Most warts don’t hurt. However, a person with plantar warts, those that develop on the soles of the feet, may find walking painful. A dermatologist could perform surgery or cryotherapy (freezing), but recovery time from such procedures is a big disadvantage. Is there a simpler way to make plantar warts disappear?
What Can You Do to Make Plantar Warts Disappear?
Q. For about a year now, I’ve been getting plantar warts. It started with just one but now there are more.
The dermatologist has been freezing them off, but they’ve come back. I’d like to get rid of them quicker.
Apple cider vinegar worked for a few but not all. Is there any method that might work better?
Remedies to Make Plantar Warts Disappear:
A. An online resource for doctors suggests using the least expensive and least painful treatment first (Al Aboud & Nigam, StatPearls, March 29, 2017). We interpret that as home remedies for starters.
Since you have already tried soaking the soles of your feet in dilute vinegar (equal parts vinegar and water), you might try other home remedies. Most of these use kitchen products such as bacon fat, banana peel, minced garlic or turmeric powder. They are applied overnight under a bandage.
Duct Tape for Plantar Warts:
Duct tape has stirred a lot of controversy among dermatologists. One small randomized controlled trial showed that it worked significantly better for children than freezing the warts (Focht et al, Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, Oct. 2002). That study used the usual silver duct tape.
Another study using clear duct tape in adults found it was no better than placebo (Wenner et al, Archives of Dermatology, March 2007). We could conclude that duct tape doesn’t work against warts, or that it doesn’t work for adults or that clear duct tape doesn’t resemble silver duct tape. Without further research, we won’t know which hypothesis is most plausible.
Soaks to Make Plantar Warts Disappear:
Some readers have had success soaking the area in old-fashioned Listerine. Hot water may also help. Back in 1962, a physician wrote in the Cleveland Clinic Quarterly that soaking the foot in hot water (110 degrees F) for 30 to 90 minutes a week could eliminate a plantar wart. It may take six weeks to see the results.
There are, unfortunately, no comparative studies to determine which of these might be most effective for you. As you have discovered, warts often come back, regardless of the treatment you use.