Warts are a kind of skin growth that is normally caused by viruses. They are mostly as a result of human papillomavirus (HPV) which cause the infection of the top layer of skin and cause it to grow rapidly; as a result wart is created. They are benign in nature; however, one way to contract this virus is by cutting or damaging your skin in some way and then touching a person who has it. It is also possible to contract the virus by sharing of razors, towels and some other types of personal care items. This is to say that warts can spread to other parts of your body as well as other people.
Warts can be developed by anyone but the most vulnerable group are teens and children as well as people who have had a weakened immune system. Besides, there are some different types of warts. They all look different and show up in different parts of the body. They also affect people in different ways and this may be sometimes depending on the strength of their immune system. Let me also tell you that some strains are harmless while some others have the capability of posing some very serious problems. Some of the most common types of wart include
- Common Warts: This is one of the most seen types of wart in humans. It is the type that normally grows on your toes and fingers but note that it can also appear elsewhere. Their features include roughness, dome-shaped, grainy appearance and rounded top. In fact, they look grayer than the surrounding skin.
- Plantar Warts: Have you seen a skin growth on the sole of the feet? If so, then what you have seen is a type of wart known as the Plantar wart. It is normally hard and thick with dark specs. It is also sometimes painful when you walk.
- Flat Warts: This type of wart can grow on the face, legs and arms. They are usually small and is not difficult to get noticed. Flat warts can be brownish, pink and slightly yellow. As the name implies, they have a flat top. For example, when looking at them, it looks like they have been scrapped.
- Periungual Warts: This type of wart is the one you will always see around and under the fingernails and toenails. Periungual warts can be very painful and its presence could affect the growth of nails.
- Filiform Warts: This is one of the most uncomfortable and irritating type of wart. In fact, seeing it grow on the face especially around the mouth is a big turnoff. It can also grow around the neck or sometimes under the chin. Filiform warts maintain the same color as the skin but you can identify them with the thread-like growth that normally sticks out of them.
It is important to note that warts in some cases will go away on their own. However, it can also stick around much longer than you can imagine. In all these, if you have tried some mainstream methods and it does not really work for you or probably you are avoiding treatments involving some strange chemicals or drugs, then you can as well try some straightforward home remedies that can help you get rid of warts. Yes, they may not look like anything extraordinary but this is why I rate them better in my opinion.
1. Apple Cider Vinegar
First on the list to get rid of your warts is Apple Cider Vinegar. It is not a surprise because it is simple and there have been numerous testimonies on how successful it is for wart removal. It’s acidity is high and because of that, it can attack the flesh and kill the physical wart itself allowing it peel off from the skin on its own. It does not kill the virus, however, technically speaking; it takes out the virus with it never to return anytime soon. All you will need in this remedy is a piece of cotton cloth and a bandage.
- Soak a piece of cotton fabric or a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar.
- Let it saturate and then press out excess liquid to avoid dripping all over when it is applied.
- Take it and place it over your wart
- Secure it with gauze or cloth
- You can do it every night. The wart is expected to die off in 1 to 2 weeks.
Milkweed is very popular. It can be easily found in fields, along the road or even in your backyard. It is important to note that they can be toxic when taken internally due to the presence of cardiac glycoside which is a “poison”. For this reason, keep it away from pets, kids and your eyes.
- File your wart to get it a little bit exposed
- Cut off a few of the leaves off the plant and release more of the sap by squeezing the bottom of the stem.
- Apply sap on the area where wart exits
- Leave on and reapply if needed
- You can discontinue it if you experience rash or skin irritation.
3. Banana Mash
The banana mash is a little bit similar to milkweed. It has a proteolytic enzyme which is capable of eating the way the wart. What you will need is just one banana peel and something to scrape the inside.
- Scrap the whitish mush off the inside of the banana peel
- You can apply it twice a day to your wart
- Remember to wash your hands afterward to prevent the spread of warts.
- Continue this process till the wart is gone.
4. Get Your Basil On
It is time to get your basil on if you have a wart. Remember, it has a whole lot of anti-viral components which will help the wart go away.
- Crush about a quarter cup of fresh and well-washed basil leaves
- Let it get crushed to a point it becomes mushy and juicy
- Apply it on the wart
- Cover it with a clean cloth or bandage
- Continue to reapply daily until the wart is gone
5. Use Vitamin C
It is being said that the virus that causes wart can be destroyed when vitamin C is applied directly to it. Using lemon juice will not only bring the power of vitamin C but it has an acid content that is capable of killing off the virus
- Crush 1 tablet of Vitamin C
- Add water or lemon juice so as to make it a paste
- Cover with a bandage and apply it on daily basis
6. Dandy Lions
Do you know that those dandy lions popping up at the back of your yard could be useful in getting rid of your wart? Don’t dispose of them just yet, the milk found on it is useful in getting rid of warts.
- Pull the head off a dandelion
- Then rub the milk that comes out on the wart
- Cover it with a bandage
- You can keep doing this twice a day until the wart is all gone.
7. Use a Potato
One of the most home remedies for getting rid of warts you will likely hear is rubbing a potato on it. Yes, there may not have been any serious scientific backing to this theory but people have found success doing it. You may just have to give it a shot, it is worth the try.
- First, peel a potato and cut off a round slice
- Rub the slice you have cut off about 3 times a day.
- You can also lay it over the wart for as long as you have the time
- You can also bandage the potato to the toe leaving it until the wart is no more. What you can do is to change the bandage on a daily basis.
8. Use Honey on it
One of the best Honey to use is the organic Manuka honey. This is because it is one of the most potent types of honey due to its sheer concentration of antiviral and antibacterial properties. It can withstand some temperature fluctuation without losing any of its benefits but you must verify you are getting the true Manuka honey before purchasing it.
- Expose the wart by filing it if you can
- Cover it with a thick layer of honey
- Wrap a piece of cloth around it
- Leave it that way for about 24 hours
- Change the bandage and reapply honey daily until the wart disappears.
9. Soak in Pineapple Juice
One good thing about pineapple juice is that it has a high level of acidity. Apart from that, pineapple also boasts of a special enzyme which can dissolve and eat away the Wart. In fact, it softens the Wart.
- Soak wart in pineapple juice for a period of 3 to 5 minutes
- Now pat the area completely dry
- You can leave out filing before the steps above if it will become too sensitive.
10. Stick a Needle in it
Make no mistake, warts are very tricky. They normally last long on your body because of a barrier that keeps the virus safe and undetected by a person’s immune system. If this is the case, then it makes sense to alert your body to an unwanted guest. You can do this by poking it with a sterile needle and your body will become aware of the danger and attack it.
- Ice the wart until the area in question gets numb and good.
- Then hold sharp needle over a flame and get it sterilized.
- Poke the needle into the wart
- Poke the wart all over
- Afterward, discard the needle properly and wash off your hands properly too.
- This will alert the body and your immune system attack the virus that is causing the Wart.
11. Tea Tree Oil
This oil possesses a potent antibacterial property with powerful germ fighting capabilities capable of treating skin problems.
- First, apply directly to the wart
- Then use the bandage to cover it
- You can repeat this process several times until the wart is gone
12. Apply Some Aloe Vera on it
To use this, it is best to get it fresh from the plant. It is known to be very potent in getting rid of warts off the body. It is known to contain malic acid which is capable of burning off the affected tissue. It is also a simple process.
- Break off a leaf and ensure you properly rub the gel on the wart
- You can keep doing it over and over until the wart is gone
13. Use Garlic on it
Garlic is also another important way of getting rid of warts on the body. Like aloe Vera, it contains some ingredients that are capable of burning off the affected tissue.
- Mix some fresh garlic with water
- Then, apply the paste formed appropriately to the wart
- Use a bandage to secure it
- Re-apply every few hours
- Continue the process until the wart is gone
14. Castor Oil
Castor oil has the capability of curing various skin disorders which include warts. This is because it has ricinoleic acid having antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. You can make the best use of castor oil on flat warts on the back of the hands and also the face.
- Soak the affected area and cover with oil
- When going to bed, soak cotton ball with castor oil and tape over the wart
- Then clean and soak wart with warm water in the morning
- Use pumice stone to rub off dead skin
- Continue this remedy for some days and watch it gradually fall off.
15. Baking Soda
Baking soda is known to have a strong antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties which are capable of combating the viruses that cause warts.
- Make a thick paste by mixing baking soda with one teaspoon of white vinegar
- Apply the paste on your wart twice a day probably once in the morning and once in the night
- You can also mix baking soda with castor oil to form a paste, then apply it to the wart
- Then cover the area with a bandage
- Leave it over the night and get rid of the bandage in the morning
- Repeat this process for as long as it takes the wart to clear off
16. Soak in Hot Water
The essence of soaking in hot water is to soften them and help them in healing quickly. However, note that hot water does not necessarily imply it is boiling water. The water should be slightly hot. Hot water soak will help in fighting the virus and preventing infections. While there is nothing wrong in using plain hot water, for more effective treatment, you can add Epsom salt or white vinegar to it.
- Use Pumice stone or emery board to slough the affected skin area
- Do not use too hot water to prevent burning your skin in the process
17. Use Baking Powder
You can also get rid of warts using baking powder. You can do this with the aid of castor oil.
- Mix castor oil and baking powder to form a paste
- Apply the paste to wart at night
- Cover with a bandage
- Repeat process until the wart is gone.
18. Bee Propolis
This may not be a popular remedy but it is important to note that some people have made progress using this method.
- Apply Propolis directly to the wart several times in a day
- Apply it at night while covering it until morning
- Repeat the remedy several times until the wart is cleared.
Tips and Precautions
The following tips and precautions will help you get good results
- Remember that this is not an instant cure and as such patience and due diligence should be observed. Note that because something is not instantaneous does not in any way make it less effective.
- It is important to always wash your hands after touching your wart in order to prevent it from spreading to other parts of your body
- When it is possible, make use of a pumice stone and slough off the outer layer of the Wart. The implication of this is that it allows whatever remedy you choose to use access the core easier, making it easier for treatment.
- One good way to help prevent wart in the first place is a good immune system. This means it is important to stay healthy always; it is the best way to prevent warts.
- It is important to keep the wart dry. Note that warts always love to multiply in moist areas.
- Avoid scratching existing warts; it could lead to a spread.
- Always ensure you use Manuka honey instead of the normal honey.