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Hot Water Cures Stubborn Warts

Q. I saw a question about warts on the toes of a 7 year old. My daughter had the same problem 20 years ago when she was that age.

We tried everything and none of it worked. The doctor was going to remove them surgically, but told me to try one last thing. He said it sounded crazy, but it was worth a try before surgery.

He had me buy a Jacuzzi thermometer that registered up to 112 degrees. He wanted me to soak my daughter’s feet and hands in hot water every night, gradually warming the water to between 108 and 110 degrees.

I used the water therapy and after several weeks the warts started going away. I couldn’t believe that it worked! According to my doctor, a respected colleague told him of this therapy. My daughter had a wonderful outcome.

A. The hot water treatment for warts was first published in a 1962 Cleveland Clinic Quarterly. More recently, Samuel Moschella, MD, recommended that his patients soak their plantar warts in hot water (110 to 113 degrees F) for 30 to 90 minutes a week. Your experience suggests he was right.

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Terry Graedon, PhD, is a medical anthropologist and co-host of The People’s Pharmacy radio show, co-author of The People’s Pharmacy syndicated newspaper columns and numerous books, and co-founder of The People’s Pharmacy website. Terry taught in the Duke University School of Nursing and was an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. She is a Fellow of the Society of Applied Anthropology. Terry is one of the country's leading authorities on the science behind folk remedies. .
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I take Magnesium Glycinate before bedtime and also take my Levothyroxine at the same time. Are there likely to be any interactions or lessening in effect of the Thyroid med?

are plantar warts different than plantar fascitis? (sp) I understand cold is recommended for the fascitis. thanks/
PEOPLE’S PHARMACY RESPONSE: PLANTAR WARTS ARE WARTS ON THE SOLE OF THE FOOT. HARDER TO TREAT BECAUSE YOU WALK ON YOUR FEET–MAKES SURGERY INCONVENIENT.
PLANTAR FASCIITIS IS INFLAMMATION OF THE TENDONS ALONG THE BOTTOM OF THE FOOT. USUALLY STRETCHING AND ORTHOTIC INSERTS FOR SHOES ARE THE FIRST LINE TREATMENT, ALONG WITH AN ANTI-INFLAMMATORY LIKE IBUPROFEN OR NAPROXEN.

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