Plantar warts are benign epidermal tumors that occur because the wart virus penetrates the epidermis. There is a lot of bad information on treatment located in the Internet I have read several articles that suggest the use of topical anaesthetics help numb the pain. The fact is this will not work on the epidermal skin where the plantar wart is located they will only work effectively on mucous membrane such as is found in the mouth.
My husband is a tour guide and just yesterday received an inquiry from a prospective client who, with her family, wanted to book some tours with him. Her only condition was that they could not walk too far because their 19 year old daughter had just had a plantar wart removed by the freezing method and her foot was too painful to do too much walking.
How upsetting it is that this young woman had to endure the painful procedure plus the recovery afterwards. If the family had known about choosing a natural healing remedy to remove that wart, they could have made their travel plans without having to worry about her suffering any discomfort.
There are websites dedicated to telling people how to overcome the pain of having warts removed by the freezing method so it is obviously a common side effect. Some of the suggestions include:
– Taking 800 mg of ibuprofen about an hour before the wart is frozen, and a further 800 mg three to four hours later if still in pain. The maximum dose of ibuprofen an adult should take at one time is 800 mg, and no one should take more than 3200mg in one day. So the pain is still going to be felt for some time to come.
– Females should avoid making a cryosurgery appointment for the week before or the week of their period as they tend to have a greater sensitivity to pain during this time.
– Requesting that your doctor uses an anesthetic cream on the area being frozen because cryosurgery involves the use of liquid nitrogen to quickly freeze the warts and the tissue around it, and the pain will set in as the tissue begins to unfreeze. Numbing the area beforehand should take care of any immediate discomfort.
– Pretreating the plantars warts and it might help cut down the number of times you will need to visit the doctor to destroy the warts. Two weeks prior to cryosurgery, begin applying an over-the-counter 17 percent salicylic acid gel to your warts at night. Cover them with a 40 percent salicylic acid pad while you sleep. By the time you go in for surgery, you will have weakened the top layer of the wart, and the doctor can get inside and freeze the root.