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Does anyone have any ideas about how to get rid of persistent warts? I have tried acid & burning - brutal, but neither work. There has got to be a better way...
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You can buy a natural remedy with Thuja in it that works and you can take it internally or use it topically but you cant use it if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Someone told me that duct tape actually works if you keep a piece of duct tape on the wart it will eventually kill it off without any pain or skin damage. Look up Thuja on the internet though and there is lots of info..
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Duct tape? Really? My ds has 3 on his finger, we tried the freezing and it didnt work. I'm sure hed love to have tape on his finger for a couple of days!
Someone told me that mangoes are anti-viral, that if put in a jar with a live virus, they will kill the virus. If its true, wouldnt it work on warts too? What do you think?
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There was an earlier thread about this, but maybe it's been pruned. I had a persistant plantar's wart which survived despite repeated acid and freezing. I was so frustrated! One of the podiatrists mentioned in passing that Vitamin A had something to do with wart removal, but findings were inconclusive. I decided to try it, and it worked when all else failed! I got oil capsules of Vitamin A&D. You pierce the capsule, put a few drops on the warts, and cover it with a bandaid. Repeat daily until it's gone. I probably did if for a couple of months to make sure it was really gone, and it never returned. I'm sure you could do the same thing on other warts. The trick seemed to be persistence - I never missed a day.
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Thanks Everyone! Great suggestions. I'm preggers so I'll try the Vit A and duct tape first, and hopefully that will take care of it.
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Heres another interesting thought. When I had my last baby at home I thought it was wayyy to slippery to be kneeling on the plastic shower curtain that was covering our bedroom carpet.. So we ended up not covering our carpet .. big mistake! There was blood but when Ben came out he pooped all his meconium out at once all over the carpet and it was a huge mess. So my husband soaked it in Shout carpet cleaner I beleive for a day or two and the scrubbed it. To get back to topic I had two plantars warts on the bottom of my feet and i walked through the shout on the carpet by accident and within a week both of the warts dried up and fell right out of my feet and never came back, and i had them on my feet for years since my daughter took swimming lessons in '94. So it may have been a strange coincidence but it worked for me..
just a thought
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Hmm, carpet cleaning and wart removal. I have always appreciated multitasking....
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Sounds like an old wives tale but it has worked for me. I had one on my finger for years and I tried banana peel, freezing, poisons and it kept coming back. I was talking to a friend who bought his daughters with a silver coin for each wart and they cleared up. He said there was a lot of phsycological involvement. so I told myself I didn't have a wart, there was no wart there at all etc. It has now gone from being an ugly mass to being a slight bump which is getting smaller each day. Mind over matter
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I had two planters warts on one of my feet years back, and I would (way gross, and waaay painful) dig and pull them out when they got big enough to do so. I kept doing this for about a year I'd guess, and one time I did the dig and pull, it pulled from really far down and bled like a stuck pig for awhile, but it never came back and I can't even remember which foot it is now.
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Collodial Silver is silver suspended in a liquid. It is anti-viral and antibactierial. You can look it up on the web. It is supposed to work for warts, since theya re viruses. But you have to be persistant.
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Cut open a raw organic potato and rub it on your wart every day. Takes a few weeks and they just fall off. Its an amazingly easy and painfree solution that has worked for my DD.
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I've been trying to get rid of two plantar's warts for more than five years now, and I've had no luck at all. I went to a podiatrist three years ago and had them cut out, which was painful, and they grew back even bigger.

Here's what yall have recommended up to this post:

Thuja (topically & internally, but not if you are breastfeeding)

Duct tape -- a new piece daily (irritates the skin and stimulates healing)

mangos

Vitamin A oil capsules -- a few drops daily (BTW, you puncture the capsule with a needle and it barely drips until you use it again)

Shout carpet cleaner

"mind over matter" -- in "Science of the mind" warts are "little expressions of hate" One affirmation is " I am the love and the beauty of Life in full expression."

cutting it out by hand yourself (or professionally)

Colloidal silver

raw potato

Thanks for all the suggestions everyone! This is great! I think I'll try the Vitamin A oil first. I will ask my naturopath about the colloidal silver.
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I was told about the duct tape remedy, but was told to file the wart first with a diamond nail file - typically used for acryllic nails. File and then cover with tape.
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Many thanks to everyone for your good ideas. The vitamin A seems to be working...but that nail file idea is a good addition, Chelle. It would probably break down that wall of defense that the virus so capably builds up.

All the best to fellow wart hosts out there! May we all successfully eradicate the little suckers...

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This thread is quite interesting Dh has a handful of nasty warts-I'm going to forward this to him.
MDC is just a wealth of information. Duct tape, who knew?

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Ooo, I've had a huge plantar's wart on my toe for almost a decade, and would LOVE to find something that would get rid of it. It really hurts in summer with sandals and bare feet. I'm going to try the Vitamin A drops, too.

Hey, has anyone else heard that the little black dots in a wart are actually blood vessels? I tried digging mine out, too, back in the days before I had health insurance, but was warned by a dermatologist later not to touch those little black threads--you could start a bad infection that way.

Okay, this is becoming its own little black thread. Gross...but helpful! :LOL

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Hey, Kam,
the only way I have EVER had success getting rid of plantar's warts (and I have had so many over the years) was when my dear mother carefully worked in them to get to those black dots exposed. She'd use a big lit magnifying glass and gently work to expose the root of the wart - it felt like an electric shock when she hit it - and then we'd use the acid. Prior to that I had tried burning, digging, acid, but no luck. The trick, I think, is breaking through that protective layer, and getting to the root - which is what I think those black things are.

Good luck getting rid of yours!
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Hello Everybody!

Reviving this thread with a bit of new info I just read in another thread about EBM getting rid of warts:

http://apnews.excite.com/article/20.../D83CUVOO0.html

Sounds promising
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that is what I just came to post to!
Breast milk...
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When DS got a plantars wart, the ped sent us to a formulating pharmacy for a homeopathic type remedy--prescription needed but not covered by insurance. It took time, but it worked. A few years later when he got another one, it worked again. I don't have the tube anymore to look up what it's called though.

"What will you do once you know?"
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Thanks for the suggestions - I have about 15 small warts (EWWWWW!) on my left heel, which started as 1 small wart and kept having little warty babies (ewwwww!)

Now I have one on my left thumb. It stinks. I'll try some of these remedies.

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I have used Dr. Scholl's plantar wart "Patches" - little adhesive dots with acid in them. My FIL, a podiatrist, recommends first trying the Duct tape remedy too, esp. if it is a child and surgical removal would be traumatic. If you're trying duct tape - it can take a LONG time - you have to be really patient and persistent. Also, although it's not really natural, Tagamet is used off-label as a wart eliminator. The little block dots - those are blood vessels. Warts are highly vascularized, that's why they bleed so much when you pick at them. To cut down on infection risk, wash (alcohol would be great) your tools and the skin well, before and after any digging.
I have a plantar that was surgically removed - it came back. FIL suggested that I be persistent about acid/trimming at dead flesh rather than try to surgically remove it again. Sometimes a slower removal results in a more complete removal.
Just one more note while I ramble on here - FIL (yes, we talk about warts a lot!) swears that he had a wart "cured" as a child by sticking it in stump water. (Standing water in a tree stump) It's worth a try!
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Breast milk ingredient may reduce warts http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/5281701/
Doctors hope it could be used to treat other viral conditions
Updated: 12:37 p.m. ET June 24 Reuters

BOSTON - A cream made from human breast milk and nicknamed Hamlet can dramatically reduce, and often eliminate, stubborn common warts, Swedish doctors reported.
Human Alpha-lactalbumin Made Lethal to Tumor cells, which the researchers refer to by the whimsical acronym HAMLET, is the active ingredient that forces the wart cell to self-destruct by accumulating in each cell’s nucleus and interfering with its control process.

The results, published in Thursday’s New England Journal of Medicine, may extend well beyond wart treatment because the same class of viruses that cause those growths are also responsible for cervical cancer, genital warts, and some types of skin cancer.
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I've heard that grapefruit seed extract works:
http://www.nutriteam.com/index2.html
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I had one on my finger for 2 years, I got tired of it being there and did this. I soaked a cotton ball in vinegar put it on the wart and wrapped either tape or duct tape around it, depending on what I saw first lol. It softened up the skin around it. This gets nasty so beware. I then sterilized a pin and pickedit open and ropped tea tree oil on it. Then I filed it with a nail file cuz you know the skin is just hanging from when i opened it up. Woke up the next day and I had no wart
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I couldn't go to that previous link, but I've got this one on breastmilk for warts:
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2004/...in625825.shtml

We're trying it on my husbands warts right now, nothing else has worked and he tried it all including duct tape...

Lots of interesting suggestions, good luck!
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Reviving this thread to update...

I had a wart on my hand which I had been trying to get rid of at home using lemon oil, orange peels, acid, etc. Wasn't working so I had the doc try to burn it off. That didn't seem to work as I was left with a firm, raise area that I presumed was the #@%^& persistent wart. So I started this thread and kept trying different remedies.

Long story short...I have just gone to a dermatologist who told me that I didn't have a wart anymore, but rather lots of scar tissue from all the poking!!! I thought that this might be good information for share. Had I known that this could have been the case I would have saved myself a lot of time, bandaids, fiddling, etc.

Cheers, Mamas!
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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/q..._uids=11952542
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Oral BACKGROUND: Viral warts are common dermatological diseases; although the rate of spontaneous recovery is high, it usually takes a long time, and some patients might not show this spontaneous healing. Zinc has an important effect on the immune system and it has been used as an immunomodulator to treat a variety of skin disorders. OBJECTIVE: To assess whether oral zinc was effective in treating viral warts of patients evaluated between May 1999 and April 2000. PATIENTS AND METHODS: This was a placebo-controlled clinical trial. Eighty patients with viral warts (common, plantar and plane) were all resistant to all forms of treatment. Each patient had > 15 warts. Forty patients were treated by oral zinc sulphate at a dose of 10 mg kg(-1) daily up to 600 mg day(-1) and followed-up for resolution of their warts and for any evidence of recurrence for 2-6 months. Another 40 patients were given a placebo oral treatment in the form of glucose, and followed-up for the same period. RESULTS: Only 23 patients of the first group (zinc treated) and 20 patients of the second group (placebo treated) completed the study. In all patients the serum level of zinc was low. In the zinc-treated group, the overall response was complete clearance of warts observed in 20 patients (86.9%) after 2 months of treatment. Fourteen patients (60.9%) showed complete disappearance of their warts after 1 month. Three patients (13.3%) failed to respond to the treatment after 2 months of therapy. The response to treatment was directly related to the increment in serum zinc level. No patient of the placebo-treated group showed any response. CONCLUSIONS: We conclude that zinc sulphate at a dose of 10 mg kg(-1) daily seems to be a highly efficacious therapeutic option for recalcitrant viral warts and proved to be safe with few adverse effects.
http://www.prescription2000.com/expe...awaiz0603.html
follow this ^^^ link to get a writeup about the zinc study in plain english

and according to kellymom's site:
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http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/vi...able.html#Zinc

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Interesting....question though:
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a dose of 10 mg kg(-1) daily up to 600 mg day(-1)
Does this mean 10 mg for every kg of body weight?
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