Saturday, November 12, 2011

Sayonara sucker

A couple of months ago, I experienced a personal first--a wart on the inside of my right pinky finger. Never having had to deal with such a hideous thing before, I just ignored it for several weeks. It was small and only noticeable at all when my fingers were spread out. I'd heard that the solution involved freezing it off, which isn't something I figured I'd be able to do on my own, and it wasn't something I was going to bring to the attention of anyone else if I could help it.

And help it I did! I'm happy to report that two weeks ago I placed the wart between the fingernails of my left index finger and thumb, pinched as hard as I could, and tore the sucker right off. It bled profusely for several minutes, but now it's all healed up and there is no outward remnant in the form of scar tissue or the like to show where it had been. I was worried it might grow back, but so far not even the slightest bump is detectable.

AE's doing his part to keep cosmetic health care costs in check!

9 comments:

Scotty said...

I had a finger wart in childhood, and got rid of it by regular applications of some nonprescription pharmaceutical over several weeks. Freezing isn't always necessary.

Jokah Macpherson said...

About three years ago I had an outbreak of warts on my foot that my doctor described as the largest he had ever seen (20+ at the peak). I self-treated with salicylic acid patches (the same stuff in all the acne products except at a much higher concentration) which basically kills the skin over a week or so, after which the warts peel right off.

I have to admit just tearing it off is pretty impressive, although I don't know if it would have been practical in my situation.

LDiracDelta said...

Although my memory is fuzzy, I believe I did something similar right before Junior High. I chewed mine off and it didn't come back.

Anonymous said...

I got mine burned off when I was 15. It grew back immediately. Then I decided to suck on it and it went away in about a week. Freaky!!! It just shrank until it was gone. Did saliva kill it? Did my body make antibodies that killed it from the inside out? Other ideas? It was just weird.

Audacious Epigone said...

Scotty,

I'd like to think that would've been my second approach if it started to grow back.

Jokah,

Sorry to hear that. Are they painful at all in those kinds of quantities?

LDiracDelta,

Well, I'm outdone.

Anon,

Clinical burning? Or did you do it yourself? And then you slurped it up?! Man, I'm outdone x2...

Anonymous said...

I got mine burned off when I was 15. It grew back immediately. Then I decided to suck on it and it went away in about a week. Freaky!!! It just shrank until it was gone. Did saliva kill it? Did my body make antibodies that killed it from the inside out? Other ideas?



You get warts because you have one of the hundreds of different types of the HPV virus. Killing an individual wart does not mean the virus is gone.

I get a wart on one of my fingers about every six or seven years. Salicylic acid is a common and effective self-treatment option. Treatment of the symptom, that is. I don't think any anti-virus treatment exists.

Jokah Macpherson said...

They are painful when they are on the soles of your feet. Quantity-wise I don't think it mattered much, since I developed a limp during that time to minimize the surface area of my foot upon which I rested my body weight.

Anonymous said...

There are a variety of treatments which work. The main thing is simply getting your body to recognize the wart as a foreign body and from there the infection will be suppressed.

During childhood I had a wart on the interior of one of my fingers that made gripping things strongly very painful. After going through a variety of salcylic acid products, it eventually went away. More recently I began developing a wart on my foot and was worried it would spread. I did some research online and came up with putting duct tape over it (apparently this has a better success rate than freezing). I did the duct tape thing for several weeks, also applying salcylic acid occasionaly, and although the infection appeared to spread to the nearby toe, at some point my body realized this was an infection and they've all disappeared.

Anonymous said...

No warts here, but do have skin tags every now and then. It's just excessive skin growth.

I used to go to a derm to get them removed but really they didn't always do a good job and it was money wasted. When he did them with a scalpel it was a nice precise cut, so the skin healed smooth. Later he stopped doing them himself and just had his female assistant do them by burning them with an electric pulse. However she didn't do a good job and they didn't heal back smooth.

So I decided I could do it myself for free and do a better job. Been doing that for a while now, at first I used nail clippers, but for that level of accuracy they can be a bit unwieldy, so I got some Tweezerman snippers made for clipping hangnails that are more precise and work well. For some reason these suckers bleed a lot.