This is not a topic I ever intended on blogging so the following photos were just photos taken with my Iphone for documentation purposes. I am not a medical expert, and am not offering any medical advice, merely a remedy according to what I experienced.
We are all afraid of appearing grotesque to some extent or another. Our reputation is a commodity in itself, therefore we want to present ourselves in the best possible light- complete with sprinkles and shoe polish. We selectively blog and share with the online community our personalities as we WANT to be perceived. People are a bit squeamish when it comes to the topic of warts. Nevertheless someone has to do the dirty work and I’m not usually one to sugar-coat things to make things easier to swallow… so I’ll volunteer myself for the job of sharing with you my journey on DIY wart removal. Before you lose your dinner over reading this post, I want to let you know that you’ll thank me someday when you too are unfortunate enough to grow your own little wart.
Firstly, how do you know that you have a wart? I particularly only want to talk about plantar warts. These are the nasty things that grow mainly on the bottom of your feet or toes caused by the Human Papillomavirus (HPV). You can read more about this here on Wikipedia Apparently they are highly contagious, but mine was pretty much self-contained and didn’t spread to anywhere else.
Other failed attempts at wart removal
I was fortunate enough to get one on the bottom of my foot about 2 years ago. I never thought too much about it..at first I thought I had a blister from walking around for too long in heels in the rain. It didn’t bother me too much as it eventually grew callus over the top and I got used to the pain of walking over 2 years. In this period, I went to the a local GP to have it treated with liquid nitrogen on two occasions. It hurt like hell and didn’t heal as it was supposed to..instead….all the good skin around it got burnt and I had trouble walking for a week after each treatment even though it failed to help. So I tried some home remedies from the pharmacy. I bought Dr Scholl’s Freeze Away Wart Remover and used about 4 applications before I gave up (nothing happened again). So I did some internet research and came across a home remedy which I want to share with you.
What do you need to get rid of this nasty thing is:
1. Apple Cider Vinegar. ANY apple cider vinegar. I went to Coles and bought a bottle of Cornwell’s Apple Cider Vinegar which costs about $2.71 for a 375ml bottle.
2. Cotton Wool or Make-up pads
3. Medical Tape. or a bandage.
4. A bowl
How I got rid of my wart:
So firstly, you need to clean the area. After a shower, I hopped out on one foot to make sure the clean foot didn’t touch the ground again (you don’t want to cover up the area with any dust from your floor etc.) and jumped onto the edge of my bed. Pour a bit of APV (Apple cider vinegar) into a bowl (you don’t need to measure, just pour some into a bowl like Jamie Oliver style) and soak your make-up pad/ cotton ball in it for about 5 minutes so that it’s dripping wet. Then you place it on top of the wart and cover it with medical tape or a bandage. I would recommend using medical tape. I strapped this to my foot pretty tightly and left it on overnight.
In the morning, take it off, clean it again and reapply using the steps above. If you strap it well enough it should be sufficient so that you can walk on it without much of the APV leaking through.
On the second night, I found that the area had become more exposed, and the skin surrounding the wart had softened up and come off revealing some little black spots. It resembled a white crater of dead skin with some black spots in the middle …those are the wart’s roots. On the fourth day I was crying because it hurt so much to walk. I was also at work in heels which was a VERY BAD IDEA. Some people say you have to keep trimming it, but I just left it alone and continued the treatment.
It’s actually quite satisfying to see the whole chunk dislodge with a little bit of picking and fall out in one piece. Okay, I kind of used disinfected nail clippers to kind of pry the corner of it, then it came out in one piece. I continued doing this treatment for about 2 days after the wart fell off to make sure that everything had been killed and didn’t come back. If you don’t do this properly, then there is a high chance that the roots are still in tact and the wart is still alive. So here we go. This is the cheapest, most effective method of treatment for plantar warts. And you have nothing, but $3 to lose by giving up a week of your life to try it out.
So it’s pretty gross…..but here it is….the miracle one week cure to get rid of that stubborn nasty plantar wart! I have now been wart free for 4 months. :)