My husband has been trying to get rid of one very stubborn plantar wart on his foot for the past 3 years. He's had others that he's had to freeze off (on his hands), but the one on his foot just won't go away!. He's seen a dermatologist, and after repeated attempts with cryo, and topical acids to remove the wart, it still persists. We're now considering laser removal - there are two types of lasers that can be used for wart removal - CO2 lasers and pulsed dye lasers. The CO2 lasers are associated with pain and lengthy recovery time, and also scarring (which we really want to avoid). However, we've read that the pulsed dye lasers can remove just the wart and not affect the surrounding tissue, and that the chance of scarring is very very minimal and also that it's a fairly pain free procedure. Also, apparently the pulse dye laser is very effective at permanently removing warts.
However, pulsed dye laser wart removal can be expensive (and insurance may not cover it), and also it's hard to find a dermatologist who has this laser to use. Here a link that gives more information about pulsed dye lasers for warts:
Warts appear to be a problem for a lot of people with UC - something about the immune system of a person with UC results in the immune system never recognizing the wart virus as a foreign body, and therefore, your body never fights off the virus. Usually, the cryo and the salycilic acid treatments cause irritation in and around the area of the wart, and trigger the immune system to fight off the wart - however, that doesn't seem to happen in people with UC. My poor hubby has been treating this wart constantly for over 3 years, and it is still there, it just keeps coming back like a villain in a bad horror movie!
Please do post about which treatment your dermatologist recommends, and if it works for you. I hope you manage to get rid of the warts permanently.
Husband with Ulcerative Proctitis
Diagnosed March 2003, 1st Flareup after diagnosis Apr 2006
Currently in Remission
Nightly 1000mg time release Canasa
Even though he has no symptoms, he's on VSL # 3 (1 packet daily) for prevention
Was on the SCD, but we stopped after 4 months of no symptoms - he's doing fine on a normal diet