Friday, April 29, 2011

Duct tape--what can't it do?

Jessica has been complaining for a while about these 2 bumps on her feet, one on each heel. She would complain about it every day when I was helping her put her socks on but when I asked her if she wanted me to call the doctor, she would say no. She is terrified of all things related to the doctor, poor thing.

Finally, when we noticed she was walking on her tiptoes because it hurt too much to put weight on her heels we took her to the doctor.

Diagnosis: plantar warts. Now, the doctor wanted to scrape off some skin and freeze them off but Jessica was having no part of that. Hari waited with her for 45 minutes trying to convince her, but no go. The doctor then suggested salicylic acid, which is used for both corn and wart removal. I bought some in a bottle as well as some medicated disks. The disks kept slipping off her sweaty little feet.

Before I got to trying the liquid stuff, Hari mentioned duct tape. I had heard of this method before, but never had occasion to try it for a wart. We had duct tape, so we tried it.

It's been less than a week and parts of both warts have fallen off. The doctor said to make sure we get all of it, including the root. I don't think those are gone yet because it still hurts if she presses directly on it, but she can now walk on her heels pain free.

1 comment:

  1. Jessica,

    I had plantar warts on when I was a child
    and after treatment all was well.


    Grandpa Dan