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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Warts

These comments are made for the purpose of discussion and should NOT be used as recommendations for or against therapies or other treatments. An individual patient is always advised to consult their own physician.

Plantar Warts [posted 1/13/99]
Question: My 12 year old daughter has planter warts. Her podiatrist has prescribed Tagamet for 2 months. I find this odd. I have not been able to find anything saying this treatment has been used. Please help.

Answer: Wouldn't be for the plantar warts. Somebody's made an error -pharmacist?

Warts & Grapefruit
Question: Hi there. OK, this is going to sound a little odd but here goes. I recently starting eating a lot of grapefruits as I have heard there is something in them that bonds with 'fat' in the body, and flushes them out of the system (preventing them from being digested when recently consumed I mean) Now here's the thing...I've had planter's warts on one foot quite badly for a couple of years now. I've been to my doctor on a semi regular basis to have nitrogen treatments..but not in a long time. Suddenly (within say 3 weeks ...my planters warts seem to be going away...does this make sense?? I know it sounds goofy..but it is the only thing to recently change in lifestyle that I can think of. Is there some type of naturally occurring anti-viral/bacterial agent in grapefruits to your knowledge??

Answer: None that I'm aware of ;but, you can't argue with success.

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