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Warts!

histronichistronic Registered User regular
edited August 2009 in Help / Advice Forum
Hey guys, I'm having a really bad problem with warts on my hands lately (I've got about 5 total now). I've tried using Compound W and the do-it-yourself freezing kits and they don't seem to be working at all. Anybody know how I can get rid of warts fast without having to go to a doctor (I'm a poor college student =[...)?

Thanks in advance.

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  • ImprovoloneImprovolone Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    Your campus medical center should be able to freeze them with liquid nitrogen (really your best bet) for ~$20 or so.
    You could try duct tape, but I really suggest the first option.

    Consider what you've already spent on the at home kits, you could have had the actually frozen by now.

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  • saltinesssaltiness Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    I've always burned them off. Light a match, blow it out and quickly touch the head of it to the wart. It'll hurt for a few minutes then clear up in a few days.

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  • KendeathwalkerKendeathwalker Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    this is all you need to know.

    Dont bother going to a doctor and getting charge a copay. Just go to a local convience/grocery store and spend 2~10 dollars

    http://www.instructables.com/id/The-Wart-Freezing-Gun/

    seriously, doing that is much more precise than the liquid nitrogen things they use at the docs office. They usually burn the shit out of a bunch of skin that isnt infected.

    Saltiness method is even cheaper. hah.

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  • FatsFats Corvallis, ORRegistered User regular
    edited August 2009
    saltiness wrote: »
    I've always burned them off. Light a match, blow it out and quickly touch the head of it to the wart. It'll hurt for a few minutes then clear up in a few days.

    I've never heard of this, but from a tissue damage perspective it can't be much worse than the concentrated salicylic acid you can buy.

    When I was a kid my Mom used to use Elmer's Glue on them, I imagine it's the same theory as duct tape. Seemed to work ok.

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  • saltinesssaltiness Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    I've never had a scar from the burning technique but I've only ever had very small warts (1-3mm across).

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  • robotbeboprobotbebop Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    I had some warts when I was a kid, I'm not sure how realistic or practical this is but it seemed to work for me. I had these anti-wart pads that I would stick on them under a band-aid. On their own they just shrunk the warts into supposed oblivion. But they always came back. What I ended up doing was combining the anti-wart pads with a nail file. Every night i would remove the old pads, file the shit out the warts, and put new ones on. Depending on where on your hands the warts actually are this might not work; mine were all localized around my thumbnail.

    I think what the filing did was obliterate all the wart tissue that had already been softened and semi killed, instead of just leaving the fragments of living wart behind.

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  • TL DRTL DR Not at all confident in his reflexive opinions of thingsRegistered User regular
    edited August 2009
    Duct tape is supposed to be very effective.

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  • SeptusSeptus Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    this is all you need to know.

    Dont bother going to a doctor and getting charge a copay. Just go to a local convience/grocery store and spend 2~10 dollars

    http://www.instructables.com/id/The-Wart-Freezing-Gun/

    seriously, doing that is much more precise than the liquid nitrogen things they use at the docs office. They usually burn the shit out of a bunch of skin that isnt infected.

    Saltiness method is even cheaper. hah.

    From what I can tell in those pictures, it has just as much accuracy as the freezing spray that I received at the office. But I think it would just depend on the OP's access to freezing at the student health center.

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  • TrentusTrentus Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    So what is this duct tape method that everyone keeps talking about? I mean, surely there's more to it than just covering the wart with duct tape?

    The freeze gun looks like it might be worth a try too. I'd go to the doctors and get it frozen off, but the last time I went I ended up with a blood blister about 3cm in diameter. I'd try not to knock it on anything, but every time I did it would just bleed like a mofo.

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  • SeptusSeptus Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    The blood blister is just what naturally happens when you're killing that tissue. It's big and ugly, but it does kill and remove the wart.

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  • TrentusTrentus Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    Septus wrote: »
    The blood blister is just what naturally happens when you're killing that tissue. It's big and ugly, but it does kill and remove the wart.

    Yeah, I knew that it was necessary for it to blister up, but it just seemed so large for the size of the wart that needed removing. There just didn't seem to be any care in trying not to freeze healthy tissue.

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  • corcorigancorcorigan Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    Trentus wrote: »
    Septus wrote: »
    The blood blister is just what naturally happens when you're killing that tissue. It's big and ugly, but it does kill and remove the wart.

    Yeah, I knew that it was necessary for it to blister up, but it just seemed so large for the size of the wart that needed removing. There just didn't seem to be any care in trying not to freeze healthy tissue.

    You need to freeze some of the healthy tissue to make sure you have got it all.

    It should heal fine anyway. Unlike burning with a match...

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  • FrostyFrosty Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    These all seem to be for those "external warts", but does anyone have any homemade solutions for plantar warts? I have 2 on my feet and, while relatively small, theyre beginning to hurt as they have slowly grown over time

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  • romanqwertyromanqwerty Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    The duct tape method works Fantastically.

    I had a massive plantar wart on my foot and tried the liquid nitrogen and wart remover, and while it would shrink it, it would never completely remove it. So i tried the duct tape method and in 3 weeks it was gone, never to return.

    Basically, you put duct tape (in my case electrical tape) over the wart so that it can't breathe and it starved of oxygen. You leave it on 6 out of 7 days a week, replacing the tape as often as needed (daily for me).

    This essentially kills all the cells starved of oxygen, however as wart cells are growing fast they need the most oxygen, and hence die quickest/most effectively.

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  • FantasmaFantasma Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    Put salycilic acid on the warts 3 times a day for two weeks, that should burn them away.

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  • Richard_DastardlyRichard_Dastardly Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    Fantasma wrote: »
    Put salycilic acid on the warts 3 times a day for two weeks, that should burn them away.

    Yeah, it can take time but it'll eventually work. Just make sure you're soaking the wart in water first.

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  • The DoctorThe Doctor Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    How long has it been since you froze them? it took me 2 weeks to get rid of mine.

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  • ZephosZephos Climbin in yo ski lifts, snatchin your people up. MichiganRegistered User regular
    edited August 2009
    whats the duct tape method, girlfriend has a wart on the bottom of her foot and any cheap way to address it would be more than welcome.

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  • KingthlayerKingthlayer Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    Have you tried finding a medical school? My aunt teaches in one and she takes warts off of people for free all the time to demonstrate the proper method to her students.

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  • KajustaKajusta Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    The duct tape method works Fantastically.

    I had a massive plantar wart on my foot and tried the liquid nitrogen and wart remover, and while it would shrink it, it would never completely remove it. So i tried the duct tape method and in 3 weeks it was gone, never to return.

    Basically, you put duct tape (in my case electrical tape) over the wart so that it can't breathe and it starved of oxygen. You leave it on 6 out of 7 days a week, replacing the tape as often as needed (daily for me).


    This essentially kills all the cells starved of oxygen, however as wart cells are growing fast they need the most oxygen, and hence die quickest/most effectively.
    Zephos wrote: »
    whats the duct tape method, girlfriend has a wart on the bottom of her foot and any cheap way to address it would be more than welcome.

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  • CrossBusterCrossBuster Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    Frosty wrote: »
    These all seem to be for those "external warts", but does anyone have any homemade solutions for plantar warts? I have 2 on my feet and, while relatively small, theyre beginning to hurt as they have slowly grown over time

    I had plantar warts once before. Like most people, I didn't do anything about them until they started to hurt, but I got rid of them over a year ago, and they haven't come back since. Here's what I did.

    Use the commercial plantar wart medication - it's standard wart medication, but I think it's more concentrated, and it comes with adhesive pads that help with the pain.

    Anyway, use them as directed. After a couple days, you'll notice that the wart tissue is getting very soft. Remove the pads before you shower, and, once your skin is soft from the water, get a disposible razor (not the one you use on any other part of your body, please), and shave off the dead tissue. If you're careful, and don't apply too much pressue, it's totally painless, since you're only cutting dead skin.

    Dry your feet, re-apply the medication, and repeat until the warts are gone.

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  • DVGDVG No. 1 Honor Student Nether Institute, Evil AcademyRegistered User regular
    edited August 2009
    I had a nest of stubborn plantar warts on the bottom of my right foot once. After many failed freezing attempts, the doc gave me the cream they would use for warts in sensitive areas, and they practically fell off.

    Something to ask about if the freezing doesn't go well.

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  • Golden LegGolden Leg Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    I had large warts on my feet frozen weekly for eight months straight; they always managed to come back. Two months of the duct tape method has damn well near cured me.

    On my left hand I tend to get small warts. I find duct taping a cotton ball soaked with white vinegar helps to deter them.

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  • KakodaimonosKakodaimonos Code fondler Helping the 1% get richerRegistered User regular
    edited August 2009
    DVG wrote: »
    I had a nest of stubborn plantar warts on the bottom of my right foot once. After many failed freezing attempts, the doc gave me the cream they would use for warts in sensitive areas, and they practically fell off.

    Something to ask about if the freezing doesn't go well.

    Yeah, there's a couple of medications you can get to treat plantar warts if the other approaches don't work. I used to get them when I was young and eventually got the cream and that got rid of them.

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