What Do You Mean By Warts?
A wart is a small growth with a rough texture that can appear anywhere on the body which can look like a solid blister. Warts are harmless growth on the skin usually caused by human papillomavirus (HPV) infections. It is contagious and can go away on its own but it can take weeks, months, or years.
As many as 1 in 3 children and teenagers are estimated to have warts but only 3 to 5 % of adults because the immune system becomes better able to prevent their development over time. People with a weakened immune system are likely to have warts.
Conventional treatments include chemical peels, surgery, and laser surgery which can be expensive and cause skin irritation. So, another option is to try natural home remedies for warts.
Home Remedies For Warts
1) Apple Cider Vinegar
As any good home remedy user will know that the apple cider vinegar is the queen of home remedies. Apple cider vinegar is thought to work like salicylic acid as it is a common treatment that peels away infected skin. Vinegar also has natural antimicrobial properties that may help fight HPV.
To use the vinegar as a treatment for warts then soak a little cotton ball with vinegar and apply to the wart area. Wrap it in a place with medical tape and keep it on overnight whereas let it air out during the day time. The wart will discolor and die back so gently abrade and remove the dead wart tissue. Repeat as needed until the wart is gone and take a break if needed when the skin around the wart becomes uncomfortable.
Garlic has been used to heal skin conditions such as psoriasis, keloid scars, and corns. It’s also used for bacterial, fungal, and viral infections such as warts where the garlic extract got rid of warts within four weeks and it didn’t come back.
Allicin the main component of garlic has microbial effects which work by destroying enzymes in harmful pathogens. To treat warts with garlic, crush up 1 clove and mix it with water then apply to the wart and cover it with a bandage. Repeat this for 3 to 4 weeks. You can also use garlic juice or rub a clove on the wart.
3) Banana Peel
The potassium is banana peel is rumored to fight against HPV. It contains a proteolytic enzyme that helps in dissolving the wart. Eat your tasty banana and then scrape the whitish interior of the peel and apply in a manner similar to the apple cider vinegar.
This is also an effective home remedy for the treatment of warts. It is also suspected that fresh pulp from papaya, pineapple, and figs which are higher in enzyme also work well if you do not have a banana on hand.
Honey is another powerhouse of healing. Honey contains an enzyme that is naturally acidic and draws excess moisture out of the tissues. Honey is produced by bees feeding on tree plants which are well known for their medical properties. Since tree oil is another commonly suggested wart remedy.
Make sure that you are choosing real honey not an adulterated product. Apply honey to the wart area and bandage and use follow-up treatment in a similar manner.
Pineapple has bromelain, a mixture of enzymes that helps in the digestion of protein. It is believed that bromelain helps in removing warts by dissolving proteins in HPV. There is some data in order to support the potential effectiveness of bromelain in treating a few medical conditions where there are no specific studies to support its use to remove warts.
People have reported success removing warts using pineapple juice in many ways. One method is to soak the wart in pineapple juice every day whereas the next is to apply fresh pineapple daily.
6) Aloe vera
Most people know aloe vera is great for burns and used as herbal antibiotics where some people also swear but it is a pain-free way to remove warts. Aloe vera gels can also fight against pathogens including viruses. It has found that it works against herpes simplex virus type 1, but no studies exist on the specific benefits for HPV.
To use aloe, remove a leaf from an aloe vera plant and apply the gel on the wart and repeat it daily.