How to Tell Your Friends About Your Embarrassing Health Issues

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Reader Comments (32)

I saw happy Rick and knew it was going to be a good day.

November 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSimpler Simon

On behalf on the podiatric community, I'd like to thank you for enduring inconvenient, uncomfortable, expensive treatment! Have you been threatened with the laser yet? I love the laser....

November 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDPM in MN

At least you didn't have yours frozen with liquid nitrogen.

November 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDean

I had plantar warts pretty badly on one foot. I tried several OTC medications to get rid of them, but they didn't work. You know what did? Duct tape!

Just putting a piece of duct tape over the affected area, changing every couple days, washing it really well in between worked. The skin died and peeled off, and the warts did not come back. Of course, the skin peeled on my foot for a couple weeks after that, but it got better.

November 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAndy

So, is this some nefarious way to introduce us to a new member of the super hero club?

November 14, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterdeimos

WartFoot, the newest member of The Legion Of Super-Heroes, And The Knifeketeer!

And the most disgusting!

November 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJohn Walters

When you wrote that your foot looked like it belonged to the Thing, I
I didn't realize at first that you meant THAT Thing, but thought you meant that other Thing, what seemed even more impressive, considering all the shape-shifting and whatnot. But this Thing is good, too.

November 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHS

@Andy: Duct tape - is there nothing it can't do?

November 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMick from Vic

I had a wart on my hand once. The doc said it would go away. It quickly multiplied, and its brood proceeded to persevere through fire, liquid nitrogen, lasers, yeast, duct tape, and profanity. My advice: if a wart grows on one of your limbs, cut off that limb.

November 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTatan

Initially, reading title in RSS feed, I thought this would feature Missy talking about her health issue ... was that the inspiration for today's comic?

This one is true to life -- Scott does, indeed, have a grotesque plantar wart colony on his foot, and there's acid (and a Dremel tool) involved in the treatment. ~Missy

November 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKevin Kunreuther

In response to Simpler Simon's comment, it's already been shown in earlier strips that Rick doesn't feel happiness, he just feels "not anger". :)

November 15, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjan otto

I assume the adhesive in duct tape is toxic. Would-be kidnappers please take note of this, also.

November 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRobert Carnegie

A smiling Ric on a Friday is a great start to the weekend.

November 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFrank

I had a plantar wart on the ball of my foot. It had to be surgically removed. I needed 4 extra shots of anesthetic between my toes and in my foot; ironically that was the most painful thing I've ever experienced. Even more than whey I cut my leg with a machette last month.

But now I'm happily wart-free.

November 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTBA

Anything that includes acid and Dremel tools in the same sentence gets my attention every time. If Meyer could get a shaman and some incantations involved this would be even better.

November 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterR. Dan

Guys - it's Movember: the month every year when we blokes are encouraged to thing about embarrassing health issues. Go to, think about your health and DONATE!

November 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRick

Further thought: I think duct tape for warts may BE a virus - a computer virus; because when I looked it up on the web, the first page that I found had been hacked. It was an apparently respectable medical web site but the headline was about the MMR vaccine. The contents were about warts and duct tape. So if someone's spreading this by breaking into web sites, then they might be using that to break into our personal computers, too. (I don't recommend anyone to investigate this. Unfortunately, that advice also means that you can't really investigate the duct tape cure.)

Warts and the viruses that cause them come and go in their own time and just occasionally cause cancer in our favourite or most necessary body organs, which may be not the same ones, and there is a vast lore of traditional cures that don't work but happened to coincide with a wart deciding to quit anyway, including selling them.

It seems to me that a Band-Aid should work about as well, at least to avoid spreading the virus across your skin, but it doesn't have the exciting kidnappy association that duct tape has, or for that matter the "how a man fixes stuff" association. Or, you can put duct tape -on- your Band-Aid.

November 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRobert Carnegie


Or we could not be embarrassed (when was the last time a woman agreed to be "embarrassed" about breast cancer?) and just help save lives.

November 15, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterkhereva

Obviously, Meyer needs to brush up on his Twain. Forget the acids, power tools and duct tape and focus on the obvious: stump water.

November 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMr. Obvious

You can purchase salicylic acid wart remover over the counter fairly inexpensively. All you need then is a razor blade, a steady hand, and a little poor judgement. You have to keep up the treatments (as directed!) until the root of the wart dies and falls out, but it sure beats the liquid nitrogen treatment. That is just barbaric. Ow.

November 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMr. Skungeous

Today's comic takes embarrassing health issues as a given (and as its title), and talks about them anyway.

People aren't over being embarrassed about breast cancer, and they shouldn't be blamed for that. They're having it tough already. If treating a disease can save your life but adversely affect your sex life, it isn't a straightforward decision. With other diseases, such as prostate cancer, treatment also brings the prospect of incontinence, unpleasant odours, sounds, stains, and, with some prosthetic appliances, interference with television or car radio reception.

I think Movember is about growing embarrassing facial hair so that you would rather talk about health issues instead.

November 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRobert Carnegie

On a wilderness trip I bandaged a blister with duct tape for a day. In the past this has worked well, but this time I used cheap Chinese duct tape, and an angry red burning rash-like irritated area turned to peeling skin over the course of two weeks after removing it.
I think if you want wart-removing toxicity, you need cheap Chinese duct tape. Conversely, if you have to have it anywhere near your body, you'd be better off using a burning tire soaked in cobra venom.

November 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSissyphus

Sissies!! purchase some liquid nitrogen and q-tips and go to town. You can do every wart and blemish in a half hour. Leave the blisters alone -- they'll get puffy, turn red eventually, then form scabs, then fall off. Simple as pie-- not painful at all for us manly men. Or you could get brave and pop each blister. Just watch out for gangrene.

November 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSteve

I had some arts removed from my thumb with the nitrogen treatment when I was in elementary school... I'm kind of a sissy, but I don't remember it hurting at all (just that when the doctor told me they would scar I got scars and scabs confused). Maybe nitrogen has gotten crueller in the last 15 years, or maybe I only remember the embarrassing part.

On another note, I'm with HS, I didn't even realize you meant the Marvel Thing until I got to their comment... I was wondering why your foot was morphing around and killing people. It makes more sense now.

On a third note, I have what might be charitably called a distaste for (and more accurately, a phobia of) bodily growths... it was very hard for me to read about the multiplying wart colony >>... *shudder*

November 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLythande

The warts! Rick draws joy from their very existence, like some sort of... wart... enjoyer... person!

November 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

I had a crop of warts on my hand a few years ago. One night when I was drunk, I ripped them out roots and all with a pliers and then plugged the holes with ground up aspirin and super glue. Somehow, it worked. I have the suspicion that I didn't cure the warts so much as put the fear of God into them.

November 16, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterwumpus

I used to have multiplying plantar's warts on my feet. Nothing got rid of them. I started taking vitamin A supplements for a different problem, and the warts went away, and never came back.
CAUTION: vitamin A is toxic in large doses, so don't go hog-wild. If you have a deficiency, supplements can cure it, and that can cure warts and other skin peoblems. If you don't have a deficiency, supplements won't cure the skin problems, because something else was causing them.

November 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDee

I never had this problem. My mother is a podiatrist so she just cut mine off with a scalpel.

November 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMeAgain

Third panel!

November 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterWaste of flesh

Wow, I thought I was nuts for digging out my warts with sharp edges then nitrogening the heck out of the hole where it was, but I see a lot of others have tried it and found it the most immediately successful solution, too.

November 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRoy

I found the best treatment was to soften my warts (tough buggers, too!) with apple cider vinegar on a piece of cotton round held on by medical tape for a day or two, then dig out the root (my wife is good with the needle). Eventually, even the ones you don't dig out may die off from repeated treatment with the ACV. It hurts a bit, but not as bad as the liquid nitrogen, which only worked for me on the weakest of my warts.

January 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTimpetus

Plantar warts: My daughter had them and they wouldn't go away. Our podiatrist friend gave me this secret. Start taking Tagamet everyday. No idea why this works. But it 100% started working in about a week. They never came back. It did nothing for the giant wart she had on her hand though. I have also heard that covering the wart will make it die (like duct tape, I also used mecuricome and/or clear nail polish), but none of those worked in our house.

December 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLamac
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