>Health and Nutrition>Plantar Warts . . . remove or not
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I have had a cluster of plantar warts on the bottom of my feet for a few years. The Wife says to get rid of them, but they cause me no pain whatsoever and do not affect the running. should I have them removed or let them be?
If they weren't painful or spreading or anything, I'd leave them.
However, I have ugly feet.
And I don't have a wife. So ymmv.
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I used to get them when I swam in HS. I always had them frozen off; it doesn't hurt and then you are rid of them. I think they can spread via contact/contaminated wet surfaces. If I were your wife I would want you to have them removed too, so that I didn't contract them from using the same shower. Some of my swim team mates got them too and they would just wait for them to go away on their own. So i guess if they aren't bothering you the decision comes down to how much they bother your wife
I have - after 10 months of treatment - finally gotten rid of the warts on my 4th grader's foot. She had a sizeable cluster and I ignored them until she started picking at them (and leaving bloody tracks through the house).
We went to our family doctor for 11 (yes, 11!) freezing treatments before we finally threw in the towel and went to a dermatologist. The dermatologist did another freezing treatment and also pointed out that you can do over-the-counter treatments in between sessions. I wish I had known that last fall because it only took a few weeks to get rid of them.
What the dermatologist recommended were Curad Mediplast** patches covered by duct tape (we used waterproof first-aid tape). The Dr. said to leave it on continuously (change every 48hrs), but we went with two days on/one day off. That not only gave the surrounding area time to heal, but giving the skin time to recover let me see where the remaining warts were.
Whether you decide to treat them or not it is up to you. The dermatologist said they will go away on their own, but can take 5 years. Based on my experience with my daughter, I'd try the patches before going in for a freezing. She had good size cluster (12+) for well over a year and she did complain about her feet hurting for a day or two after the treatments. She much prefers the bandaids on her feet, but then again she's not much of a runner so I'm not how irritating they would be.
**Mediplast is a medicated patch that is stronger (40% salicylic acid) than what you can buy OTC. Our pharmacy sold individual sheets for $2.50, no prescription needed. We got rid of 8-10 warts and only used 2/3 of a sheet over 4 weeks - a little goes a long way as you cut it to cover the individual warts.
There are now home kits for freezing that might be worth a try, too. They came out not long after the last stubborn wart I had treated finally went away (one that developed on my finger while I was pregnant and stuck around until my kiddo was probably 6 months or so).
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I've also read that duct tape alone can do the trick. Not sure if it starves the wart or what but if you keep it on ALL the time the wart moves to the surface and you can file it off.
Maybe google it.
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Warts are contagious, so do the wife a favor and treat them.
I had one that took forever to go away (including the OTC treatments and freezing at a doctor's office), but apple cider vinegar finally did the trick. I soaked a tiny bit of a cotton ball in it and then stuck it on the wart and covered with a band-aid. Did this for about a week or so and it finally was gone for good.
I had a "deep" one right on my heel and thought it'd totally mess up my running. The dermatologist used the frozen spray stuff and not only did it hurt at the time of the procedure, it continued to hurt for days and days afterward. However, I found that using "corn pads" protected it while running and I had no discomfort while running. The problem is that the derm wanted me to come back at least 4 times to continue the freeze-off (all the while paying a $30 copay each time). I finally decided to just try some over-the-counter wart remover stuff, and sure enough, that would 10x better than anything the derm was doing and was way less uncomfortable.
I think they're like a cold: It'll go away in 14 days if you treat it and in 2 weeks if you don't. Substitute much longer time for warts, of course.
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Imiquimod (Aldara) has worked well for us -- two of my kids have had difficult warts and the imiquimod worked quickly and without any issues. Certainly better than freezing and whatnot. Does it not work on plantar warts for some reason? I'm surprised no one has mentioned it.
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