Today's blog post is regarding a wart. Yes, a darned, lowly wart, which I discovered on my pinky toe about a month ago and will blame on the Chemo, or the Rituximab, or both, heheh...
When I first saw it there I thought, oh-oh, here we go, an onslaught of warts are surely to come, given me and my suppressed immune system, so I asked P to hit the pharm and get the latest 'n greatest anti-wart treatment, which was a home freezing kit that looked pretty promising.
Before trying it though, (as is the tradition ; ), I googled home remedies for wart removal and came across one that took my fancy due to its non-intrusive nature. The home freezing method would have quite possibly caused an infection during the healing process--again, due to the immuno-suppression, so I was less than keen to jump to it.
The method? Duct tape. Yup, good ollllle duct tape. What you do is place a small piece on the wart and then cover with a band-aid, (keeps it in place in high summer heat, I found), occasionally, gently filing the wart down, re-tape it and keep at that for two weeks.
The result? Well, I'll just show ya's as I was MORE than impressed with this painless, passive and perfect method--that took yes, exactly two weeks.
Here's the pinky toe now, completely wart-free with only a shallow crater and brand new skin on the spot the wart once occupied:
The duct tape works also by depriving the wart of oxygen, which all viruses need to survive.
So boom, there it is and toe-life is good again.
Hope it'll work too for anyone out there with a wart situation, as opposed to freezing, or for more pesky cases, utterly painful injections of anti-Cancer meds right into the warts. I have a friend, (who is also on immunosuppressing drugs), who had that done on multiple warts and said it was probably the most pain she's ever had to endure--and this lady's a trooper, too.
And with that, I bid you all a lovely August day out there.