If you’ve ever had a wart, you know how hard it can be to get rid of it.
And it’s worse if you’ve got more than one wart. Once they start spreading they can really be tough to get rid of.
About 1 month ago I was helping my youngest get changed for bed. I don’t remember now what happened or why I noticed it, but I saw two small “somethings” on the sole of his foot, near the heel.
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I wouldn’t have thought much of them, except for the fact that I remembered having a plantar’s wart when I was a young girl.
It was painful and it took a long time to get rid of it.
I think we went to the store and got an over-the-counter wart remover and I applied it over and over again.
And they’re gross.
Back to my son.
I took a closer look at his foot and scraped a little of the surface off of the skin.
It felt hard underneath, and I could see the tell-tale little brownish-black dots in the center of a pattern.
The dots are called wart seeds sometimes, but they really are little blood clots.
Anyway, he clearly had two of them.
Then, my son showed me a “callous” on his toe.
It was a big one. But was it really a callous?
I went to the internet and found a site with a great diagnostic information.
To tell the difference between a callous and a wart, you press on it:
- If it hurts pushing straight down on it–it’s a callous.
- If it hurts putting pressure on the sides (by squeezing it)–it’s a wart.
Sure enough. No pain pressing down, but when I squeezed it, my son wasn’t happy.
Now it was time to try to get rid of them.
Natural Treatments for Warts
We’d tried using oregano oil before on a wart on my husband’s finger.
It really worked great, but we weren’t consistent enough to get rid of it, so it’s still there.
One day we were on a road trip. I put the oregano oil on it and within 3 hours it went from being a raised wart to being level with the rest of his skin.
So I tried the oregano oil on my son’s foot for several days.
Again, I wasn’t consistent enough and no surprise–nothing happened.
I really wanted to be consistent with the oregano, but life was getting in the way.
So I hopped back on the internet and even asked my fans on my Facebook page for their ideas. (hop on over there if you haven’t already, K?)
Well, let me tell you, there were loads of ideas….
- OTC topical treatments (not going there again)
- super glue (doesn’t sounds very natural to me)
- apple cider vinegar (I did this once for a wart on my hand. It ended up burning the surrounding skin and was super painful)
- banana peel (the inside of it)
- concoctions of all sorts
- cutting them off (not an option. No way)
- removal by a physician (I’d read over and over that the wart often comes back. This is the case for one of my son’s friends.)
and one that really caught my eye.
Yeppers. You all remember my post, Unbelievable Ear Infection Natural Treatment, right?
Well, at the time I tried that in my son’s ear (of course, after reading all over the internet that urine therapy has been used by many cultures for many years and there was even an international convention on it–so don’t think I’m just so crazy that I’ll try anything that I read on the internet–’cause I’m not), I was already trying this on my son’s warts.
But I wasn’t sure if it was going to take care of the more stubborn ones so I didn’t want to share it yet.
Well, now you can see what happened and judge for yourself:
How to Treat a Plantar Wart
- Have child urinate in a cup (we had a cup specially designated for this task to avoid unpleasant “glass confusion” :-).
- Cut small pieces of cotton that will cover the affected area.
- Soak cotton in urine and squeeze to remove excess.
- Place cotton piece on wart.
- Cut duct tape in appropriate shape and cover the wart and cotton completely.
- Repeat one time daily.
We did this for a few weeks. It would have gone faster if I’d remembered to change the cotton daily, but I forgot occasionally.
But every day we noticed an obvious change in the big wart.
And now, this is what his toe looks like:
All gone except for some peeling skin.
And the other warts are gone as well.
Even while we were treating the first 3, one more showed up on the other foot (lovely) and that one is gone as well.
Now, I am thinking the oregano oil would have worked if I had been more diligent, but I would forget sometimes and frankly, urine is a lot cheaper. But if you’re squeemish about the urine thing, then hop over to Native American Nutritionals and get some oregano oil. It’s great stuff and is anti-bacterial and anti-fungal. I’ve even heard of folks treating MRSA successfully with it. Now that’s something to have on hand, you know?
But I tried the urine also because the testimonials were so emphatic.
One was even pretty hilarious.
A man said his whole family had been plagued by plantar warts–except for him.
He thought it was because he had the habit of urinating in the shower, so he thought his feet were getting a natural anti-wart treatment every day.
I don’t know, but interesting, huh?
I’m not sure why my son got all of these, but they did start when he was wearing footie PJs and during winter when he was wearing winter boots around a lot, and his feet would get all sweaty.
I never liked those footie sleepers because they made my feet sweaty and sweaty feet are like a breeding ground for warts.
No more footie sleepers for him.
And no more warts for him either.
What remedies have you tried for warts?