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Saturday, September 15, 2012
Warts & the Wolfman
No this post isn't about a new Wolfman movie. It's actually about trying to get rid of plantar warts. Warts are a virus. They are a strain of HPV. Plantar warts are a partiicularly hardy strain and they can reside on pool surfaces, bathroom surfaces and the skin itself. Do you remember the old Wolfman movies wear the
nice guy turns into a werewolf and they film it time lapse style? I call a treatment I use on warts the reverse wolfman because when it does work it cause warts to fade away. It uses a dectivated yeast called Candida which gets the body to recognize the foreign antigen because it sometimes cannot recognize the wart virus. The treatment takes about 2 months to work but it sometimes has no effect since everyone has a slightly different immune system. Lasers can also be used for warts. They work by damaging the blood vessels that provide nutrients for the warts.
If you look at a wart you will saee little black dots; those are the blood vessels.
Although some warts go away on their own, plantar warts tend to be tougher to get rid of without treatment.
I started this blog to share cutting-edge knowledge from my medical practice and my experience with athletes and as an athlete myself. I was a walkon at I.U. for track and after getting hurt my first season switched over to bike racing and raced in the "Little 500". I teach skiing professionally and also fit soccer in between bike riding and running. You know who you are: the weekend warrior and more serious athletes: the best insights, protocols, tips, and tricks for training and living injury free. I welcome your feedback.