Are you ashamed of unsightly warts? Well, don’t let them get you down too much. Warts are common, especially among children – it is estimated that about one in five children get them. Caused by an infection with human papillomavirus (HPV), these elevated pieces of skin usually appear on the hands, knees, feet or face. The type of warts you have (flat, plantar, mosaic, common or genital) depends on the size, shape and location where they occur. Warts can itch or hurt, especially when they develop on the soles of the feet. Warts are not easily transmitted from person to person, they can be transmitted through direct contact with infected skin or contaminated surfaces such as towels or socks.
“However, they can spread through your own body, so scratching yourself can cause it to spread to another part of the body”.
Conventional treatments for warts include the application of creams containing salicylic or lactic acid, the use of immune system stimulants such as imiquimod , cryotherapy (when warts freeze with liquid nitrogen) and laser therapy (when used a laser to burn the wart). A vaccine called Gardasil It is also available for adolescent girls to protect against HPV strains that cause genital warts and cervical cancer.
But creams do not always work and treatments such as cryotherapy can be painful and cause scarring. Therefore, you may want to try some home remedies to get rid of that wart, as long as there is no infection, bleeding or pain. It is also a good idea to see your doctor if you have diabetes or a weakened immune system and have developed a wart. And keep in mind that genital warts, which are sexually transmitted, require medical attention and should not be treated at home.
1. The Adhesive Tape Method:
Everyone has duct tape out there, right? First, apply a piece of duct tape over the wart and leave it there for six days. Then, remove the tape, soak the wart in water and use a pumice stone to remove rough skin. Reapply the tape the next morning and continue this process until the wart disappears (or for a maximum of two months). One study determined that the adhesive tape method was more effective (85% completely resolved) than cryotherapy (60% completely resolved). Although we do not know exactly how the adhesive tape method works, some believe it stimulates the immune system through local irritation.
2. Bee Tail / Propolis:
This resin created by bees is used as a sealant in the construction of hives. Bee’s tail protects hives against infections and has antibiotic, antifungal and antiviral properties. It has been discovered that it stimulates the thymus gland to stimulate the immune system. One study found that more than 73% of people who took propolis orally for three months were able to get rid of their warts. Propolis tincture can also be applied locally.
3. Essential Oils of Cypress and Lemon:
The antiviral properties of some essential oils have proven useful in the treatment of warts. Applying a drop of undiluted essential oil of cypress and lemon on the wart twice a day will help to shrink. Note: Because lemon oil is photosensitive, you should keep the wart away from the sun or you may develop a dark spot where the wart was.
4. Changeri Leaves:
Ayurveda recommends treating a wart by rubbing it with a paste of changeri leaves (Oxalis corniculata, Linn.). This is considered to work best for flat warts.
5. Pure Castor Oil:
Apply pure castor oil over the infected areas several times a day to prevent the virus from reproducing.
6. Epsom Salts and Apple Cider Vinegar:
Make a mixture of Epsom salts and apple cider vinegar (in a ratio of 1: 4) and clean it on the wart several times a day. The combination can calm the area and aid in healing. In addition, apple cider vinegar is known for its antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial properties, which could be the reason why it acts so effectively against warts.
7. Banana Peel:
According to a report published in the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery , sticking a piece of banana peel to the wart, with the inside of the peel in contact with the wart, can accelerate healing. It is worth a try – at least you will have a banana to eat!