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#1 of 22 OFFLINE   Robert_eb


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Posted December 30 2002 - 09:15 AM

Can anyone recommend a good way to remove warts without going to a doctor?

#2 of 22 OFFLINE   Cam S

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Posted December 30 2002 - 09:29 AM

Bite them off?? haha, no don't do that. You can buy wart pads, or wart creme, but I find they don't work all that well. It also depends on what kind of wart it is and where it is. Best bet would be to go to the doctor though.

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Posted December 30 2002 - 10:02 AM

Haven't tried it, but was amused by the story awhile back.


#4 of 22 OFFLINE   John Miles

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Posted December 30 2002 - 12:00 PM

Well, if you have a high tolerance for pain (or you're just REALLY sick of the warts), you could do what I did a few years ago: buy a high-quality metal thermos and have it filled with liquid nitrogen at a local welding-supply shop. Dip a Q-tip in the LN and apply it to the wart for about 10 seconds. This will be the longest 10 seconds of your life. Watch the lye-scarring scene in Fight Club if you want some idea of what you're in for. The end result will be that the wart will blister and disappear as the burn heals. Slight scarring is possible -- I certainly wouldn't do this anywhere sensitive without exhausting all medical alternatives first -- but it won't be anywhere near as bad as a conventional high-temperature burn. The bad news is that the wart may still return a few weeks or months later, requiring one or more repeat treatments. Keep at it; it will eventually give up the battle with the liquid nitrogen and go away for good. (I know this because Tyler knows this, and also because it's exactly what my dermatologist used in a couple of office visits until I decided to save a few bucks by doing the same thing myself). IMPORTANT! IANAD (I Am Not A Doctor), this is NOT to be considered qualified medical advice, and I do NOT recommend that you undertake this self-treatment. Theoretically it can cause permanent nerve injuries and scarring among other consequences. But, having said that... it did get rid of some warts on my hands a number of years ago with no negative long-term consequnces. Once again, this is a dangerous procedure that should be conducted only by a physician. I do not recommend that anyone else take potentially-serious medical issues such as warts into their own hands. Liquid nitrogen -- like any liquified or frozen gas including more common substances like dry ice -- can be unbelievably dangerous if mishandled or stored improperly (e.g., a sealed container will eventually explode violently when the nitrogen's pressure rises with temperature).

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Posted December 30 2002 - 12:44 PM

Damn, John, that's hard-core!!! Try some good physical labor. While I was renovating the exterior of my house this past summer, I had two warts disappear...
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Posted December 30 2002 - 12:55 PM

I got one on my chin, oh, probably nearly a year ago now. I bought the over-the-counter stuff, and it seems like it would work if I used it daily. It takes a long time - several months or so - before the wart is gone. I use it in stretches, and I do notice the thing shrinking when I've been good about it. Downsides: Aforementioned slow process, burns like battery acid, turns white so it is very visible, and smells to high heaven. Keep meaning to go to the dermatologist to have it removed, but have not yet done so. I have considered taking a knife to it myself. It's not the pain that makes me hesitate, but the inevitable gushing of blood. Jon

#7 of 22 OFFLINE   John Miles

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Posted December 30 2002 - 01:10 PM

Don't use a knife. That WILL leave a scar. For anything on your face, you'd be nuts not to see a dermatologist.

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Posted December 30 2002 - 02:50 PM

Go to the drug store and buy something called Duofilm or Duoplant. Follow the instructions and you'll be wart-free withing a week or two. Tried it and it works. This was after liquid nitrogen failed. I used it on a couple plantar warts, so if that's not what you have, I would just ask the pharmacist. But I'm pretty sure the stuff is good for any kind of wart.
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Posted December 30 2002 - 04:08 PM

i used something off the shelf called vergo many years ago.
and it was the best thing i ever saw for warts.
it didnt smell burn or hurt in any way.
it was a cream that you put on.

but i cant seem to find it anymore.
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Posted December 30 2002 - 05:04 PM

[quote] Haven't tried it, but was amused by the story awhile back.
http://www.cbsnews.c...ain525523.shtml [quote] Actually, I've heard the "duct tape" method referenced on a few shows. Apparently, duct tape was just as effective (or even more effective) than the other types of treatments for removing warts. The duct tape method takes about 8 weeks to fully work. After a period of time with the duct tape over your wart, you will be able to pull off the tape and remove the wart at the same time.

Unfortunately, I don't have any warts at the moment, so I can't try this method out. However, a few years back, I did have a stubborn wart that took over a year to remove with the over-the-counter wart removers. If only I had known about the duct tape trick back then ...
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#11 of 22 OFFLINE   David Von Pein

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Posted December 30 2002 - 08:41 PM

The duct tape treatment DOES work. Tried it on my hand; reduced a large wart to nothing in a few weeks. Just like WD-40, the magical gray tape seemingly works wonders. (I wouldn't try WD on your warts, however. But, who knows!)

#12 of 22 OFFLINE   Drue Elrick

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Posted December 30 2002 - 10:57 PM

On the advice of my doctor I bought a product called Soluver Plus (available from pharmacist). It is "Treatment for resistant warts" and worked fantastically for some warts on my feet. It is a 27% salicylic acid concoction made by Dermtek Pharmaceuticals in Montreal, QC, Canada. It is the type you brush on the wart in layers after using a pumice stone or nail board to get dead skin off. Then use a bandaid to cover it. (Note, it will tell you you don't need a bandaid, but I found that, at least on my feet, the stuff would tend to rub off.) Highly recommended.

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Posted December 31 2002 - 06:16 AM

What are warts? What causes them? I have two on my hand, and I tried electrical tape once. It seemed to work really well, but I didn't keep at it long enough and the wart returned. I heard it had something to do with reducing the air supply to the wart, but I'm not sure.

#14 of 22 OFFLINE   Phill O

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Posted December 31 2002 - 06:44 AM

I did the liquid nitrogen thing at the doctors office.
It worked for some of the worts. I also did the DYI with
liquid nitrogen, I got it from the local university. I was
working there doing a remodel of one their labs. One of the researchers there was kind enough to give me some in a foam cup. Needless to say, I was very careful with the stuff.

Now if only they had a cure for the warts down there Posted Image
I am NOT putting liquid nitrogen on THAT! :b

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Posted December 31 2002 - 07:07 AM

[quote] It is a 27% salicylic acid concoction made by Dermtek Pharmaceuticals in Montreal, QC, Canada. [quote] Yes, that is the same active ingredient as the Duofilm stuff I recommended.
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#16 of 22 OFFLINE   Philip Hamm

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Posted December 31 2002 - 11:01 AM

The Liquid Nitrogen treatment is what a dermatoligist will do. I would let them do it instead of doing it myself. I had that done many years ago with success.
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#17 of 22 OFFLINE   Todd Christ

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Posted December 31 2002 - 12:35 PM

the best thing i've ever used was vitamin-E, seriously... it takes about 2 weeks, but get those vitamin E capsules, and just poke a hole in it so the actual product comes out of the capsule, just put a dab on the wart and use a really good bandaid overtop to keep it from drying out. eventually the wart will dissapear or come off with no marks... seriously - this works, and it's cheap!

#18 of 22 OFFLINE   Jeff Braddock

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Posted January 02 2003 - 12:59 AM

Compund W worked well for me.

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Posted January 02 2003 - 01:15 AM

I had one on my foot a few years ago. I kept digging and poking it with a knife, a little each evening. In a month or so, it apparently died, turning into a rock hard lump. It was pretty easy to poke it out using a knife. It left a little hole in my foot, which was kinda cool at the time (I was 15), but that too disappeared in a few weeks. No blood at all. A few months ago I discovered one on my knee, which I ripped out using only my finger nails. Hurt like hell, lot's of blood, won't do it again. Plus, it's returned. --Anders
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#20 of 22 OFFLINE   Moe Maishlish

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Posted January 02 2003 - 07:04 AM

I had one on my thumb a couple of years ago. On a trip to Florida with my then-girlfriend, we went swimming in the ocean. Apparently the salt-water had some kind of effect on it, because it literally peeled off (ewwwww!) later that evening and never came back. Moe.
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