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    Plantar Wart

    I think I have one. Anyone have any experience?

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    I've had them in the past on the heels of my hands and had them freeze-killed at a dermatologist. I've got one on the sole of my foot right now and have been dealing with it rather than getting it frozen. For me, at a certain point they developed a hard kernel that feels like a pebble is stuck under your skin, and then it gets difficult to use that part of your foot/hand in a pressure bearing sense.

    When you get it frozen the area will be tender for several days and it eventually works out to the surface like the knot of clotted blood and dead tissue it is, or like the embedded piece of gravel it feels like.

    At the store the other day I noticed in the foot care section some freeze-kill home kits for something like 20-30 bucks. Cheaper than a dermatologist visit, but a first-time user of the freezer might not do it correctly. It hurts a little when the liquified N is being applied. Might require a little Rambo courage if you're a flincher.

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    as said above
    -freeze it professionally
    -freeze it at home
    -other home remedies
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    change some habits(footwear, socks, footcare) and it might eventually go away on it's own.

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    I prefered when they were called Verrucas.

    It's almost unmanly to call in professional help before even attempting a home repair though.
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    i don't know if they even do this anymore, but i had two burned out when I was a teen

    burning flesh smells something awful!

    they did not return

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    Bought one of the OTC cryo kits yesterday and gave it a shot. Minimal if any pain, slightly tender today. I'll try to remember to report back on effectiveness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by creaky fossil View Post
    Might require a little Rambo courage if you're a flincher.


    My dad had one of these near his arch that he neglected for years. Led to him favoring his other foot, which then led to back problems. Freezing (or beheading it with large knife) is the way to go.
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    40 years ago I used a salicylic acid patch to kill the upper surface layers, trimmed with a razor blade until I hit living tissue/got blood and then repeated; took about two+ weeks. No pain, no stink, no Rambo knives, cheap, but obviously not the answer if you're in a rush.

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    In middle school I got rid of one with needlenose pliers and an xacto knife. Of course the first time I missed the base and got only part of it with a lot of bleeding. Second time I was more thorough and cut it to the base, and yanked it it all out. Haven't had one since

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    Duct tape. Of course.

    Freeze it off too

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    The spot I froze has gone from no pain to VERY tender and painful in response to pressure in the last 24 hours. No obvious redness or swelling visible from the surface. Damn I hope this new development resolves itself quickly.

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    I Hate those damn things. Been fighting with them most of my life. I've tried everything - freeze, burn, cut, acid, even ultrasound. They go away for a while, and then another pops up every few years. Fuckers.
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    I have had a single plantar wart on the ball of my foot for almost 20 years now. Every few years I get fed up and try EVERYTHING for a few months, it looks like it's gone, and a week later it reappears. I have tried freezing, burning, cutting, acid, scraping, duct tape, cantharidin, etc... I have tried every combo of those remedies all at once, one at a time, sequential use, etc... It mostly doesn't bug me until summer hiking season when it feels like a rock in there.

    They are a total bitch to get rid of. Seriously, act fast before it gets set up, I hear that early ones are easier to get rid of than older more established warts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dantheman View Post
    The spot I froze has gone from no pain to VERY tender and painful in response to pressure in the last 24 hours. No obvious redness or swelling visible from the surface. Damn I hope this new development resolves itself quickly.
    Thats normal. If they just burn wart tissue it wont hurt, but you cant be sure you got it all. It's like resecting a tumor, you keep cutting until you get clear margins so you have taken a little healthy tissue with it (which hurts in your case), but you gotta do it if you want to be sure you froze it all the way through

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    Quote Originally Posted by couloirman View Post
    Thats normal. If they just burn wart tissue it wont hurt, but you cant be sure you got it all. It's like resecting a tumor, you keep cutting until you get clear margins so you have taken a little healthy tissue with it (which hurts in your case), but you gotta do it if you want to be sure you froze it all the way through
    I get that, I was just expecting it to happen in the first 24-48 hours and not 5 days later.

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    It appears I got the little bastard. It took a couple months but eventually all signs of it wore off the sole of my foot. No evidence of it coming back so far.

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    Just one hit with the liquid N and then waiting? That's a win.

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    One hit with the Dr. Scholls home cryo kit.

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    Shit you could open a Plantar Wart Removal Clinic with that kind of targeting success. Charge 1/2 what the dermatologist does!

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    Plantar warts are an excellent first case if you're beginning a career in self-surgery. Master this one before you move on to vasectomy (a surgeon friend of mine did this), orchiectomy, and adrenalectomy (the last two were attempted by a schizophrenic in Florida trying to cure himself. The orchiectomy was successful but he found retracting the liver to get at the right adrenal to be too painful and was forced to present himself to U of F, Gainesville to be closed up. This one was reported in the American Journal of Surgery back in the 70's.) For those not considering such a career chemical methods are preferred.

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    Use a maul.
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    (I believe) I have a plantar wart on the back of my hand that I cannot get rid of. It's been there for a few months now, and I've tried the home remedies...a freeze kit (multiple times and holding it in for way longer than the kits recommend), salicylic acid patches, and even trying to cut it off with a razor or picking it off myself until blood starts running all over. Every time it starts to look a little better it then seems to redden and look gross again. Time to get it checked out? I feel like I should be able to cut this fucker out myself!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Groomer Gambler View Post
    (I believe) I have a plantar wart on the back of my hand that I cannot get rid of. It's been there for a few months now, and I've tried the home remedies...a freeze kit (multiple times and holding it in for way longer than the kits recommend), salicylic acid patches, and even trying to cut it off with a razor or picking it off myself until blood starts running all over. Every time it starts to look a little better it then seems to redden and look gross again. Time to get it checked out? I feel like I should be able to cut this fucker out myself!
    Had one like that on my thumb. The freeze kits are a joke. Buy a can of this off of Amazon. Dig it out until it bleeds and then freeze the shit out of it. Mine hasn't come back. Be careful not to roast a bunch of surrounding tissue. It's easy to do.


    https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B01JJ...JkL&ref=plSrch

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    Just FYI
    “Plantar” is specific to your foot

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    Quote Originally Posted by acinpdx View Post
    Just FYI
    “Plantar” is specific to your foot
    Look out. Dr Portland is here.

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