Thursday, May 31, 2012

Plantar Warts...


Hello Folks



Here's my story about my dumb 10 year old wart my Nurse Practitioner came upon... in March 2010 and please note that this is not my favourite topic but if I can help someone else fight and combat this nasty virus and find some relief as I am finding, then I don't mind posting info about this distasteful topic for me... I do hope others can find something they can use with my story about my experiences in my fight against this darn thing...




After reading info from the web - and from these two sites... http://www.helium.com/items/812919-using-apple-cider-vinegar-for-wart-removal and http://www.apple-cider-vinegar-benefits.com/removal-of-warts-using-apple-cider-vinegar.html I decided to try the Apple Cider Vinegar with Duct Tape to try to remove my Plantar Warts...






Anyhow, after 10 months of Duct Tape and Liquid Nitrogen treatments every 2 weeks - we removed 10 blood vessels to the Giant Wart... but in the past 8 weeks, I've been using ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar) and Duct Tape and now I am starting to visit the Nurse once a week now but we're not using the Liquid Nitrogen anymore... she scales my callous down with her skillful scalpel...



Well, 1 hour each night (that's all the pain I can stand - I used to do overnight but we're getting closer to my original skin) is what I'm up to now with my treatment for my Plantar Wart(s) treatment... I saturate a cotton ball with Apple Cider Vinegar and duct tape it to my foot and secure it with bandaids or tape... (Nurse would like me to apply the poultice 1 hour in the morning and 1 hour in the evening so I'll see if I can do that but for now I'm able to definitely do 1 hour each night) and DUCT TAPE at all times... (this is a contagious live virus you want to contain at all times) and the Duct Tape smothers the virus as well... and you are not supposed to touch the wart as you could pass the virus on to new places to grow on yourself and on others... so do be careful with how you handle working with your wart.




Call for an appointment with your doctor if:


  • There are signs of infection (red streaking, pus, discharge, or fever) or bleeding. Warts can bleed a little, but if bleeding is significant or not easily stopped by light pressure, see a doctor.

  • The wart does not respond to self-care and you want it removed.

  • You have pain associated with the wart.

  • You have diabetes or a weakened immune system (for example, HIV) and have developed warts.

Remember I am doing this process with the help of my Nurse Practitioner Jocelyn so if ever you need Medical Care, please do seek it out...







6 weeks using Apple Cider Vinegar Poultice and Duct Tape



10 new blood vessels have now come up in 6 weeks using this treatment and I now visit my Nurse Practitioner weekly and she scales it down for me with her scalpel... This is my 10 year old plantar wart that 4 other doctors deemed cured but left a damaged scar on my heel... An over zealous doctor applied a large doze of liquid nitrogen to a small wart - totally needless to put this size an application on my heel and the result was an extremely painful callous - "Overkill" I think... Phew... Anyhow, after the initial treatment I did return in 1 week and was told that I was cured... and then over the next year or so, another appointment with another doctor with a complaint about the callous and they couldn't detect a wart still and the next doctor after that too... But come to think of it, they didn't inspect the callous very closely... ;(

So my Nurse Practitioner found the Plantar Wart(s) when I complained about having a callous that hurt when I walked on it... And we've been diligently working on it since... Lots of Progress with the ACV treatments lately! Glad I found this remedy and my Nurse Practitioner is willing to work along with me using it! :)

With just Duct Tape and biweekly visits to the Nurse Practitioner, we only removed 10 blood vessels of the big wart over 10 months... she does apply a low dose of Liquid Nitrogen to freeze the wart when I visit but I opted to not do this last visit last week...

So the ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar) with Duct Tape is more effective removing the wart and all the blood vessels over 8 weeks than just the Duct Tape and freezing method... :)




And my science project continues but progress is ongoing...

Cheers,

Colleen ;)

Here's some pics...

These 3 pics are of the callous and the dark areas are where the wart dots or roots are coming up they appear as black dots on the callous... the callous has been treated with Apple Cider Vinegar poultices one hour a night for the past couple of weeks...










The next picture here is how the callous looks after the Nurse Practitioner scales the callous down - removing some of the black dots (aka roots)...







We can still see some dots where they did bleed slightly but that's a sign that we're getting to them... I usually wait a day (24 hours) before putting a new poultice of Apple Cider Vinegar on for 1 hour...



Here's how my foot looks while it's "Under Construction"...







Note that the red duct tape is sealed all the way around with medical tape - this gives it a proper seal and holds the duct tape in place - I used to use band aids but the medical tape seems to be cheaper and works just as well - make sure you give it length otherwise it just falls off...









And the next 2 pictures show how the callous looks after 1 week (7 days) of Apple Cider Vinegar usually 1 hour at night but sometimes I put it on also in the morning if I can stand the pain... As we are getting closer to the base of this callous and my normal skin, the treatments of ACV do hurt a bit... Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen help ease the pain that does subside in time...









And now we're getting ready to go see the Nurse Practitioner for treatment today...





And here's Jocelyn's (Nurse Practitioner) handiwork this week! We did NOT use the Liquid Nitrogen Freezing again this week - the scaling down hurt a few times - like a pin pricking into my heel as she was scraping things down for me... I think I counted 3 winces from me and 3 OUCHES were mentioned by me... We are using the Duct Tape, Apple Cider Vinegar Poultice 1 hour in the morning after I soak my foot (with the Duct Tape and Bandaid still on) in very warm water in my HotTub - Sometimes the Duct Tape and Bandaid fall off - I just tip toe back to my house and apply my ACV treatment for the morning and then I just do the ACV treatment for 1 hour at night if possible... and weekly visits to Jocelyn for help scaling things down with her skillful scalpel...

























And now I'm back at home and this is what I'm left with after this week's treatments... most of the red dots from last week have disappeared and things are looking pinker - we'll see what else we can draw up over the next week until our next visit with Jocelyn...



I'll put duct tape over the callous now and wait till tomorrow morning and start 1 hour Apple Cider Vinegar treatment then and see if I can do it again tomorrow evening...



Wish me luck! :)




Friday morning after the Wednesday June 30th, 2010 treatment with my Nurse Practitioner...

I applied the Apple Cider Vinegar Poultice on Thursday am and Thursday pm - no problems - threw on the duct tape and fastened with tape...

Then today from 11 am to 12:30 pm I applied the ACV poultice and put my Duct Tape on and that's when the pain started... OUCH... like an earache in my heel... or like scissors being jabbed into my heel or ladies will understand this - intense labour pains in my foot... I think 1 1/2 hours is too long for the AVC - maybe 1/2 hour or 1 hour...

Had to run some errands but had some Acetaminophen in the SUV - took two 500 mg of pain reliever at 2pm EST... and now it's 3:30pm EST and I'm feeling better... heel feels like a bruise I don't want to step on but the earache in my foot has ceased in sending me pain signals like before...

We'll see if I dose it tonite with the Apple Cider Vinegar...

No more warts are in the callous by the way... looks like it's just the wimperings of the blood vessels withering away... Perhaps the closer to the skin layer I get the less tolerant it is of the ACV treatment...

So Duct Tape and a big Band Aid are on it for now and I'll take another couple of Acetaminophen later if I need it...

And that's leading up to my Friday night!

Hope other folks have a GREAT WEEKEND!

I'll be working on my Science Project... we're getting close to the end of this I think... :)

Friday night... almost Midnight - No ACV tonite and no more Acetaminophen needed so it was just 2 pills at 2pm today and we'll see how tomorrow goes...

I would like to apply the ACV in the morning but if it feels sore still sooo I'll wait till evening... It does have the Duct Tape at work to smother any blood vessels left and it is building up and drawing things up in a kind of blister - the blister is just the skin raising up higher and thicker as it makes the roots come to the surface for scaling down next Wednesday by Jocelyn, my Nurse Practitioner! :)

So the pain has subsided, a little tender to walk on still but is well bandaged until we decide things tomorrow...

Saturday Morning... slight pain but I'm ready for the ACV treatment - 1 1/2 hours today and it was a bit tender afterwards... Had to walk for a bit but I was OK... we'll see if I do a treatment tonite... One wart is coming up some more - thought it was gone but it is still persistent... at least the ACV is drawing it up to the surface... and there's about 15-20 little blood vessels still visible...








These two pictures show how the "blistered skin" comes up and draws the wart and roots up with it... there's a shadowy green colour to the bottom of the heel showing and that's a collection of roots... very small but each week they come up still... and it's hard to see the black dot I see - camera shot is not that clear - top left perhaps you can see the dark spot and that's the last wart I hope...



So, tonite I'll apply the ACV poultice for one hour and we'll see how I feel tomorrow morning...



One Hour is enough of the ACV poultice for me... and it's a little cranky tonite...





Monday is here now... Monday morning ACV treatment - 2 hours - I forgot I had it on... and the pain started as soon as I took the Poultice off... felt like a pinching or cramping pain - I had to take 2 Acetaminophen at 2pm EST and then two more at 6pm EST just to ease the pain a bit... still not walking on the heel at this time...

I'll PASS on applying the poultice anymore... seems to be giving the heel pain so I'll opt for the Duct Tape and continue suffocating things and just leave the Duct Tape and Bandaid on until Wednesday morning...

I did sneak a 20 minutes poultice of ACV on Tuesday at 4pm EST just to give things another dose of treatment... and now the callous looks ready to scaling down...

I soaked my foot for about 20 minutes before seeing the Nurse though to soften the skin... she would rather I didn't soak my foot as she prefers to scale down a dry callous - we'll have to negotiate on this in future...

Hope to see what is NOT left when we scale things down at my Appointment... :)

Wednesday's Appointment was another Eviction Notice Party and Jocelyn scaled down so much more and there's still signs of about 10 roots and I think the main wart (yes the original one from 10 years ago) lurks in there too still...

No Pain and Jocelyn really scaled the callous down today...
Nurse visit went very well - she scaled a lot of crap off... but alas, there's a big mass we still need to work with and there was another big dot coming up and about 10 blood vessels... I overdid it yesterday at 4pm when I applied the ACV and was suffering for a bit there last night... but things are moving along with this Science Project...



Saturday morning and I survived Friday night's 1 hour ACV treatment - NO PAIN this time... not like Wednesday night... Thank Goodness! :)



We'll see how things go for Saturday...



Survived the Weekend with Sunday nite - putting on the ACV for too long... 2 hours is too long and pain ensues... oh well, the wart is suffering then! :)



Popped a couple of Acetaminophens and went to bed... I'll take it easy on Monday and Tuesday and keep things Duct Taped and ready for Jocelyn on Wednesday morning...



And Wednesday morning, there was a callous for Jocelyn to work with and she had fun with her scalpel... that persistent wart is still holding on but we'll catch up to it next Wednesday...





Sunday, July 25th - Went to see Jocelyn on Wednesday last week and she removed lots of stuff from my heel... she thought I could just put my shoe on and go and I said, No, I need a bandaid so I don't spread this virus anymore... this heel has not met my sock or shoe ever so I need a bandaid please... She obliged me and neatly placed one of her bandaids on my foot... And now it's Sunday and I've found some blood vessels  also coming up and we'll see how this Wednesday's appointment goes...



I can only handle 1/2 hour of the Apple Cider Vinegar on the Thursday nite after the Wednesday scaling down... this morning, I was back up to 1 hour again and I will be putting the poultice on again for another hour tonite before bed... and I'll try 1 hour tomorrow morning and evening to really douse this thing...





Wish me luck this week!





August 2010 - and we will continue visiting Jocelyn to scale things down with her Skillful Scalpel and then I will apply the Apple Cider Vinegar Poultice a few days later - about 15 minutes to 1/2 hour to start - 1 Poultice at night and another in the morning to "poison" the Virus... it seems as though the more we scale it down to what appears to be pink skin - it gets a white callous over it and then the black dots appear so onward we shall go... there's that annoying brown mass that shows up also and I suspect it to be a main virus from the original wart perhaps... we must remember my case is not a simple one wart thing and it has taken 10 years to get to this point... so my mindset is that I shall continue with this strategy until the dreaded thing is GONE!



Be it September, October, November or December or we are willing to celebrate the New Year with the Cure for this...



I'll keep you posted on an ongoing basis but I think you get the gist of how things work with the ACV treatment... maybe I'll post weekly or monthly for you just so you know I didn't "give up"...



Some Doctors tell their patients that a plantar wart is "Self Resolving"?!? Well, I think I can qualify my answer that in some patients this is NOT the case...







Tuesday, August 10th, 2010...



Getting ready for my 5:00pm EST appointment with my Nurse Practitioner Jocelyn to scale down the callous and all the "goodies?" the Apple Cider Vinegar has brought up for her to work with...



Thursday night last week with a 1 1/2 hour ACV poultice was painful... think 1 1/2 hours is too much maybe too soon after a Tuesday appointment with Jocelyn... I was not weight bearing on my sore heel for 3 days but Saturday, Sunday and Monday Night I was able to apply the poultice again and have brought up a few more blood vessels in the brown area of my heel... We're up to 41 now since last year's start of this "Science Project"... So hopefully Jocelyn can scale me down again and we'll go for another week of the Apple Cider Vinegar and Duct Tape and me again... I might go for my next ACV Poultice on Thursday night again but for 1/2 hour only and we'll see how this goes for me this week!










I know it looks like "Doom and Gloom" here... I think I see 4 more blood vessels coming up in the darkened area on the right side of the callous... 2 dots at the top of the callous are 2 more we've been working on and there's one more hiding at the top of the darkened area... Hope Jocelyn has fun today, cleaning house for me...



And Jocelyn was wielding her Skillful Scalpel to get me down to this for this week...











We had a bit of bleeding going on and now we're left with some caverns in the callous and the pink dots we see are where hopefully the warts have vacated premises from...



And now with my Duct Tape in place, we'll plan for Thursday or Friday to start with 1/2 hour of Apple Cider Vinegar poultice on it - once at bedtime... and I'll let you know how it goes from there...



My Duct Tape and Band Aid now cushion my heel so I am able to walk with not too much discomfort - cushy socks and my running shoes will get me around for a few days now with no problems...



Here's a few hours after getting back from the Nurse - it's not soo Angry Looking now... and there's a little less redness to the colour...











And so today - I'll celebrate how the Duct Tape and Liquid Nitrogen dragged 10 blood vessels out in 10 months and NOW... the Apple Cider Vinegar has raised 31 more blood vessels from this "old" 10 year old wart... a Grand Total now of 41 nasty roots removed from this heel...



Wish me ongoing luck with my little "Science Project"...





Sunday, August 15th, 2010... and I visited my Nurse on Tuesday afternoon last week for my scaling down of my heel - then I waited until Thursday night to put an ACV poultice on for only 20 minutes... (no pain with the lessened timeframe for my first application of Vinegar after the scaling down)



Then...



1 Hour Friday am

1 Hour Friday pm

1 Hour Saturday am

1 Hour Saturday pm



No pain for these 4 applications either so I'm game to continue...



And I do plan to put my poultice on again Sunday am and Sunday pm as well as Monday am and pm and the rest of the time have my Duct Tape securely taped on to help smother this darn wart thing...



And my Nurse Practitioner Jocelyn says she can't believe the size of this plantar wart I've got... :o



So... we'll see what Jocelyn scales me down to this Tuesday afternoon! On the plus side of things, it appears the wart is losing it's grip on my heel and seems to be getting smaller each week! :)





And on Tuesday afternoon (I did dose the heel Tuesday morning with the ACV for 1/2 hour), Jocelyn told me she was going to Zap the thing today... YIKES! I said - Not a good idea, that really hurts when you that I said... I'm happy with what we're doing... And once she started scaling my heel down, she couldn't find anything to Zap... Thank Goodness... :)



So she had a few brown dots which seems to indicate some dying blood vessels of the wart but Jocelyn and I think there's something wicked that lurks beneath still...



And now I've been instructed to apply the ACV on Wednesday so I'm busy during the day and Wednesday night, I'll be ready to do a dose...



I was watching an episode of "The Doctors" today and they were talking about scaling down your foot if you have very dry feet and did suggest people use caution and not scale things down to bleed and a pumice stone is probably the best thing to exfoliate the skin on your heel for regular heel problems... So please be careful with your feet when you scale things down... Before I met my Nurse Practitioner, I used to use a pumice stone to scale the callous down... And if you're like me and not sure how to scale things down, find a medical professional to help you out with this part... Remember, my heel situation is a bad wart with a bad callous and scar that my Nurse has to work with... and that's why I'm so happy to work with her on this "Science Project".



I'll see how things go and post more info soon...





And here's a recent photo of my callous - a bit of bleeding from one of the 4 brown dots that were visible when Jocelyn scaled me down on Monday... this photo was taken on Wednesday, August 25th, 2010...



I applied a 1 hour application of Apple Cider Vinegar Tuesday am and Tuesday pm and after I soak my foot this morning I'll continue with 1 hour in the am and 1 hour in the pm each day until my next appointment next Tuesday - Heel is sensitive and a bit sore though but I'm committed to poisoning the wart out of my heel as much as I can... Duct Tape is put on top of the callous at all times to smother the wart out also... but things are looking better these days I must say... and a few more treatments may take weeks (or possibly months if there's more wart still left under the callous - we can only tell each week what's left to work on) to make sure this wart has been eradicated and I'll be visiting Jocelyn for regular checkups afterwards also...





Wednesday's View of my Heel...









And Thursday was like this for my heel... the dark dots are more visible although the pic is a bit cloudy - sorry about this shot not being clearer...











And like this on Thursday am after soaking it in Hot Water for 1/2 hour then applying Apple Cider Vinegar to it!









Now there's dark dots on the top right side of the callous indicating more of the dreaded wart virus...



Apple Cider Vinegar in the am today and also in the pm and I'll continue this Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday morning also to try to draw this thing up to the top of the callous so Jocelyn can scale it off hopefully... and then we'll start things up again next week and see what we uncover...



Hi Folks - Been away for a while from this blog... Plantar Wart is still lurking around after 6 weeks with just Duct Tape and Band Aids - applied Apple Cider Vinegar again and scaled it down and this is what's still left of the Plantar Wart... lots of dots here and I see Jocelyn Next Monday, October 18...







And after 1 week again, here's how things look for Tuesday, October 26th... the main wart is still coming up and I'm hoping we're nearing the end of this treatment! Wednesday is another appointment with Jocelyn to scale things down again...










Now all I do is scale my heel down every couple of days with a Dr. Scholl callous scraper...









Cheers,

Colleen :)

PS:  January 2014 - Hi Folks, My heel is still free from those Plantar Warts!  Hope the rest of you are finding relief and possibly a cure too! :)