured that it had to be gone, although I almost couldn't believe it, since I had the wart so long. In fact, this wart was on my foot for so long, I forgot what it felt like not to have it. I was very cautious over the next few days looking for sudden growth that seemed like dead skin. After all, the bottom of my foot, though not scarred, was not perfectly pristine. I wanted to make sure it wasn't there, or regrowing. There were no new growths, or sudden appearances of dead skin.
The skin under the wart has now come back healthy. It feels so good to walk again. My foot actually tingles sometimes in that area because it is finally continually receiving air exposure.
Hopefully, this method helps somebody out there. I know how frustrating these things are. Good luck!!!
I made a promise to myself that if I ever removed the plantar wart that resided on my foot for the last 3-1/2 years, that I would post on this site.
I had my wife do the duct tape method. At first it seemed like it was working. Dead skin was constantly peeling off. She did this faithfully for 2 years before she decided to stop. Even though skin from the wart was coming off the wart never went away. She has had this wart for 40 years now. It looks like a large, deep callus. So now I will have her try the vinegar method. Maybe there are those people out there that just can't get rid of a plantars wart.
I have had this one plantar wart on my right foot for several years now. Sometimes it hurts, sometimes it doesn't. I'm starting to get fed up with it though. After doing much research online, I've decided to give the apple cider vinegar treatment a shot. I'm going to start it tonight, so we'll see how it goes!
THE EASIEST AND FOOL-PROOF REMEDY:
SOAK YOUR FOOT IN VINEGAR EVERY NIGHT WHEN YOU WATCH TV: IT IS COMPLETELY PAINLESS AND 30 MINS PER DAY WOULD BE ENOUGH. FILE IT DOWN PERIODICALLY TO GET RID OF DEAD SKIN AND WRAP IN A DUCK TAPE FOR THE DAY. 2-3 WEEKS LATER YOUR WART WILL BE GONE - GUARANTEED!!!!!!
I've struggled for over 5 years. Had a surgery, but it didn't help. I ended up having a quarter size wart plus mozaic spreat all over the foot. I was ready to give up and then I found this website. Thanks God!!!! Now my foot is completely normal, the only thing is left - the scar from the surgery - it's one more reason why noone should go under lazer with plantar warts - hurt as hell and not effective! If you have any questions, send me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Good luck!
All I did was put a soak cotton in vinegar, saran wrap it around my baby toe (the one with the wart) and duct tape it in place. I did this for 2 nights in a row, forgot about it, did it again for one night, forgot about it...So I wasn't even that consistent with treatment, but it does WORK! I've heard that vinegar works great for foot callouses too, so for 2 nights I put a sock on my foot, soaked it in vinegar and then put a heavy plastic bag over it, with another sock to keep it tight. I did this 2 nights, the wart was gone by this time (total of maybe 5 overnight vinegar treatments), AND my callouses turned super soft where I could scrape away the skin with my fingernail...over a few days the skin kinda sloughed off on it's own (aided with pumice stone in shower a couple times) and my one foot is SUPER SOFT! I've used vinegar for SO MANY things and it truly is amazing!
I promised myself that if any remedy I found on this site worked to kill and destroy the irratating, annoying creature (plantar wart) that has lived on my foot for over 15 years I would be haappy to share with others how it feels to be free again.I found this site over a year ago. I was pregnant and really had given up on all the wart removal products that didn't stand a chance against the tough 500 army the wart brought to the fake acid fight the weak little wart pads had to bring. They didn't stand a chance. So I gave up. I decided sandals weren't for me anymore, they weren't that cute, right? Wrong! I said there must be something I could do other than use my utensils to file it down or scrape it flat enough to not look too odd. Okay, so I'm cruising online and I come across this website again. I have alot of time on my hands and by now I had my baby, so I think I'm ready to try again. I love the testomonies on here, everyone here has really been my support system on keeping at it, staying strong, and knowing I didn't have to go through another step of pain again. Thank you. I ran out and bought the acv, duct tape, and cotton balls and told my husband 'This is it I'm killing this wart before Christmas, I will not go another year with this leech (plantar wart) on my foot. It's over!' okay I said that but that night, it wasn't over, it was ON! I soaked 1 cotton ball in vinegar and this is after I soaked my foot in water for 5-10 min to be actually able to see the whole wart swell to it's full caulliflower surface. I then removed dead skin that protects what we call the 'seeds' (as much as possible without casusing pain). I then surrounded the wart with vaseline to protect my skin from the strength of the vinegar, I went onto drain excess vinegar yet keeping more than enough to be absorbed. I covered the enemy (plantart wart)with the cotton ball and quickly begin to wrap the duct tape around and around, my foot like I sprained my foot, you know? I made sure the vinegar wouldn't miss this sucker! I couldn't wait to get the same outcome as everyone here, and I got all of them too. It was painful at night, at times I had to cut the tape off! Oh my! I had to tell myself 'It must be working! I feel everything!' I stayed strong and continued to rock my sprained foot and sour smell for 4 weeks. Off and on, some nights I said 'Not tonight, but tommorow I'll be back at ya!' Okay so one day I took off the duct tape, and there was no pain, brown skin, and a dark brown spot in the center. I was nervous and let it dry out a few days.I would poke it, still no pain. Then I pulled some dead skin off, and there it was! The black seed sitting on my skin like a scab. To be so tiny I was like 'This is it?'. I picked it off like everyone here told me to do and......NO PAIN!!!My pretty pink skin was there! New skin!! Am I doing too much? OH WELL!!! It was one of the most fantastic feelings of my life! FREEDOM! You already know I went shopping for shoes! Cute ones too, open toes! HA! HA! If you have one of these annoying creatures living and multiplying, and abrupting your life, KILL IT NOW!!! Get the ACV, DUCT TAPE, COTTON BALLS,and PATIENCE and GO TO WAR. You deserve it, try it and I know I will be hearing of your success very soon. Congrats beacuse I know your the WINNER!
Lavender oil will make plantar warts die and fall off in about 2-3 weeks time after only one application. Most likely faster if you apply it every day.
An increase in vitamin A will also do the trick. Eat your leafy greens and soon you'll notice them start to turn black.
I don't think any of these painful treatments would be easily endured by my 12 year old son. He was already in a lot of pain from the plantar warts (about 15) on both of his feet and toes. They had to have been there for some time before he told me about them. I searched online for natural remedies and came across the duct tape idea which we tried faithfully for two weeks with no success. Trying to get duct tape to stick to a sweaty 12 year old's feet isn't easy! It just kept peeling off and sticking to his socks. So we went back to our family's old tried and true remedy, Echinacea. He took the highest dose recommended for his size (4 capsules every night) for about one month before they all started to turn black and fall off completely. There is absolutely no pain involved at all. This has worked for several of us in the family now and none of the warts have come back. We are now trying it out on our 8 year old for a wart under his toe nail. He isn't able to swallow a capsule yet so we are trying the liquid echinacea for him. This one is worth a shot especially when trying to treat kids.
I had a terrible case of plantar warts and struggled for three years to get rid of them. I tried: freezing (both professional and over-the-counter), acid (both professional and over-the-counter), laser surgery (some success here), wart-no-more (some success), aloe, duct tape, clove oil (some success), apple cider vinegar (some success), mediplast pads (some success), tee-tree oil, Aldera cream, some shot by the doctor with a type of cancer treatment liquid in it (some success), bleach.
After three years and lots of money...
Here's what finally worked: put cotton on duct tape and pour some tee-tree oil on it. Place over the wart areas and soak all night. The next day place medi-plast pads on the warts. At night, remove pads and peel away the dead wart tissue. In just two weeks, I was able to kill the remaining warts on my hands and feet! The doctor was impressed.
This is not the first time I have had plantars warts..... I had 2 that I went faithfully to the dr every week for a year to get 'burned' to no avail.... I finally had laser surgery (which left holes in the bottom of my foot that were an inch in diameter and at least half and inch deep.. and I'm NOT exaggerating). I thought I was finished with the whole ordeal ... then about 2 weeks ago I noticed ANOTHER wart..... I found this site while searching for remedies and tried the cider vinegar..... the very first morning after I applied the vinegar the wart was black... that was 5 days ago.... today i was able to peel off the top layer of dead skin and reveal new skin... i think I'm on my way to being rid of it... with NO SURGERY! YAY! I do have to say I have found that the vinegar method is painful.... right now my foot is throbbing at the wart site under the vinegar soaked cotton but SOOOOO worth it if this progress keeps up! Thanks to everyone who posted their experiences!!!