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Old 11-25-2007, 11:40 AM
 
Location: Huntington, NY
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I've had a wart on my knuckle for several years now.
I've had it removed by a doctor three times already.
I'm having a different doctor remove it this time.
It was frozen off the first few times. The last time I had it done the doctor did it so much I thought my hand was gonna fall off. I DID ask him in all fairness to really pound it good that time cause I was sick of it reapearing.

Didn't help...it came back a cpl of months later.
Anyone know how to get rid of these things for good short of cutting my hand off...lol?

I heard someone suggest that the doctor is supposed to do it... then have you back shortly after to do it again
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Old 11-25-2007, 09:37 PM
 
Location: In the real world!
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If you get a answer I would like to hear it. I have one that I have had frozen once, burned off twice and it still came back. Been fighting this one 3 or 4 years now. Like you, I told her the last time to keep going, burn it deeper and wider, make sure to get it all... It's still there and growing...
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Old 11-25-2007, 09:59 PM
 
Location: Huntington, NY
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Well...my appts for Wednesday...I 'm gonna have to give this doc a good talkin' to.
I'll let you know what happens.
I'm going to ask him about what I heard....that you need to come back shortly after it gets done to get it done again to hit the root once the top is all off.
How pleasant...echhhh.
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Old 11-25-2007, 10:01 PM
 
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I had 2 plantars warts on my feet and tried everything. I did the freezing (both at the doctors and with the home kit) and OTC medicine. Then I would cut them down until it bled with a razorblade and repeat. Sorry, that is gross, but true, I was determined, this went on for about over a year. The things seemed to come back bigger within a few days. Then I heard you should try duct tape. Seriously. I put about 1" square patches of duct tape over each one and left it for 3-4 days. Then I would take it off and scrape away the dead skin and put a new piece on. They were gone within a few weeks and several months later, they still haven't come back. I realize that being on your knuckle is tough though, because you don't want to answer questions about the duct tape on your hand all day, but maybe you can cover it with a band-aid.
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Old 11-25-2007, 10:05 PM
 
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By the way, the doctor told me there was no evidence that the duct tape "trick" works. Yet, it was the only thing that worked for me and I have heard from several other people it is the only thing that worked for them.
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Old 11-25-2007, 10:18 PM
 
Location: Dallas TX & AL Gulf Coast
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Too bad my grandfather is no longer around, because he could remove it for you.

Now, I know you're going to find this strange, but I swear it's the truth. People would come from all around to get him to remove their warts. And, he even removed one (big, ugly one) off of my hand when I was a child.

How, you ask? Well, for mine, he held my hand in one of his, and simply rubbed the wart with his other hand for a few minutes! Whether he repeated some sort of mantra, prayer, whatever, to himself, I do not know. What I do know is that they would gradually fade away, never to return!

Has anyone ever seen anything like this before? Because, I still would like to know how he did it myself!

Witchy, witchy!
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Old 11-26-2007, 03:46 AM
 
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I would do the duct tape and not just a bandaid. There may be something in the sticky part of the duct tape that causes them to go away. I had one as a kid, and I used to rub it against a school text book cover, and it went away. I have no idea why.
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Old 11-27-2007, 11:24 PM
 
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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By the way, the doctor told me there was no evidence that the duct tape "trick" works. Yet, it was the only thing that worked for me and I have heard from several other people it is the only thing that worked for them.
Here's a news story...
Duct Tape Therapy, Study Says Duct Tape Effective For Removing Warts - CBS News

And here's the article they reference...
Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med -- The Efficacy of Duct Tape vs Cryotherapy in the Treatment of Verruca Vulgaris (the Common Wart), October 2002, Focht III et al. 156 (10): 971
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Old 11-28-2007, 05:27 AM
 
Location: Huntington, NY
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I actually tried that several years ago nd it "sort of" worked but for me no where near as close as cryotheropy (freezing/burning). Either way...it came back but this is a bad one I have.
I've read that beneath the wart the root of it is usually twice the size of what you see on top.
Who knows.....all I know is I'm going to have it done yet again today with a different doctor this time
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Old 11-28-2007, 07:20 AM
 
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Years ago, my son had one on his foot. The dermatologist put some sort of salve and a WATER PROOF bandage on his foot with instructions to keep it sealed and dry for a while. I think it was a week or more.....don't remember.

Anyway. It worked! Maybe the duct tape works the same way if you keep it on for a while with no fresh air getting to it.
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