Warts are a common problem and although they do not pose any serious health problems, most people try to remove them using home remedies. Warts are small, rough outgrowths that grow on your hands, feet and even your face. They grow singly or in clusters. Human Papillomavirus is the culprit behind these warts. The virus infects the epithelium of humans and causes these benign growths called warts.
Best Home Remedies
Depending on the type and size of wart, it may take a few weeks or sometimes even months to remove them. It is good to start with the treatment sooner, so that you can remove it quickly. Before starting with the home remedies, wash the area with warts thoroughly and dry with towel. Wash hands before and after handling remedy to avoid infection.
Apple Cider Vinegar. Dab the affected area with cotton dipped in apple cider vinegar. Cover and leave it overnight.
- Vinegar and Baking Soda: Apply a thick coating of soda on the affected area and drizzle it with some white vinegar.
Duct tape. Keep the wart tightly wrapped in tape or band aid until they disappear.
Nail Polish. Cover the wart with clear nail polish, reapply as needed.
Toothpaste. Dab the area with regular toothpaste.
- Baking Soda: Make a paste with soda and water, apply it.
- Hydrogen Peroxide: Dab hydrogen peroxide using cotton.
- Aspirin: Apply olive oil, keep an aspirin tablet on top and cover it with bandaid. Change it daily. Otherwise use crushed tablet to make a paste with water, apply it.
- Vitamin C Tablet: Crush vitamin C tablet to make a paste with water. Apply it.
- Lemons and Limes: Apply a piece of the fruit over the area twice a day or you can add the fruit juice on it.
- Bananas: Place a piece of banana skin on the wart. Secure it with a tape. A piece of fresh banana can also be used.
- Apples: Secure a piece of freshly cut apple on the affected area; change it twice daily.
- Figs: Mash the figs and mix them with olive oil, apply it.
Pineapple. Apply freshly cut pineapple piece thrice daily.
- Garlic: Cover the wart with crushed garlic every day, until it goes off. You can also dab garlic juice twice a day.
- Radish: Apply a piece of fresh radish on the wart.
- Onion: Rub freshly cut onion, or onion slice sprinkled with salt or lemon juice.
- Potatoes: Apply a piece of freshly cut potato or rub the juice over the wart area.
- Carrots: Mix grated carrot with olive oil and apply it on the affected area.
- Eggplant: Hold a very thin piece of eggplant on the wart and secure it using a tape. This is good for children and for people with sensitive skin.
Oils and Extracts. All these following oils can be applied on the wart:
- Witch Hazel
- Clove Oil
- Oil of Oregano
- Lavender Oil
- Lemon Oil
- Geranium Oil
- Tea Tree Oil
- Vegetable Oil
- Wheat Germ Oil
- Oil of Oregano
- Castor Oil
- Garlic Capsule Oil
- Vitamin E Oil
- Vitamin A Oil
- Grapefruit Seed Extract.
Herbs and Plants
- Dandelions: Apply the milk taken from the dandelion stem on the wart twice a day.
- Aloe Vera: Apply aloe vera gel and cover the gel with pure cotton. Change it twice daily.
- Milkweed: Apply the milk taken from the milkweed plant several times a day.
- Basil Leaves: These leaves have antibacterial properties. Cover the spot with fresh basil leaves that have been crushed.
- Marigolds: Open the leaves of a marigold plant and use the juice you get from it.
Soaking the wart daily will help to soften them and increase their response to treatment. They can help the skin to fight against the virus and to prevent infection. The following are a few hot baths that might help:
- Baking soda and warm water
- Epsom salt and warm water
- Plain hot water or with vinegar added to it.
Boost up your immunity system so that your body gets the power to fight the virus internally. Include a lot of these items in your diet:
- Raw Cabbage
- Wheat germ
All these are simple home remedies for wart removal. Seek medical advice if you are unsure of any treatment.