OK, at the risk of grossing everyone out, here goes. I have a small cluster of warts on the bottom of my left foot (kinda between the ball of the foot and the start of the toes so not painful as they are not on a weight bearing area) AND...more recently a couple small ones on my right thumb right next to my thumbnail. YAY. How sh*tty is this??? I'm now too embarrassed to go in for manis/pedis. I've done some reading on this and I know they are caused by a strain of the human papillomavirus (HPV). How did this happen? Well, as many of you know I play hockey and so I spend a lot of my time in ice rink locker rooms which are often not very clean and full of sweaty hockey gear and bodies. Gritty. That is probably how I caught this...just speculating but who knows. What am I doing about it? Well, along with all the other health stuff I've been battling (abnormal Pap, high BP, etc), I decided to see a dermatologist for some help. She is awesome...too bad she is leaving her practice for a research position at U of W but in the meantime she gave me some good advice (as well as a full skin exam which I had never had but needed to at my age with very fair skin). Her advice to treat the warts: 1. Use Mediplast (a product made by Curad). It is an adhesive sheet treated with 40% salycic acid on one side and a small pad on the other. You cut the sheet to the exact size you need to cover the warts. You can get it for under $1 a sheet at any drug store. 2. Cover the Mediplast-ed areas with athletic (breathable) tape, or a bandaid. 3. Change every 2-3 days. Here's where it gets a little gross. She really and truly told me it's gonna look worse before it gets better...meaning the affected areas could get a little gooey and icky as the acid gets into the skin. That's OK. She said just take the Mediplast off the affected areas every couple of days in the a.m. and take your a.m. shower per usual. 4. Then, on those alternate days, use a pumice stone on the affected areas after your morning shower to gently buff off the extra skin. The Mediplast creates a callous as the affected skin is treated with the acid, so it needs to get buffed away. Per her advice, if I keep this up religiously, it should resolve itself in 2-3 months. OMG that seems like forever! I'm so tired of having a bandaid on my right thumb (esp when shaking hands, typing, etc). But even more embarrassing having a wart there too . She also gave the one on my thumb a freezing treatment which kills off the blood supply at the root, in an attempt to speed the healing along. She said she does NOT do freezing treatments on the bottoms of feet as more often than not the resulting blisters get infected and the patient can't walk for a couple weeks. anyone else care to share their experiences? I know this is horribly icky but when I read online that a wart is simply an area of skin that grows faster than others that made it not seem so bad :shame:.