Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Good Ole Home Remedies

Hello again, Juan Day Readers,

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:
What's inspiring about this little story is that my immune system responded exactly the way a healthy one would via this treatment--which apparently helps the body locate the virus to drive it outta Dodge.

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.


: J


Jude said...

Duct tape! Who'da thunk it??

Juanita Grande said...

And who'da thunk that writing of this whole adventure would finally cure me of thinking of ducks----that require tape, whenever I hear the word.

; J

P said...

A foot fetishist's love knows no boundaries!
8 )

Juanita Grande said...

Heheheh... P... ;)

And for anyone out there more curious about the duck/duct tape history, check this out, taken from http://www.ideafinder.com/history/inventions/ducttape.htm:

Adhesive tape (specifically masking tape) was invented in the 1920's by Richard Drew of Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing, Co. (3M). Duct tape (the WWII military version) was first created and manufactured in 1942 (approximate date) by the Johnson and Johnson Permacel Division. Its closest predecessor was medical tape.

The original use was to keep moisture out of the ammunition cases. Because it was waterproof, people referred to the tape as "Duck Tape." Also, the tape was made using cotton duck - similar to what was used in their cloth medical tapes. Military personnel quickly discovered that the tape was very versatile and used it to fix their guns, jeeps, aircraft, etc. After the war, the tape was used in the booming housing industry to connect heating and air conditioning duct work together.

Soon, the color was changed from Army green to silver to match the ductwork and people started to refer to duck tape as "Duct Tape." Things changed during the 1970s, when the partners at Manco, Inc. placed rolls of duct tape in shrink wrap, making it easier for retailers to stack the sticky rolls. Different grades and colors of duct tape weren´t far behind. Soon, duct tape became the most versatile tool in the household.