Warts aren’t the end of the world but they certainly are annoying to the limit. If you have a wart, it means the human papillomavirus (HPV) has invaded a tiny cut in your skin. A wart can occur singly or in clusters, depending on their type. Generally, a wart is a pale skin growth with a rough surface. It happens mostly in children and young adults, and can be found anywhere on the body. However, hands, feet, knees, and elbows are most affected by them.
Warts are highly contagious and transmitted through direct contact with other people with warts, or with things those warty folks have touched. So, the popular old wives’ tale about kissing a toad causing a wart is a myth- however, it is technically possible-if someone rubs their wart on a toad before you kiss it. That doesn’t happen very often, though.
Fortunately, there are various home remedies that can aid in removing the warts effectively. They are listed here:
What is it that a duct tape can’t fix, even a wart! Even doctors recommend duct tapes as natural wart removal remedy- Duct Tape occlusion Therapy. The remedy involves placing a piece of duct tape over the wart for several days or weeks. If the tape falls off, replace it with a fresh piece of duct tape. Some of the wart may come off with the tape, but the dead cells can be removed with a pumice stone or Emory board if necessary.
Peel a fresh garlic clove and slice into two halves. Rub the garlic on the wart, covering the wart completely while taking care not to place the garlic on surrounding skin, as that will make the skin fall off instead of the wart itself. Place a large bandage over the wart. Cover the area that was rubbed completely. Leave the bandage on overnight, being careful not to pick at the bandage or wart. When used properly, the wart should "fall off" within 2-6 weeks. If you constantly mess with the bandage, the process will take longer.
Sounds unusual? Well, a lot of people swear by it. Rub the affected area with a banana peel daily. You can even apply a piece of banana peel directly to the wart and hold in place with an adhesive bandage of piece of sturdy tape, like duct tape. It may take several weeks to see any progress, so be patient.
When you want to get rid of your warts, most convenient remedies come from your kitchen cupboard- one of them is apple cider vinegar. Soak a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar and apply to the wart duct tape or medical tape. Leave on overnight. This remedy may cause some irritation on the skin because apple cider vinegar is acidic in nature.
If the discomfort is too irritating, apply the remedy on alternate nights instead of every night.. The results can be seen after the first week.
It is not just used to fix hair fall, but to remove warts too. Rub castor oil on the warts every day for several months.
Only a few things are more natural than potatoes. Rub freshly cut raw white potatoes on the warts several times a day. Repeat for a couple of days and poof, your wart will be gone!
Aloe vera is succulent plant with numerous health benefits. It strengthens the immune system when eaten raw, and can make your warts disappear when directly applied to the affected area. Applying a topical cream containing aloe may be used as a substitute if you don't have access to any live aloe vera.
Warts don’t usually need any high-tech or complex treatments. Most remedies for warts are tucked in the back of your kitchen cabinet. But they require time and patience.
If you want a quick fix for your wart problem, a home remedy probably isn't for you. Ask your doctor about faster professional treatment for your warts.
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