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Thumb finger wart

  1. Apr 19, 2006 #1

    wolram

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    I have had one on the side of my second from thumb finger for years, when
    it was all warty like i nearly managed to dig it out, but the pain was to much
    and i chickened out :mad: , the doctor told me not to worry about it as to
    remove it surgically would result in it returning, now it is under the skin and
    it drives me mad as i can feel it all the time, i am not one for old wives remedies, but i will try any (cure) that has proved sucsesful for you.
    i want to keep my finger by the way, it is sort of useful :smile:
     
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  3. Apr 19, 2006 #2

    Pengwuino

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    Lasers... lots and lots of lasers
     
  4. Apr 19, 2006 #3

    Mk

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    What about that stuff that you get at the drugstore and you freeze your wart off? Saw a commercial.
     
  5. Apr 19, 2006 #4

    wolram

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    MK, it just so does not work, i have tried all the drug store type remedies,
    i may just have flushed my $ down the loo :cry: :cry:
     
  6. Apr 19, 2006 #5
    Old wifes tale.

    On a full moon night....cut a potato in half. Hold it against the wart for 20 minutes then throw it as far away from your home as you can. Don't wash your hands till morning.
     
  7. Apr 19, 2006 #6

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    My grandfather used to mention the sap of a particular tree, I don't remember which, but we discovered any white tree sap would work, applied and forgotten for a day or two, remembering, of course to keep it away from your eyes - I think some white tree sap, like that of the Oleanders, can blind you.
     
  8. Apr 19, 2006 #7
    I used my bare hands to get my verruca out.

    Painful, but result is good.
     
  9. Apr 19, 2006 #8

    DaveC426913

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    Hide in a pond and wait for a toad to come along and pick you up.
     
  10. Apr 19, 2006 #9

    DaveC426913

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    My sister got rid of a wart on her finger with a red hot needle.
     
  11. Apr 19, 2006 #10
    i heard on the radio one day a looong time ago that wrapping the area in black electrician's tape does the trick. the last time i had a wart i got the acid stuff from the drugstore AND also wrapped my finger tight with electrician's tape so the area around the wart was airtight. when i took the old tape off to replace it & put on more acid drugstore stuff i also cut away all the old dead skin. also got to make sure you only get that acid on the wart or else it BURNS :tongue2: & never ever remove the tape except for a couple minutes a day to replace it. not sure why that works but it must be the lack or air or lack of light that does it.
     
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  13. Apr 19, 2006 #12

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    Surgery?

    I just went to the doctor. He froze it, then he literally took scissors to cut it out, and burned everything underneath.

    It never came back.
     
  14. Apr 19, 2006 #13

    brewnog

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    I had quite a few warts, and have tried all the proper cures and old wives tales:


    Cryosurgery - worked temporarily but it was back within a month
    Self surgery - dug the bugger out with a scalpel, it was back within a week
    Bazooka - crap
    That stuff you get from a pharmacy which freezes it off - crap
    Black duct tape - worked for a couple of months
    'Selling' it to my mum - rubbish

    But the one which actually, really, genuinely worked, was filing it down as much as possible without breaking the skin, and then taping banana skin (I kid ye not) on it every night for about a week. The bugger dissolved and hasn't been back since. Definitely worth a try.
     
  15. Apr 20, 2006 #14

    wolram

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    OK, i will give it a go, which side of the skin do you use ?
     
  16. Apr 20, 2006 #15
    I had warts on my fingers in college. The doc froze them dead with a swab dipped in liquid nitrogen. After the dead parts fell off there was still some wart tissue left that would have grown back if left unchecked. He warned me about this and I went in for a second treatment. This time did the trick.

    So, if they're well established you simply need more freeze treatments in succession with a little healing in between but not enough time for them to grow back to the size they were.
     
  17. Apr 20, 2006 #16

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    The trouble is Zooby, the (doctors) about here do not think a wart is worth
    bothering about, there was a wart clinic once but that fell by the nhs wayside, i just hope they get warts on their bits. :grumpy:
     
  18. Apr 20, 2006 #17
    Hmmm. That's just plain wrong because an active wart tends to make others appear. I started with one on one finger. A year later when I decided to do something about it I had a total of five. Once I'd gotten them all killed I didn't get another for years.

    Anyway, it's a matter of getting the whole thing killed, especially the "root", which is the hardest part to get to. Freezing or acid with wrapping just has to be repeated and repeated till you've killed the last few wart cells.

    Here they sell a freezing device which creates cold through a chemical reaction. This isn't as good as liquid nitrogen, though. I once killed a wart with dry ice. Also not as good as liquid nitrogen, but something you can do yourself. I got a small chunk of dry ice and chipped off a piece that was pointy to hold on the wart. You hold it with tweezers or pliers and push the pointy part onto the wart. I spent about 15 minutes at it, holding it there as long as I could stand, letting off for relief, then applying it again. The first treatment killed it flush to the skin. When the dead part fell off I got more dry ice and did the whole thing over. Eventually, I got the whole thing.
     
  19. Apr 20, 2006 #18

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    The gooey side.

    Zoob, they sell the freezing device here too, I bought two and still couldn't kill the bugger. Tried dry ice too and it was back after a few days with that. A doctor will burn them off, but as soon as you get rid of one another one usually crops up, either at the same spot or someone else. You gain immunity to them eventually, and it'll just drop off.
     
  20. Apr 20, 2006 #19
    Yes, you have to give it more than one treatment. Because of their shape and because much of them is beneath the surface, it's not usually possible to freeze the whole thing in one shot. With dry ice you may have to freeze it two, three or four times a week apart to kill the whole thing. Liquid nitrogen is much colder and you can freeze deeper each time. Dry ice is only half as effective but if your doctors won't even treat them, then it's all you have to work with.
     
  21. Apr 20, 2006 #20

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    I used a very sharp Swiss Army knife - had to follow up a few times (about 1x/week for a month or so). I don't know what hurt more, the surgery or the rubbing alcohol I soaked it in afterward to avoid infection. The wart kept snagging on stuff (which hurt) and I didn't have the money to pay a doctor, nor insurance, but I did have a Swiss Army knife, a Wa****a sharpening stone and rubbing alcohol. It sounds like the file and banana method would have been more fun, though.

    Edit: Interestingly, the board software won't allow you to post good words that contain rude words whithin them. The rude word is a synonym for crap and the word is the name of a city in Oklahoma, IIR.
     
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