Q. Our son suffered from plantar warts for more than eight years. After a long succession of procedures and medications, we were told to sprinkle cayenne pepper in his socks and have him sleep in them. We washed them each morning. After a week the giant masses on his soles disappeared for good and have not returned.
A. Thank you for an intriguing approach to treating plantar warts.
We have heard from a number of other visitors who have had success with different non-surgical approaches. One reader is quite enthusiastic about vitamin A:
“I had a grandfather who had layers of hundreds of plantar warts on his hands and feet. I grew up on an isolated farm in central Wisconsin in the 1950s. The local doctor couldn’t do anything for him. He even took my grandfather to a medical convention in Chicago and the physicians there had never seen such an extreme condition of plantar warts and had NO suggestions for his care. My mother would drive my grandfather to the local doctor who would soak and scrape my grandfather’s feet to help relieve the pain. My mother said that my grandfather suffered for years when walking on the warts.
“The first plantar wart showed up on the base of my foot when I was age 14. A doctor burned it out. The warts multiplied from then on to cover the bottoms of both of my feet. I had them burned and cut out and replaced with pig’s skin. Doctors tried every method. By age 23, a doctor identified hundreds of plantar warts on the bottoms of both feet. Then I went on a medically supervised liquid diet called Medifast – nothing but liquid food for three months. I stuck to it religiously.
“About 1.5 months into the diet, I was sitting on the couch (it was a hot night) rubbing my foot and I looked down. I was shocked. ALL OF THE PLANTAR WARTS ON THAT FOOT WERE GONE! I grabbed my other foot and looked at the bottom, and all of those warts were also gone! I even ran to get a magnifying glass to make sure that I was seeing correctly and all of my plantar warts were gone.
“The next day I scheduled an appointment with the doctor who had last seen my feet (about two months previously) with the hundreds of warts. I took along my powdered food because that was the only thing that had changed in my life. I had the same job and schedule. Nothing else had changed. The doctor read the powdered food ingredients and saw that it had 25,000 IU of Vitamin A in the form of beta carotene in it. That doctor had read some research about how high (non-toxic) levels of Vitamin A consistently taken could eliminate plantar warts in some people. However, there had never been serious medical research. I finished the liquid diet and lost 55 pounds.
“I immediately found a sustained release multivitamin with that same level of vitamin A in that form and have taken it every day since … for the last 30 years!!! I have not had a single plantar wart return since then. That doctor followed my outcome with taking vitamin A and wrote a little-known paper about it. But I am convinced that level of vitamin A in that form taken daily is saving me from having layers of planters warts on my hands and feet like my poor grandfather.”
Anyone who is interested in other wart remedies will find more in our book, The People’s Pharmacy Quick & Handy Home Remedies.
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