Just as a background, I am a real person who suffered for over five years with these damn plantar warts. And it is my hope that, with the information here, you will once and for all eliminate your warts and save yourself some of the pain I went through.
This article is written as a caution to those seeking treatment for their plantar warts. It wasn't after I had tried over a dozen different ineffective methods that I discovered a completely safe, painless and effective way to permanently remove plantar warts in just three days.
This list is just a few of the methods I tryed that DID NOT WORK.. Do NOT try any of these methods, as they dont work. Regardless of the fact that they have been practised for YEARS.
Learn from my pain... and do what works.
Cutting: First off, I tried this many times. It seems like an instinct to just cut the darn things out by the root. I even was advised by two doctors to do this and let me tell you, it is really fucking painful. Even worse, is it bleeds like crazy and then grows back stronger, deeper and bigger. Don't bother this method. If you find that they are growing out too much, use a pumice stone. These are great for shaving off the outside part of the wart.
Keratolytic Chemicals/Trichloracetic Acid/Salicylic Acid: Now, let me begin by saying that these products are bullshit. I spent over $300 on every over the counter acid for plantar warts on the Canadian market and even one that require a prescription from a doctor. There are all pretty much the same. Acid is applied to the wart, and a bandage/band aide is used to hold down the acid. They recommend replacing the acid once a day usually. This remedy kills the wart and often the skin around the wart as well. You are able to see it come apart, and you will often see the roots. The problem is, the root is never destroyed completely and after the acid is finished, it just grows back. Sometimes because the acid will kill all the skin in the area, the wart is now able to grow back bigger and tougher. After months of doing this, I realized that I was wasting my time (and money). Not to mention, this stuff is very painful. Dont bother with any of the brands out there. CompoundW, Dr. Scholes and all the others are examples of this. If you dont belive me, do some research on the net and you will see countless reviews of customers that didn't get any results.
Duct Tape/Glue/Coco Butter: I wasted about a year on a number of methods that theorized you could deprive the wart of oxygen and that somehow the wart would die off. We now know that a wart is a virus, and that the blood flow to the wart is what feeds it. So the duct tape method is also bullshit. Years ago the US military released a study that suggested duct tape helps. We now know better. We now know that the immune system is what s the wart. The healer within destroys the wart and depriving the wart of oxygen is ineffective. Interestingly enough, there are many advocates of this technique, and you can find people on the net who share their story. The only problem with these stories is that, on a conscious level it appears as if the duct tape was the cure even though it was NOT.
Pulsed Dye Laser Therapy: The laser treatment is pure crap. Its more painful then having your eyeballs poked with bicycle spokes. When you get blasted with the laser, the wart burns into bits of dust that go everywhere, even into your lungs (scary stuff). And the worst part is the roots are unaffected. It took about 2 weeks for the plantar warts to grow back. Painful, dangerous, ineffective and damn expensive!
Tea Tree Oil: I went through about three bottles of this stuff. Tea Tree Oil is great for many skin aliments, but when it comes to plantar warts.. completely useless. It softens the wart and it smells nice, but thats about it.
Cryosurgery (cryotherapy) AKA Freezing: This is about the most painful treatment. First you have to pay a licensed medical doctor. He sits you down, and then proceed to apply liquid nitrogen to your wart (which is very sensitive to begin with). And when you think you can't take any more pain, the good doctor proceeds to freeze the next wart. Soon after, the wart blisters and eventually scabs over. Then for the rest of the day as you walk about doing your business, you feel the pain in every step. I went back to my family doctor over FIFTEEN times and endured this torture. I even have a stack of appointment slips at home to prove it.
Over the past few years, a number of companies have come out with products that allow you to do this on your own at home. The general consensus I get from my colleagues and friends who have used them is that they are pure crap. Useless.
Burning: I watched a friend of mine heat up his lighter until it was red hot, and then proceed to hold it down against his wart (he screamed like a little girl). Years later the wart went away on its own and now all that remains is a 'happy face' burned into his palm.
I have also heard of people using incense sticks and holding them against the wart. I have seen a video on YouTube of this and I have posted it on my blog.
Banana Peel: I admit, I was so desperate that I tried this one. Don't bother.
Homeopathic/Natureopathic: One day I went to a homeopathic doctor who advised me to try this medicine. I can't even remember the name of it, but to make a long story short, the stuff tastes like pine needle juice. Every day for a month, I had a few drops of this juice. The doctor told me this long story about how in ancient times monks who had warts ate pine tree needles and lost the warts, and how this was the origin of this plantar wart remedy (and probably genital warts too). The bottles of this stuff are expensive and I never saw any progress during the time I was taking it.
In my next article, I will explain in step by step detail how I made all my warts totally disappear in just a few days. How I finally got the clear and healthy skin I wanted so bad and how my confidence and self-esteem went through he roof!