1. Salicylic Acid
The most effective and popular option of all, salicylic acid can be bought over the counter or through a prescription. Prescription-grade salicylic acid come in higher doses and are expected to work faster and better but many people attest that those that do not require a prescription work just as fine.
No matter what brand you pick, it is important that you follow the package’s instructions. Usually, this method would include the application of a salicylic acid-soaked cotton ball on the affected area, following a foot soak and scrub. Exfoliation and proper cleaning of the feet is believed to play a big part in how effective this home remedy would be. It is advised that you do this twice a day.
If using patches, change it every two days.
Tried and tested, this is one of the few home remedies for plantar warts that get some support from the medical community. A study published by the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews in 2012 found that salicylic acid yields “more consistent” evidence that it works, compared to other methods.
An option with a more old wives’ tale vibe, many people serve as witnesses to the healing powers of potatoes to get rid of plantar warts.
The old (and more crazy-sounding) version says that you should take a slice of raw potato that does not have an eye, rub it in the affected area for a few minutes while chanting something, and bury the potato in your garden. After a few weeks, if you choose to dig up the potato, you will find that your now-gone wart is in the potato!
However, I am happy to report that the new modern version of this treatment foregoes the digging part. Just rub the potato on the affected area for at least twice a day for two weeks.
Since it will take at least a couple of weeks for this method to work, your commitment will be tested but remember that it would only take a few minutes a day to hopefully find a way to get rid of your annoying plantar warts.
Oh and if you’re wondering, here’s the Potato-Go-Away chant: As this peeling rots away, so your warts shall go away.
3. Duct Tape
Of the three options highlighted here, this is the only one that is so well-known, it has an official and somewhat scientific-sounding name: Duct Tape Occlusion Therapy.
Although both science and us normal folks can’t exactly pinpoint why this method works, a lot of people swear by it. Aside from countless testimonials online, a 2002 study found that 85% of patients who undergo DTOT resolved their warts issue after a few weeks, while only 60% of the respondents got rid of their warts because of cryotherapy.
If you decide to go with DTOT, all you have to do is to cover your plantar wart with duct tape and replace it every six days. If it falls off before the six days are up, you could just replace it. On the sixth day and after you remove the duct tape, soak your foot in warm water and use an emery board or pumice stone to exfoliate the area. Do this for at least two months, or until the wart is gone.