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I field the tough questions

The question:

Does anyone have any recommendations for an over the counter effective medical aid to remove a common wart on an 11 yr old's hand? Oh sure, CVS, Giant, Rite Aid they sell quite a few products...Dr. Scholl's even has a do at home Freeze Off kit for $25.00, but it just plain hasn't worked really at all!

Other over the counter treatments dictate you have to repeated apply their medicine up to twelve weeks! That type of regimen has been hard for us to maintain especially when they are washing their hands several times a day, showering, bathing or swimming. We tried to stick to it, but it's almost impossible to do. Before I call my dermatologist to make an appointment for the wart to be professionally frozen off, is there any remedy (home made, old wives tale or over the counter at a pharmacy or pharmacy dept of a grocery or drug store like CVS)that you would recommend I try on my child/adolescent that really works? Thank you in advance!

I already knew the answer...but the American Academy of Family Physicians was the first Google return, and should be cited since they provided confirmation:


You don't have to click that link, though. If you have been reading my journal, you know that duct tape is the only parenting tool you'll ever need. Now, please excuse me while I return to my vodka...


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Jan. 9th, 2007 05:14 am (UTC)
We have a newfound appreciation for your MERCILESS DISCIPLINE series.
Jan. 9th, 2007 01:23 pm (UTC)
I'm pleased to hear that. Appreciation is useful for getting our publisher to reissue the books.
Jan. 9th, 2007 02:33 pm (UTC)
Jan. 9th, 2007 07:36 pm (UTC)
Excellent. I shall have to buy some for Julian. He's a big fan of bandages, like all kids his age.
Jan. 9th, 2007 03:35 pm (UTC)


You haven't been kidding about the duct tape...!
Jan. 9th, 2007 07:37 pm (UTC)
It holds the universe together. It's badass.
Jan. 9th, 2007 11:31 pm (UTC)

Sounds great, but how big is "a small piece"?

The size of the wart?
3 times the diameter of the wart?
An inch across?

How do they expect you to deal with bathing - try to keep it dry, or just let it get wet?
Jan. 10th, 2007 05:10 pm (UTC)
Use lots - make sure to leave bodily orifices uncovered
I believe you only need enough to seal the wart from the outside air...unless the wart is truly huge, a square inch is probably overkill. Duct tape is waterproof, so you can just let it get wet.
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