There's nothing like an uncomfortable and unsightly plantar wart to make you want to keep your feet covered up, even on a hot summer day in Atlanta. The good news is there are a lot of easy home remedies for plantar wart removal that can help set your toes free again. Before you begin any at-home treatment for warts, it's a good idea to consult with your doctor to make sure the remedy is safe and right for you.
One of the most common over-the-counter treatments for plantar warts is salycilic acid. Salycilic acid works by softening the hard layers of skin that form a wart so that you can use a file or pumice to scrub the skin away until the wart is gone. This is generally considered the most effective and pain-free at-home remedy for plantar wart removal. However, it can take several months to completely remove the wart and it doesn't always work, especially for larger plantar warts that have grown deep under the skin. If you have tried this method at home for several months with no change, you may want to consider seeing a doctor for a more powerful removal method.
There are many over-the-counter cryotherapy kits available to use at home. Cryotherapy works by spraying the wart with a liquid that freezes the wart, which can then be scrubbed off, removing the wart in a matter of weeks. This treatment is more expensive and painful than salycilic acid, but it can work much more quickly. This method can also be performed by your doctor using liquid nitrogen for really large or stubborn warts.
Two popular all-natural home remedies for plantar wart removal are duct tape and apple cider vinegar. For the duct tape method, you can cover the wart with a small strip of duct tape for several days, soak the wart, then slough the dead skin away and repeat the process until the wart is entirely removed.
The vinegar method works similarly, but instead of covering the wart, soak your foot in apple cider for twenty minutes at a time and then slough off the softened, dead skin, repeating the process daily until the wart is removed. Both of these methods can take a long time and are not clinically proven to be effective, though they are both relatively cheap.
Many mild cases of plantar warts may go away on their own without any treatment. While you are waiting for the wart to go away, you can ease any pain you may have using a doughnut-shaped patch to pad the area. It is also a good idea to wear comfortable shoes and socks, and reduce any moisture caused by sweat. Over-the-counter pain medication can also help alleviate any excessive pain, especially if you are on your feet for long stretches.