I have a plantar wart on my foot. It came as a shock to discover that I’m a 15 year old boy on a swim team. Here’s the drugstore cure I used to get rid of it.
I figured it was because of my unparalleled commitment to running; being able to run through the pain of what was obviously some sort of running injury. The kind of injury an elegant, elite marathoner would get. Or those people who run until they poop in their pants.
The pain between my toes persisted for a few weeks of running, so I finally decided to take a look. I didn’t want to have some serious athletic injury like “Runner’s Bubble Knuckle” and NOT be bragging about it.
I did have an athletic injury. I had a plantar wart. Normally only seen on children and people who walk barefoot around wet locker rooms while while trying to hide their tube of Proactiv.
I’m a disgusting human being with warts.
It’s not a new feeling. I remember being very young, maybe 7 or 8 and having a plantar wart. It was on the bottom of my foot and had to be cut out by my doctor. This was back in the day when doctors actually doctored. Mine even knew how to clean out ear wax and give stitches. Now doctors give out prescriptions and secretly Google for answers while you’re changing back into your clothes.
I wasn’t looking forward to having a doctor dig a hole out of my foot so I tried to dig a hole out of my foot myself. Not with a knife, but with Salicylic acid, the active ingredient that gets rid of warts by killing the skin. It’s a little more scientific than that but that’s the gist of it.
How to Get Rid of a Plantar Wart at Home
- Buy a wart removal kit. They’re all basically the same. My pharmacist recommended the cheapest one on the shelf because it came with a tiny Salicylic pad and bandaids which would work well for the bizarre “between my toes” plantar wart.
- Remove the wart pads from the kit and peel one off. Put it directly over your (gross) wart and stick it down.
- Cover your Salicylic pad with the provided bandaid. It’ll either be a regular oblong bandaid or a round, soft pad bandaid.
- Replace the pad and bandaid every 2 days until your skin has died and comes off naturally. You may need to pull the skin a bit, pulling the root of the plantar wart with it! Gross. Yet weirdly satisfying.
You can identify a plantar wart by the tiny circle like a pinhead with a minuscule black dot in the centre. It isn’t the wart that causes pain, it’s the callous that builds up around it.
The Salicylic acid pad placed over the … let’s call it a beauty mark from now on … I just feel better about it that way.
There’s also a LOT of talk on the Internet about people wrapping their feet in duct tape to get rid of plantar warts. I decided I wasn’t so poor that I had to Red Green my way out of a wart. I could spend the $10 on medicine.
You just stick the bandaid down and then pull away the wrapping.
You can’t see it at all. NO one will know you’re treating ….. a beauty mark.
Just don’t show them what your foot looks like after the pad has been on a few days. Your skin turns white and eventually just pulls away with your body, the root of the plantar wart attached. You’re welcome for not including that photo.
What you’re left with is a small hole where the dead skin has pulled out, and some pinkish skin underneath. It all fills in by itself in that magical way skin works. Because it regenerates itself when we cut ourselves wide open, we forgive skin for also drying, sagging, wrinkling and flapping.
All went well and my plantar wart was gone, until a few weeks later it seemed to come back. I couldn’t really see it but it felt the same as it did when I thought I had that elite runner’s injury. So I put another pad on it and started the treatment over again just in case.
THIS time I got no root, and just ended up with a raw toe which probably had thin, sensitive skin after being killed off just a few weeks earlier. I may have jumped the gun on retreating.
Do I recommend these wart treatments? I give a cautious YES! The first run was a success and I was amazed it worked as well as it did. BUT – I’m not positive that it removed it entirely. I’m fairly certain it did, but I won’t really know I suppose for a couple of months.
If it’s still there, then I’ll have to go to my Doctor so she can Google my next … beauty treatment.
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