I'm in a wedding this month and part of our pre-wedding activities, all of the bridesmaids and bride are getting pedicures. I have a wart on the bottom of my foot and I don't know if they'll actually give me a pedicure! I'd be totally embarrassed if they asked me to leave once I was sitting there. What do you think? Should I tell them? Should I pretend it's not there? How can I get rid of it fast? Macy, from Minnesota
The wart you most likely have on your foot is a plantar wart, a sometimes painful, always annoying problem. I read that it is estimated that 10% of the population currently has a plantar wart, so you are not alone.
I don't know how far away the wedding is, but you can definitely try to treat your wart before if you have time. There are over-the-counter products that help treat warts, (Wart Stick gets great reviews) and many DIY tips online that some say cured their warts. (Banana Peel? Apple Cider Vinegar? Duct Tape?) And if you don't have the desire to DIY it, you could go see a podiatrist to treat it.
If your wart isn't gone by the time your pedicure appointment comes, I would fore-go even trying. Warts are viral and can spread and if you were to have your pedicure and the salon didn't disinfect properly, your wart could become someone else's big problem.
But that doesn't mean that you have to completely sit out in the fun. Do you own pedicure at home (directions) and go for just a polish change. Just make sure you bandage your wart and let them know it's there. They won't mind and will appreciate you letting them know.