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Pls tell me about treatment for warts

(6 Posts)
Baskets45 Thu 11-Oct-12 17:57:37

I've had a big wart on hand for last few months, large and unsightly and in annoying position, so decided to treat with salactol. Now I've got a painful mess! In the last week it's started to look like it's disintegrating, but it began bleeding overnight. Is this normal? i've got very little experience with warts - last one was when aged about 10 - and verrucae I or DCs have had have just eventually fallen off, with or without salactol. But without bleeding bits. I tried duct tape but seem to be allergic to it as I got a rash (I am sensitive to lots incl certain sticking plasters so not a surprise really).

So, can someone suggest next step for me please. Have I overdone the salactol, and should I stop that now? haven't used since yesterday. I've had a read through relevant bits of Patient UK bt no clear guidance on what to do if the thing bleeds.

thewhistler Thu 11-Oct-12 22:15:14

Oh dear, don't know as have never used salactol. But yes mine used to bleed. Obviously you need to keep them infection free.

I was cured for ever by a white witch. Yes, I don't believe it either but it happened. Never had them since, and I had had them for years.

tabbycat15 Fri 12-Oct-12 15:33:25

I had to warts ony hands. I took high strength garlic tablets for over a year & one day I looked & they had disappeared. Garlic is anti viral.

Could you go to the Dr & get them frozen off with liquid nitrogen?

I would maybe show a pharmacist & see what they suggest if they are bleeding. You will probably need to leave off treated them for a while if the skin surface is open as you may get infection. Not sure if they should be covered up if bleeding.

nothinginthefridge Fri 12-Oct-12 17:06:59

I went to the Dr's on Monday with DS who has a wart on his hand. His answer was duck tape. I know, but apparently much more effectively than freezing it off with nitrogen. He said it was something to do with the glue in the tape.

I've thought it was worth a go, so got some for DS.

CaptainHoratioWragge Fri 12-Oct-12 17:09:54

Duct tape has been recommended to me too, apparently they can't live without oxygen, so if you tape them tightly they die and fall off.
I have yet to buy the tape, though, and would be interested in reports if anyone has actually tried it!

Baskets45 Fri 12-Oct-12 21:40:20

Thanks for all responses. Duct tape not an option for me as allergic to it. FYI there is a bit on research findings on duct tape in Patient UK. I put in 'Patient UK warts and verrucas', I think, and got quite a spiel, so that might help others. I seem to recall using tight tape (ordinary elastoplast) on a wart decades ago, and it went quite quickly. Obvs the effect of sealing it in.

I think I read too, for me, there might be a problem in having the freezing treatment now it's 'open' and bleeding. Not sure if I read that or imagined it! (maybe it'll just hurt like blazes). My hand a lot less sore now I've stopped the salactol but it's still bleeding intermittently, so i'll probably go to the minor injuries clinic on Monday and get another opinion. I do have it covered as read that once it's broken and excoriated the risk of spreading is higher and I don't want to pass on virus to family (or get any more), and it's actually quite unsightly and I feel sick when I look at it. And there's me an ex nurse too. I can tell you, I saw much much worse on other people. I must be getting old and feeble!

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