By: Terry Graedon June 26, 2017 27 Comments
    How Can You Make Plantar Warts Disappear?

    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…

    By: Joe Graedon April 10, 2017 7 Comments
    Did Eating Olives Really Make Warts Disappear?

    We have been collecting wart remedies for over 40 years. Some of our favorites include banana peel, bacon fat, duct tape, garlic, Listerine, potato, turmeric and vinegar. We have never heard of olives…

    By: Terry Graedon December 19, 2016 17 Comments
    How to Get Rid of a Wart with Tagamet

    Warts can affect almost anyone. For reasons that are not clear children seem especially susceptible. But adults can also develop warts. Sometimes a single wart on the sole of the foot multiplies and …

    By: Terry Graedon November 21, 2016 9 Comments
    What Is the Best Remedy for Warts?

    Warts are one of the most common skin problems children develop. They are rather mysterious. We know that human papilloma viruses cause warts, and the warts can be treated with any one of a large num…

    By: Terry Graedon May 23, 2016 6 Comments
    How to Use a Banana to Cure a Wart

    How do you cure a wart? Doctors can burn, freeze or cut them off, although they often come back. There is a dizzying variety of home remedies used against warts, and most of them have several supporte…

    By: Joe Graedon August 31, 2015 10 Comments
    Using Vicks VapoRub Against Fingernail Warts

      Warts are at the same time a very simple complaint and also somewhat mysterious. They are a tissue reaction to a virus, human papillomavirus (HPV). That has been known since before antiviral me…

    By: Joe Graedon April 6, 2015 13 Comments
    Does Castor Oil Get Rid of Warts and Scars?

    The Castor bean (Ricinus communis) has been used for thousands of years for an amazing number of maladies. The seeds are also a source of ricin, one of the most toxic chemicals known to man. Fortunate…

    By: Joe Graedon December 11, 2014 7 Comments
    Heartburn Drug (Tagamet) a Last Resort Against S…

    Q. Please tell me more about treating warts with Tagamet. Do you make a paste of the Tagamet and put it on the wart, or do you swallow the pills? A. You are not the only person who wants to know about…

    By: Terry Graedon January 27, 2014 14 Comments
    Dead Sea Salts Vanquished Resistant Warts

    When a wart refuses to go away, frustration grows with each passing day. There are many ways to treat warts, from liquid nitrogen to freeze them off (don't try this at home) to simple home remedies li…

    By: Terry Graedon August 5, 2013 11 Comments
    Dead Sea Salts Banished Wart

    How do you get rid of warts? There are dozens if not scores of home remedies. Which ones might work for a huge wart? What to Do about a Huge Wart? Q. I had a huge wart on my index finger and other sma…

    By: Joe Graedon April 22, 2013 7 Comments
    Where Do Warts Come From?

    Let's be very clear about this interesting question. No one really knows for sure how people "catch" warts, but it's NOT from frogs! What doctors do know is that they are caused by a virus called HPV …

    By: Joe Graedon September 24, 2012 28 Comments
    Turmeric Overcame Stubborn Wart

    How do you get rid of warts? Sometimes they go away by themselves in due time, just as doctors say they will. But some warts are exceptionally persistent. Plantar warts that appear on the soles of the…

    By: Terry Graedon January 15, 2012 6 Comments
    Unusual Approaches to Fighting Warts

    Warts are, in many ways, a medical mystery. Scientists know that they are caused by viruses, and the viruses responsible have even been identified and catalogued. Doctors have many therapies for warts…

    By: Terry Graedon February 20, 2011 22 Comments
    Wart Remedies Defy Logic

    Warts are one of the great mysteries of medicine. They appear almost magically for no apparent reason. They often disappear just as mysteriously. When these ugly growths appear on fingers or hands der…

    By: Terry Graedon December 20, 2010 3 Comments
    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 rem…

    By: Terry Graedon January 19, 2010 14 Comments
    Aloe Vera Gel Heals Witch Wart

    Q. I have been stressing out over a wart on my face. I have tried every treatment mentioned in your column for over two years, including banana peel, vinegar, Listerine and duct tape. Nothing worked, …

    By: Terry Graedon September 14, 2009 3 Comments
    Will Flu Medicine Fight Warts?

    Q. I wanted to share a method that I have used several times for killing warts, and am curious if you have any insight that differs from mine. My doctor gives me a recurring prescription for the antiv…

    By: Joe Graedon June 15, 2009 8 Comments
    Heartburn Drug Conquered Warts

    Q. My daughter had so many warts on her hands that there was nothing the doctor could do. He said freezing or burning them off was out of the question. He suggested Tagamet. That sounded weird, but …

    By: Joe Graedon February 1, 2009 3 Comments
    Lemon Juice Liquidates Warts

    Q. My daughter had several warts on her hands and was able to kill them quickly with lemon juice.   She dabbed the warts with a sliver of lemon three or four times a day and all of the warts fell of…

    By: Joe Graedon December 3, 2007 3 Comments
    Heartburn Drug Conquers Stubborn Wart

    Q. I had a wart surgically removed, but it came back. I then spent a nine-month period seeing a dermatologist and trying many different treatments he recommended. I had finally given up and told him I…

    By: Terry Graedon August 2, 2007 46 Comments
    Potato Against Wart

    Q. I had a wart on my finger for 15 years. A few doctors said they could cut if off, but I don't like the idea of surgery. My mother told me of an old gypsy remedy, but I would never try it. It was to…

    By: Joe Graedon November 16, 2005 144 Comments
    Duct Tape for Getting Rid of Warts

    Research on duct tape was published in the *Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine* (Oct. 2002). Parents were told to cover the wart with a piece of duct tape for six days. If it fell off, they…

    By: Joe Graedon November 4, 2002 0 Comments
    Duct Tape Remedy Beats Freezing Warts

    Who says home remedies don't work? When it comes to warts, even dermatologists sometimes use unorthodox approaches. For years such doctors have whispered the tricks of their trade. Some have claimed t…