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What causes warts? Is there a way to get rid of them?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 13, 2011 at 2:37 AM

Just curious.. Does a bad diet cause warts? I have never had one and I am 20 years old. Now I do on my toe. My mom says it's a plantars wart. I was curious is there any way to get rid of it? Maybe fasting or some paleoish thing? Thanks for reading!

D3ff004d4a0c42b67cc2c49a5ee9c0f3

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on October 24, 2011
at 12:24 AM

Is your grandmother from South America? My wife is Colombian and everyone I met in Colombia talks about saliva for anything from a rash to tumors - and they all swear by it.

D3ff004d4a0c42b67cc2c49a5ee9c0f3

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on October 24, 2011
at 12:22 AM

I had one for a very long time and one day the pain got so bad I performed surgery on myself with an exacto knife. Very bloody and painful until I got to the bottom of it. It was instant relief and has not come back in 15 years. I don't recommend this as a DIY procedure, but maybe have a doc look into surgery.

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on October 23, 2011
at 11:11 PM

@Karen P... no one is saying the virus is getting cured by Paleo.... the diet supports the immune system so that you don't express the symptoms.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on October 23, 2011
at 03:19 PM

Fascinating. :P

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on October 23, 2011
at 03:13 PM

@Karen: You are delusional. Thats exactly the point of the diet, to save you from the infections. You can't choose what are you saved from - its not specific treatment. You will either improve totally or not at all.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on October 23, 2011
at 03:07 PM

mhm... interesting. Looks like boosted immunity from D3. http://www.mayoclinic.org/medical-edge-newspaper-2008/april-17c.html

7d0c3ea9bf8be00b93e6433d8f125ac3

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on October 23, 2011
at 02:44 PM

All warts are caused by a virus.

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on July 10, 2011
at 08:53 PM

You're too far gone for the duct tape method or over the counter salicylic acid. Go to a derm. It's going to hurt, I had one once, and you'll be a bit hobbly for awhile, get those moleskin donut hole foot pad things - they'll help, but they'll be gone. As a former swimmer who lived at the pool I'm giving you the best advice ever: wear.shower.shoes and don't take them off at any time unless you're getting ready to dive in. You may have something else going on with your bod, the pool may not be the culprit, so talk to your doc.

F6f0f591b492969e931dbb7ac3774db2

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on May 07, 2011
at 07:50 PM

This worked for me too. I had 8 warts on my feet. I applied salicyclic acid and duct tape twice a day. It took about 3 months before they went away.

9a5e2da94ad63ea3186dfa494e16a8d1

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on May 06, 2011
at 07:09 PM

My wife had what she thought was a plantar's wart on her foot and went through the same routine of cutting, poking, burning, etc, and it never got better. Then a different doctor told her that it was a clogged sweat gland, and not a wart at all. Just a thought...

Fe33d1321dad116f6fedd60266d0498b

on April 16, 2011
at 03:51 PM

Mine never hurt on their own- they would hurt only when I put pressure on them, or was trying to attack them/remove them. Salicyclic acid tended to hurt, as did trying to dig them up with nailclippers.

E4ea912bb525efc4e392821120cfb8a6

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on April 16, 2011
at 01:07 AM

Are they supposed to hurt?

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

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on April 14, 2011
at 05:22 PM

you, too?!?! i had no idea, woman! wtf can we do?

95eda9fa0cec952b482e869c34a566b6

on April 14, 2011
at 03:20 PM

I agree Karen P that diet can't save you from everything. However, it does make some difference; food is a form of medicine. Thanks for clarifying your viewpoint, especially regarding the quackery. I also agree that paleo is not a panacea. Now your comment makes more sense.

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on April 14, 2011
at 01:32 PM

Plantars warts aren't the same as other warts. They're caused by a virus and only appear on your feet. I was a swimmer and have had several over the years. Yes, they are painful, but they are treatable. Mine all eventually fell off, but I know a number of people who actually had to have them removed.

47e1e207e9cd7df2a5adcf571f17f76f

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on April 14, 2011
at 01:31 PM

yes, you have met someone else with the same thing (me) - ha!

F5f742cc9228eb5804114d0f3be4e587

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on April 14, 2011
at 02:53 AM

I don't mean to be a total arse about it, but really. I'm wary of anyone subscribing such healing powers to our WOE. Yes, I quite understand the mechanism of our immune system and the theories behind how diet affects it, and I'm still saying that humans will get viruses. It's called having all the normal symptoms of a human body. People will begin to think we're all quacks if we think it will cure everything. I'm almost 100% Primal and I am currently having a mild eczema resurgence. It comes with the equipment. The diet can't save you from everything.

95eda9fa0cec952b482e869c34a566b6

on April 14, 2011
at 02:09 AM

There's this thing called your immune system, the strength of which is in proportion to the quality of your diet. Every day, we're all exposed to many viruses and bacteria.

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on April 14, 2011
at 01:24 AM

warts also spontaneously vanish; you could possibly have stood on your head once a day for three years and that also might have been it.

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on April 13, 2011
at 04:47 PM

cool story corinne (miss goldie). the only person with two :)

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on April 13, 2011
at 03:14 PM

And whether or not it is expressed as a verruca is partially driven by general health, including what we eat.

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on April 13, 2011
at 04:06 AM

I have been supplementing D3 for quite some time, started at 5000 iu/day, now average 3000/day. No change in the little wart down by my ankle.

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on April 13, 2011
at 04:05 AM

um, yeah, most of us have it, but not all of us express it.

6426d61a13689f8f651164b10f121d64

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on April 13, 2011
at 03:49 AM

Wart treatments work by irritating the skin and stimulating your immune system to fight off the wart virus. OTC meds such as Duofilm contain salicylic acid, which is an exfoliant. Freezing, duct tape, and Duofilm can all be effective, but it can take time--up to 12 weeks or more.

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on April 13, 2011
at 03:33 AM

Mine went away a year into paleo. It was great since they were totally gross and I didn't want to get them burned off at the dermatologist.

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030e4c293151bf6c70550dcfcfde0f67

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on April 13, 2011
at 12:05 PM

I had warts on the back of my neck - six of them - my entire life, at least as long I as remembered. They weren't small, either. I had them frozen off at least a dozen times, but they always returned within months of the big chill.

I started following a paleo diet three years ago. I also started supplementing with D3 as my blood work showed that I was very low. On my doctor's rec, I took 10,000 IU a day for six months, then 5K a day from then to the current time. My levels are perfect now.

And... the warts disappeared! Entirely! I didn't even notice they were gone until a couple of months ago, they simply vanished.

I don't know if it was the paleo or the D3, and I don't know if it took the full three years or what, but they are gone. I am amazed.

So my guess is that paleo plus watching your D levels will get you where you need to be. Good luck!!

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on April 13, 2011
at 04:47 PM

cool story corinne (miss goldie). the only person with two :)

425aa4bfb79556ed50ea693c3edd7e13

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on April 14, 2011
at 01:24 AM

warts also spontaneously vanish; you could possibly have stood on your head once a day for three years and that also might have been it.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on October 23, 2011
at 03:07 PM

mhm... interesting. Looks like boosted immunity from D3. http://www.mayoclinic.org/medical-edge-newspaper-2008/april-17c.html

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F5f742cc9228eb5804114d0f3be4e587

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on April 13, 2011
at 04:02 AM

O.M.G. Google it. No, Paleo diet won't help you. It's a normal, human virus that 96% of humanity has been exposed to.

B3c62d89cd47b7d7209b6a99243d0ded

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on April 13, 2011
at 03:14 PM

And whether or not it is expressed as a verruca is partially driven by general health, including what we eat.

F5f742cc9228eb5804114d0f3be4e587

(7660)

on April 14, 2011
at 02:53 AM

I don't mean to be a total arse about it, but really. I'm wary of anyone subscribing such healing powers to our WOE. Yes, I quite understand the mechanism of our immune system and the theories behind how diet affects it, and I'm still saying that humans will get viruses. It's called having all the normal symptoms of a human body. People will begin to think we're all quacks if we think it will cure everything. I'm almost 100% Primal and I am currently having a mild eczema resurgence. It comes with the equipment. The diet can't save you from everything.

95eda9fa0cec952b482e869c34a566b6

on April 14, 2011
at 03:20 PM

I agree Karen P that diet can't save you from everything. However, it does make some difference; food is a form of medicine. Thanks for clarifying your viewpoint, especially regarding the quackery. I also agree that paleo is not a panacea. Now your comment makes more sense.

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on April 13, 2011
at 04:05 AM

um, yeah, most of us have it, but not all of us express it.

95eda9fa0cec952b482e869c34a566b6

on April 14, 2011
at 02:09 AM

There's this thing called your immune system, the strength of which is in proportion to the quality of your diet. Every day, we're all exposed to many viruses and bacteria.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on October 23, 2011
at 03:13 PM

@Karen: You are delusional. Thats exactly the point of the diet, to save you from the infections. You can't choose what are you saved from - its not specific treatment. You will either improve totally or not at all.

Ef4c5b09fdccf73be575d3a0c267fdd9

(2539)

on October 23, 2011
at 11:11 PM

@Karen P... no one is saying the virus is getting cured by Paleo.... the diet supports the immune system so that you don't express the symptoms.

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06d21b99c58283ce575e36c4ecd4a458

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on April 13, 2011
at 02:52 AM

Warts are caused by viruses that manifest in growths on the hands and feet.

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/155039.php

Since we know that Vit D3 optimal serum blood levels activates T Cells to seek and find bacteria and viruses and destroy them, I wonder if you began a supplementation regime of 10,000IU a day... if that would alleviate the problem rather than the Compound W types of topical chemicals.

See this posting about Vit D3 and T-Cells

http://paleohacks.com/questions/28750/do-you-know-how-vit-d-assists-the-body-in-warding-off-diseases#axzz1JMpgx4l3

Anyone have any info specifically on Vit D3 and warts?

Cd2ff8c68dd1f1d539ad7f0ee94b0421

(1061)

on April 13, 2011
at 04:06 AM

I have been supplementing D3 for quite some time, started at 5000 iu/day, now average 3000/day. No change in the little wart down by my ankle.

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9a5e2da94ad63ea3186dfa494e16a8d1

on May 06, 2011
at 07:15 PM

I had a wart on the bottom of my foot a long time ago. I did the usual routine of cutting, applying chemicals, treating with frozen nitrogen, etc. This was very painful, inconvenient, and gross. I thought I'd killed it twice and it came back.

The third time I was absolutely determined, and I applied the skin-softening chemical for weeks longer than recommended, and trimmed the skin away each time. I kept the spot covered with a bandage, which got more and more elaborate the more I pursued it, including padding to keep it from hurting too much when I walked. It was like an archaeological dig. It was mildly painful to walk but I could live with it.

I want to say it was something like 5-6 weeks of concerted effort (it was a long time ago), one day I was going through the routine and I noticed the skin under where I was cutting was different. I had been used to seeing a round hole which I assume was the "root" of the wart. Imagine a cone shape with a long tail, the wart is the fat part of the cone and the skinny part of the cone is the root. A cross-section of this would look like a round hole. The little hole got smaller and smaller the further I went down, until finally I got to the end of it.

I kept at the treatment for a couple of days but I knew intuitively that I had gotten to the end of it. I finally quit and let the skin heal up and it's been gone ever since.

F6f0f591b492969e931dbb7ac3774db2

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on May 07, 2011
at 07:50 PM

This worked for me too. I had 8 warts on my feet. I applied salicyclic acid and duct tape twice a day. It took about 3 months before they went away.

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170794d4eef80de2691106c483a31ebd

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on April 13, 2011
at 02:34 PM

Apple Cider Vinegar of decent quality, not Walmart stuff. Depending on the size, moisten a cotton ball or qtip end with the ACV and place over the wart. Tape it off and leave it on during the nights. It'll start stinging like a mother after a day or two but keep going.

The wart will look like its developing little black seeds inside (pretty gross). Keep going with the ACV even after the wart falls off for a week or so and after that, let the little skin crater heal up.

Takes a little longer than "conventional methods," but as natural as remedies get and cheap. I've had no recurrence.

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on July 23, 2013
at 03:20 PM

I had them on my foot for a few years. Salicylic acid did nothing to them, same with freezing, and ACV. They always came back.

I froze them, and then covered them with duct tape. I seriously had my foot covered for 6 months with duct tape, replacing it every 2-3 days (I would shower with it on, it got gross, but at that point I didn't care, I just wanted them GONE), continually scrubbing off the dead wart and callus every week or two with a pumice stone, which then just grew out and never came back. It's been 2 years since, and no sign of them.

I am now getting rid of one that appeared on my thumb. It appeared when my immune system wasn't the greatest because of stress and diet. I did the same thing over the course of a couple of weeks and I'm just scrubbing off the last of it. I've also got my health into gear both times. Hopefully that helps!

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on January 07, 2012
at 08:00 PM

lack of lysine, bring over stressed, low immunity all cause warts bandaging a little wad of apple cider vinegar soaked gauze or tp on the wart after you shave a little off the top will hurt like a mother but do it until the wart is black and dead and you can pick it out..........!

that sap fro ma fig tree can also be found in soapwart plant and i think its the latex in banana peels as well

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on October 23, 2011
at 10:20 PM

When you pick a fig off a tree, a bit of "milk" oozes out. The milk reduced my son's wart significantly every day over a few days use, while vacationing. Problem was locating a handy fig tree at home.

If you happen to have access to a fig tree, it might be worth a try.

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27d22f27e75c8ecd261b987ddb82e861

on October 23, 2011
at 02:33 PM

Warts are caused by the HPV virus. When this virus enters your skin( usually through little cuts or scrapes) it will infect the skin cells. This is what causes warts to start growing. There are a number of effective treatments available. The best of these is freezing them with liquid nitrogen. This treatment is fast, effective and painfree. Hope this helps!

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on May 06, 2011
at 11:16 PM

If you don't want to freeze it away,you might wanna try this first. My grandmother taught me this,it can be a bit gross but it worked for me. Every morning when you wake up,put some of your own saliva on it,before you consume anything of food,fluids(even water) or brush your teeth. Do this every day....and behold,it will disappear.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on October 23, 2011
at 03:19 PM

Fascinating. :P

D3ff004d4a0c42b67cc2c49a5ee9c0f3

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on October 24, 2011
at 12:24 AM

Is your grandmother from South America? My wife is Colombian and everyone I met in Colombia talks about saliva for anything from a rash to tumors - and they all swear by it.

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Fe33d1321dad116f6fedd60266d0498b

on April 14, 2011
at 02:04 AM

I've had plantar warts for a long damn time, on and off. Lysine helps a bit, starving them of oxygen helps a bit (covering them with nailpolish, duct tape, whatever-but duct tape will rub off and get on your socks/shoes, beware), keeping them dry helps a bit (no socks/shoes- just air), sulfur works a bit, digging them out with nailclippers doesn't work, the salicyclic acid pads/bandaids/gel don't work, freezer kit doesn't really work... and so on. But that's for me. Other people have had great success with some/any/all of the above. Me, I just get them once in a while, they stick around for a year or so, then they disappear or move. They ebb and flow. I've had them since... high school, I think? maybe earlier? and I'm 30, now. Good luck.

E4ea912bb525efc4e392821120cfb8a6

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on April 16, 2011
at 01:07 AM

Are they supposed to hurt?

Fe33d1321dad116f6fedd60266d0498b

on April 16, 2011
at 03:51 PM

Mine never hurt on their own- they would hurt only when I put pressure on them, or was trying to attack them/remove them. Salicyclic acid tended to hurt, as did trying to dig them up with nailclippers.

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9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on April 13, 2011
at 04:10 AM

I had several on my hands when I started paleo. I had had them for many years and didn't want to go to the dermatologist about them because when I was a kid I had one freeze-burned off and damn did it hurt.

I did do some things to try to make them go away so I'm not sure if it was diet or these things. This sounds totally gross, but I'd trim and then put ACV on them.

After a year or so they just went away.

I'm quite happy about it. Maybe I just got lucky, but I do think diet can help allow your skin to fight off the virus.

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39374a27c1696edf24eb622d34ab4eef

on August 13, 2013
at 05:46 AM

Has anyone ever tried putting fresh beef liver directly on a wart? Trim all the crap of the wart to expose all the good stuff and then take a fresh piece of beef liver and slap it over the open wart. Leave it on there for a couple hours, then clean the area and place a band-aid over it and repeat the whole process for 3 days. The wart will vanish within a week or 2. I have done this for 3 warts on my hands now. Typing this right now with #3 under the meat tape combo that smells like raw garbage. Lol.

The liver has to be absolutely fresh though. If it is frozen or older than a couple days dead then it will not work as the important stuff needed will be dead and wont kill the wart.

Your welcome.

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on October 23, 2011
at 02:50 PM

I had a plantar wart on the bottom of my foot for about 10 years. I finally started treating it with homeopathic thuja (just the Boiron brand in the blue tube that you can get from the store). After about a month it was totally gone, and it hasn't come back--it's been about five years.

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on July 10, 2011
at 01:17 PM

I've had 2 plantar's warts on the bottoms of my feet for almost a year now. I am a swimmer and probably picked up the virus at the pool. One is in between my toes and the other is on the ball of my foot. They are very painful to have and walk on and NOTHING has worked in the effort of getting rid of them. Now they are spreading to other parts of my foot that the original ones touch. They are so disgusting and gross I just want them to go away!!! They hurt!!!

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on July 10, 2011
at 08:53 PM

You're too far gone for the duct tape method or over the counter salicylic acid. Go to a derm. It's going to hurt, I had one once, and you'll be a bit hobbly for awhile, get those moleskin donut hole foot pad things - they'll help, but they'll be gone. As a former swimmer who lived at the pool I'm giving you the best advice ever: wear.shower.shoes and don't take them off at any time unless you're getting ready to dive in. You may have something else going on with your bod, the pool may not be the culprit, so talk to your doc.

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on April 14, 2011
at 12:50 AM

i got a plantar wart about 13 years ago teaching SCUBA diving in a totally filthy urban YMCA pool. still have it. its been burned, lasered, saked in 40% salicylic acid every night for months on end and its still there. ive also been living with my husband and sharing a shower floor with him for 9 of those years and have not passed it on. its the only wart i have ever had. been to about three derms, my PCP, natural docs and a podiatrist. eating a paleo diet has not had any effect whatsoever on it at all. its particularly stubborn and ive never met anyone with quite the same thing. who knows... im guessing im stuck with it as my little passenger for life. gross.

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on April 14, 2011
at 01:31 PM

yes, you have met someone else with the same thing (me) - ha!

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on April 14, 2011
at 05:22 PM

you, too?!?! i had no idea, woman! wtf can we do?

9a5e2da94ad63ea3186dfa494e16a8d1

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on May 06, 2011
at 07:09 PM

My wife had what she thought was a plantar's wart on her foot and went through the same routine of cutting, poking, burning, etc, and it never got better. Then a different doctor told her that it was a clogged sweat gland, and not a wart at all. Just a thought...

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on October 24, 2011
at 12:22 AM

I had one for a very long time and one day the pain got so bad I performed surgery on myself with an exacto knife. Very bloody and painful until I got to the bottom of it. It was instant relief and has not come back in 15 years. I don't recommend this as a DIY procedure, but maybe have a doc look into surgery.

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on April 13, 2011
at 04:12 AM

Raw potato skin is theoretically the traditional method, but it probably is a matter of something people do and luck out on it going away naturally. Freezing or the anti-wart chemicals are probably your most reliable methods.

There is no way to describe eating beef liver or similar as a cure in this case (aside from trying to keep with the traditional "not enough copper answer" :D ).

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on April 13, 2011
at 02:46 AM

I've always gone to the doc to freeze them off. I've also heard wrapping them in duct tape works, but I've never tried it.

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on April 13, 2011
at 03:49 AM

Wart treatments work by irritating the skin and stimulating your immune system to fight off the wart virus. OTC meds such as Duofilm contain salicylic acid, which is an exfoliant. Freezing, duct tape, and Duofilm can all be effective, but it can take time--up to 12 weeks or more.

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