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How to Get Rid of Plantar Warts

Warts are not a life or death situation, but they can make life very uncomfortable. As in the case of plantar warts which grow on the bottoms of your feet making it painful to walk. Instead of making mounds like other warts, plantar warts grow down into the skin and often painfully attack blood vessels that are deep in the skin. Plantar warts are caused by HPV#1, the human pappilloma virus, and are contagious. Most warts go away by themselves after a length of time but there are several ways to shorten that time and make it less painful.

Conventional Treatment

See your doctor for a treatment with salicylic acid which will cause the skin of the plantar wart to slowly peel away. Another way is by cryosurgery (freezing with liquid nitrogen). If you don’t like the freeze or burn method, then try having it surgically removed.

Natural Treatment

The best way to get rid of plantar warts is by enhancing your immune system. You can do this by avoiding simple sugars in things like donuts, soft drinks or ice cream and such. You get the idea. These sugars can reduce the effectiveness of your immune system and make it hard to fight the virus. Take an antiviral herb like olive leaf extract, 500 mg 2 xs daily. Apply garlic oil or lemon oil to the plantar wart 2xs daily for 4 weeks.

Also take selenium and echinacea. 200 mg of selenium a day helps to keep viruses from replicating and echinacea enhances the immune function.


Hypnosis is a very effective and painless method to get rid of plantar warts. In one six week controlled trial of hypnosis sessions it was shown that hypnosis was superior in wart reduction to either medication, placebo or no treatment.

Folklore from Grandma

Banana peel taped to the plantar wart for 2 to 4 weeks has been shown to work as has duct tape by it’s self. Leave it on for seven days, remove for one day and repeat until the plantar wart is gone.

So here are your choices. You can try the conventional treatment of cut, burn or freeze or the natural way with herbs. The worse they taste the better they work. Hypnotherapy is where you can just sleep through the whole thing. Be adventurous and give folklore a chance if you believe in Grandma’s wisdom of banana peels or duct tape.

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