Q. After reading a column about turmeric for plantar warts, I began treating a very large wart that covered my entire heel. I am happy to report that it has stopped growing and is slowly healing. Thank you.
A. Other readers report success treating plantar warts with fresh or powdered turmeric. It will stain, however, so be careful to wear old socks. Other approaches include hot water soaks, vinegar, duct tape or instant glue. Less common approaches include banana peel, grated ginger or eggplant.
“I’m in the middle if getting rid of a very stubborn and painful 6 year old plantar wart using a thick turmeric/olive oil mix. I am very pleased that the pain has gone away and that the wart is shrinking (I sand it down with a nail board every day) and on its way out. Just for the relief of pain this is worth it!”
MJC took a different approach:
“I used essential oil of oregano and duct tape and removed my plantar wart. This was after suffering 2 painful liquid nitrogen treatments that didn’t work!”
Lemon juice is less popular but one reader reported success:
“Years ago my daughter had eight plantar warts on the bottoms of her feet. She could hardly walk and I tried everything to no avail.
“A friend of mine suggested squeezing fresh lemon juice on them three or four times a day. We had nothing to lose so we tried it. Those warts turned black and fell off so fast she was completely healed within four weeks. I hope this will help others.”
Banana peel may also work against plantar warts, as this reader found:
“I’ve had a plantar wart on the sole of my foot that is painful indeed. I am an RN, so I had one of the orthopedic docs look at it. Here is his suggestion: Eat a banana and cut a piece of the peel the size of the wart. Place it against the wart, inside of peel to skin. He said the greener bananas work a little better than the ripe.
“I taped the peel on my foot and changed it twice a day. I wore it through the night as well.
“Bananas work slowly. I was skeptical, but in about three weeks that wart disappeared and has never returned.”