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By Kevin Brooks Henry
From Iowa City, IA
Aug 1, 2010
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For the past 4 weeks or so I have had a very painful planters wort on the bottom of my left big toe. For the past two weeks I have been treating it with an acidic cream specifically designed for this purpose that seems to do nothing but create dead skin around it. I leave for CO in 11 days and would like it to be treated then. Short of a trip to the doctors, any Ideas?

Thanks,
Brooks


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By Crisco Jackass
From Grand Junction, CO
Aug 1, 2010

Used to get these suckers deep when I lived in the Pacific NW. Outpatient application of liquid nitrogen by a qualified nurse worked great for me. Hurt for a day or two but was good to go after that.


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By CJ Coccia
From Boulder, CO
Aug 1, 2010
Acid Test at Paynes Ford

not to sound negative but good luck on getting it resolved in 11 days. all are different. i had one several years ago on the pad of my foot and i would get freeze treatments for about a month or so and it didnt do anything so i had to go to a dermatologist and get this really strong acid treatment which lasted for maybe another month. if freezing isnt helping you may have to go to a dermatologist. also, it helps to get those little donut type bandage rings that relieves pressure off of the wart so you let it grow out instead of pushing it in.


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By Brett Brotherton
From Arvada, CO
Aug 1, 2010
Me and my dog hiking in Eldo.

I had a couple before and also got some on my cuticles on my hands as well (both of which I think came from the climbing gym). The topical cream stuff doesn't seem to work that well, and the liquid nitrogen freezing takes multiple visits. I don't know if I should recommend it but tow things I did on my own to get rid of them were:

1. For the planters wort, I VERY CAREFULLY cut out as much of the wort as I could, then I applied the acid stuff to it for a couple of days, and it went away.

2. For the ones on the hands I used a combination of the acid and "at home freezing" (hold a can of one of those aerosol air dusters upside down and it sprays out really cold air) several times a day. I resorted to this after probably two months of going in once a week to get them sprayed with liquid nitrogen and still not getting rid of it all.

Also moleskin is nice to have if your foot is still tender for your trip, so get some of that and it may help cushion and protect it.

As for the above methods do so at your own risk. Good luck my experience has been worts are not easy to get rid of.


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By Bryan Gilmore
From Your Mama
Aug 1, 2010
Beagle

compound W (unless it's on your johnson) and a wrap of Duct-Tape. No shite, the sticky stuff on Duct-Tape must be acidic. Has always worked for me, and was the only trick for one on the bottom of my foot.


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By Stucker
From Centennial, CO
Aug 1, 2010
Old Greg with his downstairs mix-up.

I had limited success with treatments for warts until I tried clear finger nail polish. At the risk of sounding like a complete moron, I think it cuts the oxygen off. Completely cover the wart and a bit of the surrounding tissue. Make sure to reapply as needed.


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By Phil Lauffen
From The Bubble
Aug 1, 2010
RMNP skiing. Photo by Nodin de Saillan

I had those suckers on my feet for the better part of two years a while back, despite constant anti-wart acid, duct tape treatment, leaving it alone, freezing methods. Basically I tried everything except getting a doctor to remove it.

what ended up working was quite radical. I literally filed at them for fifteen minutes, then applied as much heat from a lighter as I could handle. Over the course of a few days they died and then disappeared. Obviously only do this in extreme cases. And I by no means accept responsibility for any permanent damage from this method.


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By Chris Plesko
From Westminster, CO
Aug 1, 2010
OMG, I winz!!!

I cut one out of my hand once with a knife. I had to do it twice before it "took." I don't really recommend that strategy though. :S


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By Keenan Waeschle
From Bozeman, MT
Aug 1, 2010
on top of the RNWF <br />June 2012

cut the effer out, exact-o knives work pretty well.and cut deep under it. it'll hurt and bleed a bit but it will go away...


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By Phil Lauffen
From The Bubble
Aug 1, 2010
RMNP skiing. Photo by Nodin de Saillan

I would like to see a wart doctor's reaction to these replies.


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By Wayne
From Superior, CO
Aug 1, 2010

LOL, I can tell you the doc's reply to some of it.

Had one for a couple years, doc froze it, came back later. Repeat. Came back.

Got the acid stuff,compound W and the pads both. Ate up a bunch of skin around the wart. Clipped the wart down with nail clippers. More compound W and dead skin around the wart. Saw the doc, and he told me I was digging too deep, bad for my foot, too many layers of skin gone, and too far into muscle. Froze the wart again and told me to skip the other stuff and see him if it came back. But the frozen stuff fell out and it healed up fine with no wart.

The freezing all times was the fastest, even though it came back, so if your in a hurry, see the doc or doc's assistant today.


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By Eddie Brown
From Tempe, Arizona
Aug 1, 2010

Wart Removal Recipe:

1 bottle of your favorite booze (must be over 80 proof)
1 exacto knife (or other razor sharp edge)
1 set of tweezers


Sterilize exacto knife and tweezers. Consume alcohol. Have at it! Good luck on having it healed in 11 days though! Mine took a week or two before I was happy walking on it again. Never had another though.


BTW: My doctor did not approve of this procedure...


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By Brian in SLC
Aug 1, 2010
Climbing in Smuggler's Notch

Hilarious...

I used a pair of pliers and a thick curtain pin...loosened up the root with the pin (dug all around the side into the underside), then, yanked the whole shootin' match out.

Bled alot. Never came back.

The above is only for historical reference and not to be takin' seriously. Ha ha.

Good luck.


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By Allen Hill
From FIve Points, Colorado and Pine
Aug 1, 2010
Slick Rock put in

Long before I was a wealthy communist community organizer, I was a poor grad student in NYC with a planters wart. Living on the upper west side, as did the Weather Underground at the time, there was no reason to own a car. Walking was everything and this wart was cramping my style. But alias I had not spent the extra money so as to be able to use the Columbia University clinic, what to do? I bought a bottle of Compound W and a razor blade at Zabars Market. For one month I dried that wart up with the acid, applying twice daily. I must have gone through three bottles. Finally it detached and was held to the bottom of my foot by it's single root. I bought a bottle of fine French Chablis, pulled it back in a single lefty slug and cut that root with the razor. It worked and never came back.

If I were you I'd go to the doctor. But boy that was fun to write.


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By PTR
From GA
Aug 2, 2010

At home freeze method worked for me. Probably your best bet given your time frame. Buddy of mine had a couple dozen lasered off recently. Took a long time for everything to heal up.


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