How to cure Plantar Warts aka Foot Warts

Remove Foot Warts Permanently in about 4 weeks at home!

Clinical studies prove that 78% of those (including children 5 and older) treated with duct tape alone with no additional medication or supplemental therapy, lose the plantar wart (aka foot wart) in a varying 2 to 3 month time frame.

Study 2 shows that 94%-99% of people (again, including children 5 and older) lose their plantar wart with a Combination Method of DUCT TAPE and an application of SALICYLIC ACID, (aspirin) which is an acid found in many over the counter wart bandages to speed up the process.. 

The best method for fast removal of a Plantar wart/Foot wart is the following:

1) Soak foot in warm, soapy water for 15 minutes -as warm as possible without becoming hot.  Note: Be careful with children, not to make the water too hot.  Test the water prior to soaking childs foot.

2) Dry foot thoroughly, using towel and hairdryer to get the foot and toes completely dry.  Use a hair dryer so that you dry the foot and toes completely.  Do not put the dryer setting on hot, but rather on warm or keep the dryer a distance of 10 inches or more in order to apply a warm temperature to dry the whole foot. (This will also help the tape stick to the skin)

3) Apply Salicylic acid in the form of paste or preferably a band-aid type patch with thick pad which helps to keep some pressure off wart when standing or walking, Use a patch such as those commonly found in pharmacy.  (there are many products, but the one used in this method was the one that has been around for many years.  Since this is not intended to advertise for a particular product, I will not mention the name but it's initials are C.W., this will work just fine for the part of the method used)  Be certain to apply directly to the wart without allowing the salicylic acid to touch area surrounding or outside the wart itself. The acid will deteriorate and render the healthy skin tender, this is not desired and may cause an additional problem.

4) Cover the salicylic acid pad with duct tape cut to size. The duct tape should be cut just enough to cover the wart with salicylic patch, with enough tape left around the edges so it can stick to the unaffected skin. Use this for the first 48 hours and then remove the duct tape and acid patch.  During this 48 hours, the acid will begin to kill the virus and the duct tape will keep air out.  After this 48 hours, soak the foot in warm soapy water, rub the dead skin off wart with emery board, keep bandage and tape off overnight that night.  Use either an emery board or pumice stone to gently rub the dead skin off the top of the wart. With children use an emery board and rub in one direction, then the opposite direction if the child does not demonstrate pain, continue until dead skin is gone.  Approx 3 minutes of gentle rubbing.

5) Apply the duct tape now without the salicylic acid patch.  Press the tape so that it sticks to the skin to secure it well enough to stay in place, thus cutting off the air to the wart. Without oxygen, the virus will sufficate and not be able to continue growth. Since the acid has started the deterioration of the wart, the duct tape will allow the body's own immune system to target and overpower the viral infection quickly to impede it's growth and subsequently cause the virus to die. When the tape comes off, or a bath/shower is needed, remove the tape and once again soak the foot in warm, soapy water and again you will want to use either an emery board or pumice stone to gently rub the dead skin off the top of the wart. Again,with children use an emery board and rub in one direction, then the opposite direction if the child does not demonstrate pain.  Do so gently and carefully so as not to disrupt or affect the nerve since this will cause a good deal of pain. [Especially take caution with children if using a pumice stone.  Rubbing too hard can cause needless pain on the wart.  All you want to accomplish here is removal of any dead skin, if it hurts, you're rubbing live skin or the blood vessel(s) or nerve, so stop.  Remember! The wart may have a nerve beneath it or attached to it, so you do NOT want to scrape or rub the stone with more than a gentle motion. In relation to the water temperature, viruses are sensitive to heat and so the warmer the water, the better.  Then, as mentioned in previous step dry thoroughly.

Note: Remember with children, not to make the water too hot.  Test the water prior to soaking childs foot.

6) Continue with duct tape alone, for the next 1-2 weeks.  Take the tape off each night and reapply in the morning. Every couple days, soak foot in warm water and rub dead skin off if present. 

7) On the third week, if the duct tape has not caused the wart to come off, use the salicylic acid patch for another period of 48 hours straight.  Soak foot after that 48 hour period and again rub off dead skin with emery or pumice. By this time you should notice the wart is coming off.  You should at the minimum, see the skin around the wart is cracked and breaking free from the rest of the skin.

8) This is the stage when each person's wart differs.  Some will peel off with the last salicylic pad.  Others will need to continue several days with duct tape and the wart will peel off with duct tape.

9) After the wart peels off with bandage or duct tape, you will want to apply some Triple Antibiotic ointment and a regular bandaid to assure no bacteria enters the area where the wart was.

10) Allow to heal with time as a normal cut or abrasion, keeping it clean and free of debris.  Only If the area becomes red or irritated, use another application of Triple Antibiotic ointment, but no bandaid should be necessary.

ADVERSE REACTIONS TO WATCH FOR ARE: 1) Irritation or allergic reaction to duct tape - remove duct tape and apply antihistamine cream around wart - not on wart. Avoid using duct tape or any patch for several days monitoring the wart and skin surrounding wart.  After an application of antihistamine cream, the irritation/swelling will normally subside with 12 hour period.  To be safe, I recommend to refrain from using anything for 2-3 days while still monitoring the wart.  Then continue with therapy.

POSSIBLE REACTIONS: 1) Itching: This is sometime caused by allergic reaction to tape, since a wart should not really itch.  In order to minimize itching use benzocaine spray (Dermoplast) around wart with the use of a cotton tip, then clean the skin around the wart with warm water and dry thoroughly to allow the duct tape to stick again. Use lidocaine patch cut to the form of the wart if lidocaine patch is available. 2) to minimize pain when pressure is applied to wart, you may use several layers of tape to form a thicker pad when walking.

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Jonsky 6 years ago

Cheers doc. Will try it soon.


pascal j 5 years ago

ye will not


Meng 5 years ago

My wart is to the point where it is white. Maybe the last stage. How do I treat it with triple antibiotics covered or uncovered for the night time and day time? Reply back asap. Thanks.


Alicia 4 years ago

Is it safe to try this while I'm pregnant?


Amy 4 years ago

My 2 year old son has had a wart on his foot for about a year. I've spent a fortune on those salicylic pads without success. It has been so frustrating and hard to see him suffer. We started this protocol about 2 weeks ago and yesterday the wart peeled off with the duct tape!

Thank you for posting this and for spelling out each step in such detail.


John 4 years ago

I've had warts from age 17 - 21 (until recently).

I have started taking antihistamines (1x5mg) daily 2 months ago. Also i've been using Wartner Wart pen and in one case a chemical plaster. This did the trick. All of my approximately 10 warts on my foot and hands disappeared in this period. I tried kryotheraphy intensivly with dermatologists in the years before, but never had lasting success.

I am not a doctor but if you have dry skin, excema or similar, try this. I don't know how it works, but the antihistamine pills were incredibly effective. They were prescribed for another reason tough. Wartner pen alone did not work for me. I've tried it 2 months before starting the antihistamines with minimal success.


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Jeffrey Hile 3 years ago

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JulesBT 2 years ago

This absolutely worked! I have had this big, ugly, stupid plantar wart on my foot for the last 2 years. 2X I have been to the doctor to have the wart "frozen off". Neither time worked, and the wart didn't even blister! Then I tried an over the counter freeze spray to do at home, and that didn't work either. I bought a salicylic acid stick and applied it 2X a day, but on its own it didn't work (and I used it for months). Then I came across this article. . . the duct tape combined with the salicylic acid WORKED in just 3 weeks!!!!!

I noticed that the wart was turning black at the end of 2 weeks, and the skin around it was white (maybe I used a little too much salicylic acid). Tonight I removed the skin from around the wart. The skin came off easily. I then soaked the wart and used the pumice stone. The wart scraped off easily! There is a small indention where the wart was, but it is gone! I am so happy! Thank-you, thank-you for this valuable information!


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Dee 2 years ago

I had a planters wart removed the wednesday after Thanksgiving. It is on the bottom of my right foot to the far right in the middle. Right where you put pressure each time you step. I have been back to the doctor twice and the swelling and pain is still there! I can't get the swelling to go down and it hurts worse than it did when I had it done. The doctor basically told me it would take months to heal because of the "location" I can't hardly walk on my foot at all. I have tried building up a shoe so tha it can't touch the place. and still nothing! Any help or suggestions will be greatly appreciated!


Joe 2 years ago

Tried exactly this method continuously under a couple of months. Doesn't work at all.


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