Monday, August 4, 2014

Stubborn Plantar Wart No More - Success!

Hey all! I just wanted to drop in and give a quick update and show how the stubborn plantar wart, AKA verrcuca, and sometimes referred to as planter's wart, never came back. In fact, the spot where it once was is completely free of any mark or scar!

Last time I updated after photos the wart was gone, but you could still tell I had one there at one point as there was a mark on my skin from the healing process. That mark has completely vanished now and there's no sign of a scar. I'm very glad I didn't resort to freezing/lasering the wart which could be expensive AND leave a scar.

Just a reminder of what really worked for me (it's a very inexpensive and effective regimen!):

1. Duct tape 24/7 for a couple weeks (I actually used Gorilla Tape which can be found HERE)

2. Epsom salt soaks daily (You can get epsom salts HERE)

3. Salicylic acid pads starting week 2-3 & used 24/7 along with the duct tape covering the pads (Very cheap. The ones I used can be found HERE)

Here are the progress photos:

One before photo from December 4, 2013 (**I had already been using the duct tape method, so I had made a little progress, but was nowhere close to getting rid of the wart. However, it looked MUCH worse berfore)

And three After photos from today, August 4, 2014 (Although I had been trying different treatments it only took a few weeks of the duct tape 24/7, epsom salt soaks and salicylic acid pads to do their work on an other wise incredibly stubborn plantar wart)

Another improvement I've noticed is that the area just feels stronger and more normal. A few months ago I was still aware of the spot although the wart was gone. Every now and then I would worry a little bit about the wart coming back. It seems now that my fears can be put to rest because the wart is long gone and I almost never think about it and never have that uncomfortable awareness of the area.

So there it is! COMPLETELY gone! I feel so incredibly relived now that I'm able to go to the beach and the pool this summer and not worry about grossing people out with a big old plantar's wart on the bottom of my foot. If you're struggling with warts of your own I suggest you try the method I used as outlined in the older posts and rest assured that YOU CAN DEFEAT THE WARTS!

**Please post below if you have any questions or comments! I'd love to be able help in any way I can!

Happy wart slaying!


Monday, May 5, 2014


So I really hit my plantar wart hard after writing that initial post and guess what? It's GONE! 

I didn't stick to the regimen I laid out in the first post, but I did rely on some if it. I used some epsom salt soaks the first few weeks, followed up by picking at the wart with tweezers (I made sure to sterilize them both before and after). I also used some oil of oregano, 10% hydrogen peroxide, Apple Cider Vinegar and eventually salicylic acid. 

Here's what I believe was the meat and potatoes of my regimen.

1. Keeping the wart covered with duct tape 24 hours a day for a few weeks, only taking the tape off to pick it out and apply one of the anti-wart agents listed above.

2. Good old salicylic acid... Believe it or not Dr. Scholl's Extra Thick Corn Removers came through big time for me. I didn't have much success the first time I tried something like this, but these guys worked awesome. It could have been because I was softening it up and getting deeper so that the acid could penetrate better, but I really think it was because of the design of the pad as well. See the cover pad actually displaces pressure to be around the wart (or corn I suppose) when you step down so it gets slightly pushed out of your foot and against the acid pad instead of back into your foot as is the case when nothing is uses, or even when tape is used. I started using these after I had used the tape for a while and was digging deep into the wart. After the acid does its damage to the wart (and surrounding skin to some degree) it will look ugly and start peeling. At this point keep at it with the regimen and persevere!

These are the pads I used... Dr. Scholl's Corn Removers, Extra Thick Pad  <---

3. Patience! It took months after hitting this thing hard to really disappear, but the good news is it continued to disappear more and more even though I wasn't keeping it covered with duct tape any longer or soaking.

And that's how to get rid of a plantar wart!

Here are the After Photos! (Go to my original post to see afters):

These 2 are from April 8, 2014


These 2 are from today, May 5 (Cinco De Mayo!)... sorry for the blurriness of the 2nd one.

So what's left now is just a little mark of where the wart had been, but there's no wart to be seen and no pain or discomfort. I don't feel anything there anymore. I hope to see that mark gone as well after some exfoliation from walking on the beach this summer.

I'll keep you updated. Let me know in the comments if you have any questions!