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Old-Fashioned Formula Was Successful Against Plantar Wart

Q. I used Domeboro solution to get rid of my plantar wart. I soaked my foot in the solution once a day. Within two weeks’ time, the wart fell off and didn’t return.

A. Domeboro solution is an old-fashioned approach. The aluminum acetate powder is dissolved in water to treat skin irritations such as athlete’s foot and poison ivy. We did not know it would heal plantar warts.

While aluminum acetate is a low-tech approach to a painful problem that can be hard to treat, we are hesitant to recommend exposing delicate skin to aluminum solutions. You will find other approaches to getting rid of plantar warts in our book, The People’s Pharmacy Quick & Handy Home Remedies. They range from banana peel, duct tape and garlic to Listerine, vinegar or turmeric applied topically. Soaking the foot in hot (not scalding) water (110 degrees F) for 30 to 90 minutes a week may be helpful.

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About the Author
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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