Q. I had a plantar wart on my heel. The dermatologist had her nurse scrape off the top of it and then painted it with beetle juice.

The beetle juice destroyed the wart, but a month later now I still have a painful heel. It feels like I’m walking on a thorn. Will it ever stop hurting?

A. Blister beetle juice (cantharidin) has been used to treat warts for decades. This compound is also known as Spanish fly and was mistakenly thought to be an aphrodisiac.

Cantharidin causes a blister that often cures warts, but the initial reaction may be painful. The discomfort should have disappeared by now, however. Please contact your dermatologist so she can evaluate what is going on.

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  1. padeez

    I have been seeing doctors for 2 yrs and 8 mo.s. After seeing a podiatrist for 9 months and shot after shot of some chemical that left me unable to walk without assistance, shedding the skin on the top of my foot in layer’s I finally went to a dermatologist. First I had to have a 3+ inch part of my foot debreeded. It was 3 weeks since I had seen the foot doc, skin and liquid was just coming out more and more until he reached a small portion of my bone. He said before he treated again it needed to heal.
    Another 3 weeks and he gave me a shot. By this time we’re at about 12 months. A shot in my foot every 3-4 weeks and finally 6mo.s later I thought it was gone. It was back in about 2mo.s. I went back and they tried a different and relatively painless treatment called “beetlejuice.” I was told if I thought it was gone to cancel next months appointment. Bad move. Went back 2 days ago go the beetle juice treatment again and am in excruciating pain from it.
    If this doesn’t work I don’t know any other options than home remedies and they are looking quite good right now. ANY SUGGESTIONS PLEAS!!!!!

  2. SG

    This is such a $$ maker for orthopedics. My son had a planters wart and was treated with the beetle juice…Then after that didn’t work the doctor performed surgery and removed a 3×4 inch portion of the bottom of my son’s foot….It came back. By chance I was talking to a beautician acquaintance of mine and she said “DUCK TAPE” the area until the tape falls of by it’s self. Redo until the skin is clear of all warts…and voila like magic with no pain or expense my son’s planters wart have been gone for over 4 years now.

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