Warts! Any over-the-counter cures?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by ravenvii, Sep 23, 2007.

  1. ravenvii macrumors 604


    Mar 17, 2004
    Melenkurion Skyweir
    I got some of dem warts on my big toe. It's those tiny, cauliflower-like warts. I got 4 of 'em.

    I was going to wait to go to the dermatologist to have them frozen off, but I want them gone now.

    Is there any over-the-counter stuff that can kill them good?
  2. P-Worm macrumors 68020


    Jul 16, 2002
    Salt Lake City, UT
    There is, but it takes much longer than freezing.

  3. r1ch4rd macrumors 6502a


    Aug 5, 2005
    Manchester UK
  4. imac/cheese macrumors 6502a

    Jun 7, 2007
    When I was a kid I had a wart on my thumb and one just below my index finger. My family took a trip to Montana and the warts went away. I have been wart free for the last 20 years. I would highly recommend it, especially if you like the outdoors. :)
  5. runningman macrumors regular

    Jan 8, 2003
    If there plantar warts they are a pain to get rid of. you can try the freeze spray over the counter the problem is if they are plantar warts they have a large callus over them to protect them. The finger like warts your describing may respond to it. You can also try duct tape there was a nice study about it. Good luck
  6. JNB macrumors 604


    Oct 7, 2004
    In a Hell predominately of my own making
    Scotch (cellophane) tape. Apply completely around the finger covering the wart, and change daily. Covering them like that softens them with the retained warmth & moisture, and changing the tape pulls off a bit every time painlessly. Takes a couple of weeks or so to remove them completely. Sanitary and cheap.

    For the more chemically-minded, acetone (nail polish remover). Apply a single small drop to the wart two or three times a day, no more. Slowly dissolves them.

    Don't combine the methods - the acetone will eat through the tape.

    In general, though, they will work themselves out. I used to have about three or four when I was a kid, and as I got older, they just simply went away.
  7. Sherman Homan macrumors 6502

    Oct 27, 2006
    Pretty much like JohnNotBeatle says, the issue is that scotch tape, duct tape, acetone, and wart acid don't actually kill the plantar virus. Your own body's immune system does. The callous protects the wart from your body. So by softening the callous, scrubbing it, wrapping it, and irritating it you are stimulating your body's immunological attack. They are very annoying.
  8. iRachel macrumors 6502a

    Apr 21, 2005
    The Soybean Captial of the World
    You can try an over-the-counter freezing kit or cream (the Compound W brand works pretty well), but like runningman said, depending on what type of warts they are, you may or may not get results.

    Do you have to go to the dermatologist? My regular doctor was able to freeze off the wart I got on my foot last year so I didn't have to wait for an appointment with a specialist.
  9. adk macrumors 68000


    Nov 11, 2005
    Stuck in the middle with you
    Just snip it off with a toenail clipper*

    *note: disregard this advice in the event of genital warts
  10. runningman macrumors regular

    Jan 8, 2003
    Yeah if it's a genital wart you have to watch the snipping.
    The studies I have read talk more about duct tape cut to a little bit bigger than the size of the wart. And changing every couple days.
    As far as the callus it actually protects it from outside forces rather than inside forces.
    Though as said most warts will eventually be eliminated after a while it just is that the time will vary before your body takes care of them.
  11. Leareth macrumors 68000


    Nov 11, 2004
    Banana peel taped to spot at night.

    enzymes in peel eat away at it.

    never tried since never had warts. :D
    but other people swear by it.
  12. ravenvii thread starter macrumors 604


    Mar 17, 2004
    Melenkurion Skyweir
    I've been using the duct tape method for a week now. Had 4 warts, two are gone and the other 2 are on it's way to deadsville population: 2.

  13. richkent72 macrumors regular

    In the UK you can by stuff, not even over the counter but off a supermarket shelf, to freeze off warts yourself. Two weeks on from treatment, two warts on my finger are gone.
  14. zioxide macrumors 603


    Dec 11, 2006
  15. nitynate macrumors 6502a

    Jan 22, 2006
    Clearwater, FL
    Here's my trick, but I had a huge hole in my finger for a month. :)

    Had 4 doctor freezing treatments, tried duct tape and bananas everything! It was killing me. So I ended up taking a vicodin and ripping it out.
  16. .Andy macrumors 68030


    Jul 18, 2004
    The Mergui Archipelago
    I had a friend who used some dry ice to burn off his own wart a couple of years ago. Granted this was dry ice out of our laboratory stock! He ended up getting a massive granuloma on his finger over the course of a couple of days and required microsurgery to fix it.

    It looked exactly like this.


    So be careful with the do it yourself remedies!
  17. Dont Hurt Me macrumors 603

    Dont Hurt Me

    Dec 21, 2002
    Yahooville S.C.
  18. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    I've used the plier type toenail clippers on warts and such.

    Painful when you do it, especially alcohol on it after.

    But at least it is gone in a couple of days, if you dig down deep enough.
  19. runningman macrumors regular

    Jan 8, 2003
    I wouldn't recommend the pliers one it will hurt like hell two it usually leaves a piece that will regenerate. If you're going down this vein you could recommend a small rodent to gnaw away
  20. Virgil-TB2 macrumors 65816


    Aug 3, 2007
    This will sound stupid as hell, but it's an old family remedy that has worked for every wart I ever had and every wart anyone in my family ever had....

    Get someone to buy it from you.
    Seriously. :)

    You have to make the deal with a straight face, you have to believe it and the person buying it has to believe it. Works every time.
  21. runningman macrumors regular

    Jan 8, 2003
    I love it selling warts under the table and not reporting it on your taxes.
  22. Sherman Homan macrumors 6502

    Oct 27, 2006
    Your own or someone else's? There is a big difference. The taxman cometh.
  23. Misty186 macrumors newbie

    Jul 22, 2017
    You can't just cut off a wart.. it will grow back... I've tried...
  24. jbarley macrumors 68040


    Jul 1, 2006
    Vancouver Island
    I have to wonder if the poster you replied to had their wart grow back, it's had 10 years to do so.

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