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Regardless of magnitude, skin conditions shouldn’t be taken lightly and the fact that you can simply hide them under your clothes, is no reason to postpone action. Some issues are more severe than others and even though warts are merely a nuisance, it is your job to get rid of these growths. Warts can appear virtually anywhere on the body and they are frequently the result of the human papillomavirus infection, but there are other causes the generate it. Understanding the reasons for why this skin condition appears is only the first step but the very important one. It is easy to mistaken them for moles, even though a specialist will immediately distinguish between these two conditions as most are darker and significantly larger.
What causes warts?
Treatment frequently begins with understanding the causes, as these are the ones that need to be dealt with first and foremost. The vast majority of those who suffer of warts see that something has changed in their skin texture, as it has a grainy look. When rubbed against, they tend to cause pain and this is the time that most of those who suffer from warts decide that we should do something about them.
As stated above, they can emerge in any area and are particularly troublesome when they affect the pubic area and the zone between the thighs. Genital warts are not as painful as plantar warts but they spread easily through sexual contact and that’s what makes them so dangerous. The main cause for warts is the human papillomavirus and once they affect a healthy individual, those who get in contact with him or her are also in danger of getting infected.
Some of the Most Common Cases Involve the Following:
- Common Warts – Usually found on the hands, common warts can grow anywhere. Common warts are typically painless until they are repeatedly rubbed against. With a rough, grainy appearance and a rounded top, the warts are usually grayer than the surrounding skin.
- Flat Warts – Found on the face and forehead, flat warts most commonly affect children and are rarely seen on adults. Oftentimes, the warts are overlooked. They can be pink, brownish, or a slightly yellow color.
- Genital Warts – Forming in the pubic area and between the thighs, these warts strike the genital region, as well as can appear inside the vagina and anal canal. Genital warts spread through sexual contact.
- Plantar Warts – These rather painful warts grow on the soles of the feet and can make it difficult to walk or run. They often look like a small hole on the bottom of your foot that is surrounded by hardened skin. These warts are known to itch.
- Subungual and Periungual Warts – Warts can also develop under and around the fingernails or toenails. They can be painful and affect the growth of the nails.
Natural remedies for treating warts
Being diagnosed with a medical condition is usually regarded as terrible news, but even though warts are not to be trifled with, they can be addressed using only natural remedies. As soon as the symptoms emerge, you can identify the causes and start addressing them one at the time, without spending a lot of money on expensive drugs that might cause side effects.
1Apple cider vinegar and Petroleum Jelly
Apple cider vinegar has its proven properties in fighting viral and bacterial infections, which makes it a must-have product when trying to address the problems caused by warts. Plantar warts are both painful and difficult to get rid of, but if you combine apple cider vinegar with petroleum jelly, the active substance will be absorbed straight into the skin. Start by soaking your affected foot in a basin filled with warm water. Leave foot in for five minutes. Empty the water, and then fill the basin with lukewarm apple cider vinegar – only pour enough to cover the planter wart. Soak the wart in the vinegar for 15 minutes.
After the soak, gently pat dry and apply petroleum jelly on the skin that surrounds the warts (not directly on the warts). Use a nail file to gently rub back and forth across the wart area. Do this for no more than 30 seconds, as you don’t want to break open the growth. Your goal is to roughen the surface of the wart so that an application of vinegar will absorb deeply into the affected skin.
Next, soak a sterile cotton ball with a small amount of apple cider vinegar and press against the wart. Use a band aid or duct tape to secure the cotton ball. Let the cotton ball sit for the whole day or overnight. Initially, you might be intrigued by the stinging sensation, but this is natural and if you manage to keep a cotton balls soaked in this powerful mixture on the affected area for a couple of days, the warts will be swiftly dealt with. Do this trick once in the morning and once in the evening time. Once the warts start to darken, the skin will eventually fall off on its own.
There are so many viral and bacterial infections that garlic is good for, that it comes as no surprise that it can also help those suffering from warts. Its acidic effect explains why it is recommended to crush garlic and apply directly on the affected area and cover with petroleum jelly beneath a bandage to keep it in place and protected. Make sure to reapply garlic on the warts for several days in a row, until the infection is defeated. Eating garlic will also help the immune system fight the virus.
3Garlic and vitamin E Poultice
By now, you’re probably convinced that garlic has a beneficial effect on warts so it would make perfect sense that it will achieve even better results in conjunction with vitamin E. Vitamins in general are great at fighting infections of all sorts and in combination with garlic, a blister will form and speed up the healing of warts. A regular vitamin E oil capsule should do the trick, so simply puncture/open one and mix it together with some crushed garlic before applying it on the warts and cover it with band-aid overnight.
If you’re a big fan of lemon and use it to enhance the flavor of your drinks, keep in mind that lemon juice also works wonders when applied directly on the affected zone. It takes a couple of days to heal the skin up, but eventually the lemon juice will do the trick.
5Lemon and Apple Cider Vinegar
Another way of using lemon is by combining it with apple cider vinegar and a pinch of salt. Just rub the mixture on the warts to speed up the healing.
The easiest way to use onions is by slicing them and rubbing a slice against the warts, to stimulate circulation and push the healing process into overdrive.
This is not a home remedy per se, because the cotton ball is merely an instrument used for applying apple cider vinegar, lemon juice and pretty much any other liquid. Inexpensive and abundant, cotton balls will make it easy to apply the powerful concoction on the warts, just make sure you change it each day.
A potato per day will keep warts away and it is supposed to be used in the same way as onions, by rubbing slices against the warts to dry them up.
Left on the ground, a banana peel could cause you to slip and injure yourself, but by rubbing the same peel on the warts will force it to recede.
There are few things that the miraculous algae are not good at, but fortunately these growths are not one of them as they have a two-pronged effect. They ease the pain and minimize discomfort while helping with the healing of the skin when applied topically.
11Vitamin A in capsule
Widely regarded as an excellent agent for healing skin, vitamin A is also an effective remedy for dealing with warts and once again the contents of a regular capsule is more than enough for one application. Follow this treatment once a day until the wart starts to fade.
Whether you apply it with a cotton ball or crush a few vitamin C tablets and let them dissolve in water t make a paste before applying a bandage over the warts, the effect is the same. Just make sure you minimize contact with skin as it can cause mild irritation on healthy areas.
It makes perfect sense to avoid spilling nail polish on your skin, but as a homemade remedy for warts, it works like a charm. Prevent the spread of the virus by using nail polish to cover up the offending growth. In one week, you should notice a great change in the wart.
What is good for the goose should be good for the gander, so why wouldn’t acne medication work against a wart? If you are already following such a treatment and have specific medicine in your house (like Clearasil or Oxy), rub the product on the affected area regularly for a couple of weeks to ease the symptoms and speed up healing. For better results, soak the affected skin to soften the wart. Filing dead skin will help speed up the healing process too.
15Foods rich in Proteolytic Enzymes
Fruits in general are good for your skin but if you want to address a particular issues such as a wart, then you should be focusing on bananas, figs, pineapples and papayas. They contain proteolytic enzymes which are known to have the uncanny ability of dissolving warts. Rub any of these fruit peels regularly on the affected area to dissolve the warts.
The unassuming first-aid tape can also work wonders in warts treatment and its application is pretty much all it takes to be cured. Arm yourself with patience though, as it takes a total of three weeks before definitive results will pleasantly surprise you. Put the tape (any type of medical or first-aid tape) on a wart and keep in place for the entire day for at least three weeks. Don’t forget to replace the tape on a daily basis.
Band-Aid alone won’t free you of the burden caused by warts, but if you use it to apply castor oil on the damaged skin, the healing process will be visible and accelerated. Soak a piece of gauze with warmed castor oil, and rub across warts for 30 minutes. Repeat two more times throughout the day. You can also use a Band-Aid to keep the gauze in place for a longer period of time. Make sure to change the gauze twice per day.
Grapefruits are rich in vitamin C, which is a great natural remedy against warts, so by applying grapefruit juice on the affected area you will achieve the same effects. Apply a drop of fresh grapefruit juice to a wart, and cover with a Band-Aid. Do this 2 to 4x a day.
Tempting as it might be, you should refrain from eating all the honey you have in your house, especially if you suffer from warts. By applying it directly on the skin instead of ingesting it, you will use its antibacterial properties to crush the infection and restore your skin. Dab some honey on the warts first thing in the morning, and repeat again in the nighttime. Follow this process until the growth vanishes.
If you happen to see a Dandelion in your backyard, try to extract the sap and use it as a home remedy against warts by rubbing it directly.
A word of clarification before you go on.
There is no 100% guarantee that these home remedies will work well on your skin. We all have different skin types and different degree of sensitiveness. Like myself, some of these don’t really work for me, while some cause minor irritation but none actually cause anything severe. So, be careful when you try these out. If you feel any (even the slightest) discomfort, STOP IMMEDIATELY! Seek medical attention if needed. But these should be quite safe. Nonetheless, it doesn’t hurt to be extra careful!