The Straight Dope

Go Back   Straight Dope Message Board > Main > General Questions

Closed Thread
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 06-03-2004, 12:11 AM
Cubsfan Cubsfan is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
I got a wart frozen yesterday. Now what happens?

I got a wart frozen yesterday. What happens now? Its still there, but its blue. Is it going to fall off or disappear? Should I put neosporin on it or something?

I should have asked these questions before I left the office, but I forgot.
Advertisements  
  #2  
Old 06-03-2004, 12:24 AM
Alice The Goon Alice The Goon is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
I work in a Derm office and deal with warts on an almost constant basis.
Most of the warts I deal with haven't responded to cryotherapy (freezing) and the patient has to come in weekly for Cantherone treatments. This is a liquid we put on the wart(s), then cover with tape and a bandaid.
After 4 hours, you take the tape and bandaid off and wash it. Next week when you come in, we pare away the dead skin on and around it (death courtesy of the Cantherone) and apply another treatment. It usually takes at least a couple months.
If you have Plantar warts, there's another treatment that involves 2 different acids that smoke when you apply them, and that's kinda cool to do.
I hope your cryo works.
  #3  
Old 06-03-2004, 12:26 AM
Alice The Goon Alice The Goon is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Oh, yeah, it's supposed to (now, after freezing) form a blister then a scab, and hopefully be gone forever. You should put Polysporin (preferably, but if you have Neosporin that would work too) on it for a few days, bandaid optional.
  #4  
Old 06-03-2004, 12:36 AM
Tigers2B1 Tigers2B1 is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
This is no joke ------ have you ever tried applying duct tape. Just put a small piece of tape to the wart, enough to cover, and leave it there for a week. Then remove the tape and scrape off the dead parts of the wart - repeat. After the third time or so you'll pull off the tape and the wart will come off with it.

I did this and it worked. Don't believe me? Try GOOGLE - +"Duct tape" +warts. If it's not true 'they' couldn't put it on the Internet.
  #5  
Old 06-03-2004, 01:25 AM
The King of Soup The King of Soup is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Quote:
Originally Posted by Stinkpalm
I got a wart frozen yesterday. What happens now?


Something wonderful.
  #6  
Old 06-03-2004, 01:53 AM
Mr2001 Mr2001 is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Dec 1999
Quote:
Originally Posted by Stinkpalm
I got a wart frozen yesterday. What happens now? Its still there, but its blue. Is it going to fall off or disappear? Should I put neosporin on it or something?

I should have asked these questions before I left the office, but I forgot.
I had some warts frozen a while ago. They all responded to freezing very well... unlike the one that was removed with acid when I was a kid, which left a big scar.

I wasn't told to put any ointments on them, so I didn't. The dermatologist recommended covering them with band-aids or athletic tape, which definitely helped once they started to blister, because damn, they got sensitive. I lanced the blisters when they got too full and painful - not sure if you're supposed to do that, but hey, I'm still alive. I would recommend using neosporin if you do that, or any other time you inflict an open sore on yourself, really.

After three weeks, one was gone and she froze the other two again; three weeks later, only one was left and she froze that one; another three weeks later, they were all gone.
  #7  
Old 06-03-2004, 02:48 PM
GilaB GilaB is offline
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2001
Location: New York, New York!
Posts: 2,456
How quickly are they likely to grow back, if they're going to? I had frozen my own two a few weeks back, repeated on one that didn't seem to be gone about 10 days later, and now everything is almost back to normal. Right now they look like my other fingers - am I probably finished with this, or could they still grow back? When I used the liquid over the counter stuff a while back, I had a few wart-free weeks, but then it grew back.
  #8  
Old 06-03-2004, 02:54 PM
Biffy the Elephant Shrew Biffy the Elephant Shrew is online now
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Over on the left
Posts: 11,592
I had a Mystery Growth on my neck frozen off just a couple of months ago. It was rather cool, actually (no pun intended). It worked exactly like trublmakr said: it blistered, then scabbed over, and within two weeks there was no trace left.
  #9  
Old 06-03-2004, 02:56 PM
minor7flat5 minor7flat5 is offline
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: Trenton, NJ
Posts: 3,570
Never had any luck with freezing. The darned things simply shed a thin layer of dead skin after a week and begged for more.

It took a determined doc bearing a small carbon-arc torch to properly destroy them. Still have the scars today after 20 years.
  #10  
Old 06-03-2004, 06:54 PM
gotpasswords gotpasswords is online now
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Mar 1999
Location: San Francisco area
Posts: 14,559
Quote:
Originally Posted by trublmakr
I work in a Derm office and deal with warts on an almost constant basis.
While I'm waiting for the appointment with my dermatologist, what's the general, if not straight, dope on recurring warts?

They're in the web between the third and fourth fingers. In February, I had one appear and went to get it frozen. It came back and brought a friend. In April, I had them frozen. Over the weekend, they came back and brought friends. I've now got four small, but very itchy bumps there, all grouped together. I don't want to get these frozen and wind up with eight next month!

I'd try the duct tape, but being in the web, there's too much movement and change of shape for tape to stay put for long, unless I buddy-taped the fingers. But that would make typing really tough!
  #11  
Old 06-03-2004, 07:19 PM
Cubsfan Cubsfan is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
How long should it take to blister over? I got mine frozen a couple days ago and they don't seem to be blistering. Its all black and blue around the outside of the wart though. How long will it take for that to go away?

FTR, I went to the derm and it turns out I have molescum (sp?). I apparently got it from a girl I was dating. I had to get a few small ones on my pecker frozen. No fun. He scrapped the ones off my lower abdomen and said that I would be fine after a couple visits to make sure no other ones grew back.

This has taught me a lesson about sleeping with women. You never can be 100% safe. I wore a rubber, but that doesn't stop this virus. Thankfully this thing isn't even on the radar of serious STDs.
  #12  
Old 06-03-2004, 07:23 PM
Sattua Sattua is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Jan 2001
I had a wart treated, a year ago. I had it "lasered," and two weeks later I had it frozen. After the lasering, it turned black. Nothing changed after the freezing. About two months later, the black spot fell off. A year later, the wart is back.
  #13  
Old 06-03-2004, 07:28 PM
Alice The Goon Alice The Goon is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
All warts are caused by viruses, so there's no way to really tell if freezing will get rid of them permanently. They do have a tendency to recur.
The blister should have formed within 24 hours. I don't know why they would be blue, unless the doctor did what my doctors do and marked them with a pen.
I asked a doctor today about the duct tape, and he said "it has to be made out of real ducks for it to work".
  #14  
Old 06-03-2004, 08:11 PM
Teelo Teelo is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
By 'Freezing' do you all mean having the doctor place liquid nitrogen on it? I did that a few years ago when I had 4 of them, 2 on my foot and 2 on my hand.
The pain wasn't the worst ever, but it lasted several hours. But in the end it worked, and they never came back. I do remember one on my foot had swollen up to a big puss ball, and freaked me out when I poked it with a needle and it all poured out...like I said, it died.

Unfortunately, I recently noticed a baby one on the edge of my pointer finger, and its a pretty cool coincidence that this thread was started. I knew about the 'duct tape thing' and am going to start that procedure tonight!
  #15  
Old 06-04-2004, 04:18 PM
Mama Zappa Mama Zappa is offline
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Posts: 9,801
My daughter had 3 warts frozen about 18 months ago - they were cropping up a bit too frequently (and I developed one suddenly, also), otherwise we'd have waited. IIRC, they didn't visually change for a few days, then they just started sort of "flaking" off. We were told to use the Compound W salicylic acid stuff also, but I never bothered with that.

The strange thing was that she had a 4th wart, which was *not* frozen off (she found the 3 quite painful, and we decided to hold off). But *that* one disappeared too. As did mine. Bizarro.
  #16  
Old 06-04-2004, 04:29 PM
Cub Mistress Cub Mistress is offline
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Middle Tennessee
Posts: 2,538
I took my 16 year old nephew to get warts burned off his hands a couple of years ago.* Tthe doctor said he'd do one hand at a time (because of the pain), but that frequently when one wart got creamed, others disappeared also, even without treatment. That is exactly what happened. All his warts vamoosed. Strange but true.

* We already made all the "excessive masturbation" jokes you could possibly think of, thanks. That part was fun.
  #17  
Old 06-04-2004, 05:14 PM
Guinastasia Guinastasia is online now
Guest
 
Join Date: Jul 2000
I've only had plantars warts, which are a different beast, but I've been told that one becomes more prone to getting them if you have a vitamin diffiency. True or false?
  #18  
Old 06-04-2004, 05:21 PM
Mr2001 Mr2001 is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Dec 1999
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mama Zappa
The strange thing was that she had a 4th wart, which was *not* frozen off (she found the 3 quite painful, and we decided to hold off). But *that* one disappeared too. As did mine. Bizarro.
Well, they are caused by a virus, and your immune system does most of the work of getting rid of them. If you put duct tape on a wart, all that really does is irritate the skin so your immune system realizes there's a problem in that area.
  #19  
Old 06-04-2004, 07:04 PM
Tigers2B1 Tigers2B1 is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Quote:
Originally Posted by trublmakr
...I asked a doctor today about the duct tape, and he said "it has to be made out of real ducks for it to work".
As God as my witness - I put duct tape on two warts that I had for about two weeks each. I took the duct tape off only to scrape off the dead wart every three days or so. In about two weeks I took the duct tape off to clean the wart and the entire wart came with it. No lie. Would I say this just to get someone to wear duct tape for two weeks? OK - but I'm telling you this worked FOR ME. Either that or it was an amazing coincidence.

If your doctor or mine hasn't heard of this - no big deal. It probably isn't taught in med school. But this was recommended by MY DOCTOR. But don't just take my word for this or my doctor's -- again, check the Internet --- GOOGLE +"duct tape" +warts and see what others are saying.
  #20  
Old 06-04-2004, 07:13 PM
Tigers2B1 Tigers2B1 is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tigers2B1
As God as my witness - I put duct tape on two warts that I had for about two weeks each. I took the duct tape off only to scrape off the dead wart every three days or so. In about two weeks I took the duct tape off to clean the wart and the entire wart came with it. No lie. Would I say this just to get someone to wear duct tape for two weeks? OK - but I'm telling you this worked FOR ME. Either that or it was an amazing coincidence.

If your doctor or mine hasn't heard of this - no big deal. It probably isn't taught in med school. But this was recommended by MY DOCTOR. But don't just take my word for this or my doctor's -- again, check the Internet --- GOOGLE +"duct tape" +warts and see what others are saying.
This is a report of a medical study which says as much ---

http://www.askewchiropractic.com/14E...,andHealth.htm

Quote:
Duct Tape for warts:
Is there anything duct tape can't do?


Get a load of this study reported in the October 2002 issue of the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine:

Researchers say that good ol' duct tape (the heavy, sticky , gray, fabric-backed kind) is more effective and less painful for treating warts than freezing them off with liquid nitrogen.

Apparently, researchers had patients stick a piece of duct tape on the wart for six days at at time, with a water soak, emery board (or pumice stone) filing, and overnight drying in between applications. This went on for up to two months or until the wart went away.

The study was conducted at the Madigan Army Medical Center near Tacoma,
Washington. 51 patients between the ages of 3 and 22 completed the study.
Of the 26 patients treated with duct tape, 85 percent got rid of their
warts compared with 60 percent of the 25 patients who received the freezing
treatment.


The researchers think the duct tape irritated the warts and caused an immune response to the growths. Other types of tape were not tested, nor were the effects tested on adults.

The AP reports that one Pediatric dermatologist, Dr. Anthony J. Mancini of Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago, says he uses a combination of duct tape with a topical, over-the-counter wart remover for nightly treatments.

I have a friend who used a 1/4" drill to relieve the pressure under the big toenail he had smashed. I suspect that Jay Leno may be right. These things are signs of the conspiracy by HMO's to get us to go to the hardware store instead of the doctor.

You just watch. The identical product will be re-packaged and re-labeled as "Wart-o-Matic" sold at ten times the price.
  #21  
Old 06-04-2004, 10:38 PM
SCSimmons SCSimmons is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Mar 2001
Well, what happens is, if you need a wart anytime in the next couple of years, pop that baby in the microwave on 60% power for 3-4 minutes.

Works fine in fully cooked dishes, but only fresh warts are recommended for salads and cold desserts.
__________________
-Christian
"You won't like me when I'm angry. Because I always back up my rage with facts and documented sources." -- The Credible Hulk
  #22  
Old 06-05-2004, 06:42 PM
Teelo Teelo is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Okay, I tried the Duct tape thing a little while ago, PROBLEM!
It keeps getting less sticky and falling off!!
How am I supposed to make it stick after washing?

Right now, I put some clear nail polish on it, I heard that this suffocates them.
  #23  
Old 06-05-2004, 10:09 PM
Tigers2B1 Tigers2B1 is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Quote:
Originally Posted by Teelo
Okay, I tried the Duct tape thing a little while ago, PROBLEM!
It keeps getting less sticky and falling off!!
How am I supposed to make it stick after washing?

Right now, I put some clear nail polish on it, I heard that this suffocates them.
Well the duct tape I used didn't let water underneath - so I never had that problem. If your duct tape just fell off during the day --- sounds like poor quality duct tape. Ask the hardware guy for their best quality duct tape -- and if you're brave enough - tell him that the brand you're using keeps falling off your wart.
  #24  
Old 06-05-2004, 11:21 PM
GilaB GilaB is offline
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2001
Location: New York, New York!
Posts: 2,456
Quote:
Originally Posted by Teelo
Right now, I put some clear nail polish on it, I heard that this suffocates them.
I don't know how clear nail polish could work - it's not like they're absorbing anything through the skin surface anyway. They presumably get their oxygen supply like they get the rest of their nutrients, from your blood. (If you see little black dots inside the wart, that's blood vessels that have grown to feed it.) Duct tape works because it irritates the skin, pulling more immune system cells to the area. This makes it more likely that some of them will notice that there's a virus infecting the region, which will put the whole system into attack mode. I suppose it's possible that nailpolish and/or nailpolish remover would irritate the skin enough to do the same thing - anybody know for sure?
  #25  
Old 06-06-2004, 04:48 AM
Der Meister Der Meister is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Have you guys ever had problems with having the warts spread from your hands to other parts of your body, or possibly even to other people? I worry myself sick about spreading the warts on my left hand to the other hand, it's almost an obsession to keep the hands from ever touching.
  #26  
Old 06-06-2004, 01:26 PM
Alice The Goon Alice The Goon is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
"Handwashing is the key to preventing infection."

Wash them ALOT.

That said, you won't spread your warts around to everybody, some people are immune to them. I'm really hoping I'm one of those people.
  #27  
Old 05-14-2013, 10:54 PM
CMThompson CMThompson is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: May 2013
Not to be rude, but not sure what doctor told you that!! I have been to my derm. four times now and he has frozen the same wart. He told me this time that if it did not work that I should go and get some duct tape and put on it. The acid from the duct tape will help remove the wart...
  #28  
Old 05-14-2013, 11:45 PM
RandMcnally RandMcnally is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
FYI: this thread is almost ten years old.
  #29  
Old 05-15-2013, 12:28 AM
pulykamell pulykamell is online now
Charter Member
 
Join Date: May 2000
Location: SW Side, Chicago
Posts: 30,423
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tigers2B1 View Post
If it's not true 'they' couldn't put it on the Internet.
I know it's a zombie, but I find this quote special. It's like talking to my dad.
  #30  
Old 05-15-2013, 04:47 AM
cochrane cochrane is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
If it hasn't fallen off by now, it'll eat your brain. Beware!!!
  #31  
Old 05-15-2013, 09:52 AM
Colibri Colibri is offline
SD Curator of Critters
Moderator
 
Join Date: Oct 2000
Location: Panama
Posts: 25,541
Considering that this thread was started in 2004, and no significant information has been added,
I'm closing this.

Colibri
General Questions Moderator
Closed Thread



Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:10 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

Send questions for Cecil Adams to: cecil@chicagoreader.com

Send comments about this website to: webmaster@straightdope.com

Terms of Use / Privacy Policy

Advertise on the Straight Dope!
(Your direct line to thousands of the smartest, hippest people on the planet, plus a few total dipsticks.)

Publishers - interested in subscribing to the Straight Dope?
Write to: sdsubscriptions@chicagoreader.com.

Copyright 2013 Sun-Times Media, LLC.