There are many treatments for warts. Some of these, such as freezing the wart of with liquid nitrogen or surgically removing the wart require a visit to a doctor’s office. But there are effective plantar wart treatments you can try on your own.
It’s best to use an over-the-counter plantar wart remedy to combat symptoms, to keep them from spreading, and to ultimately get rid of them for good. These over the counter wart treatments work about 50% of the time. Many of these plantar wart remedies come in liquid or gel form or even in a pad or ointment. Most contain salicylic acid which works to soften and dissolve the wart.
Wartrol is one of the most popular and most effective home treatments for getting rid of plantar warts. It is a topical brush-on treatment and a highly sought after plantar wart remedy. (see my full review for Wartrol here)
Another popular one is Compound W. I’m sure you’ve seen this one on many pharmacy shelves. It’s like of wart removing products are very commonly used.
If you are looking for a natural remedy, read my review on the top homeopathic wart remover for H-Warts. The combination of natural essential oils in this wart remover are proven to deliver maximum results for all warts, not just plantar warts. The wart is drawn out of the body from the root and doesn’t leave any scarring on the surface of the skin.
There are a few things you can do to make the treatment more effective. First of all, soak your foot in warm water for about five minutes to soften the wart and help the medication penetrate into the skin. Then gently rub off dead skin cells with a washcloth. But be careful not to use the same washcloth more than once, or you risk reinfecting yourself. After you apply the medication, cover the wart with a piece of duct tape. This will increase penetration of the salicylic acid into the skin. Repeat daily. You may need to do this for several weeks.
Of course there are some interesting folk remedies, such as this one from Tom Sawyer, the literary creation of the great American writer Mark Twain. Tom called for dipping your foot into the water that had collected in a dead tree stump. But you had to do the dipping at the stroke of midnight, then recite a spell and take exactly eleven steps with your eyes closed. Then you had to go directly home without speaking to a soul or the charm was busted. Hopefully, with the plantar wart remedies available today, you won’t have to resort to stump water and a trip to the woods at midnight!