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Hot Water for Plantar Warts

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Q. You have occasionally written about plantar warts. I have cured several of them (my own, my daughter’s and my sister-in-law’s) by soaking the area in hot salted water several times a day.

A. Your remedy may not be as strange as it sounds. As far back as 1962 there was a report in the Cleveland Clinic Quarterly suggesting that soaking a wart in hot water (110 to 113 degrees F) for 30 to 90 minutes per week could eradicate it. One theory is that the wart viruses can’t survive the heat. It could take up to six weeks to work.

Other approaches include painting the wart with iodine or dripping fresh lemon juice on the wart three or four times daily. Covering the wart with duct tape may also work for some people.

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