Natural Remedies for Warts
It is not uncommon to get warts most of the time this is nothing to worry about.
Warts will likely affect most of us at some point in our lives, and although they usually disappear on their own without medical intervention, they can sometimes take months or years to go completely.
Warts are small lumps that form on the skin. They can form anywhere, although they appear most commonly on your palms, knuckles, knees and fingers. The feel firm and rough, and although a lot of them are round, some can be flat or yellow, and it is common to have a cluster of warts, although these are more common on feet and hands.
Warts shouldn’t cause you any harm, and although there are some natural ways to help deal with them, they should not require any intervention. That said, some people can find them itchy, painful, or even embarrassing. You should make an appointment to see your doctor though if you are at all worried about your wart, if it keeps coming back or if it is very large. Also, if your wart bleeds at any stage, or changes in its appearance it could require further investigation. Warts that appear on your face or genitals will need to be looked at by a doctor.
There are some natural remedies you can try to help treat your warts at home.
Let your immune system do its job:
Like we have previously said; most warts will go away by themselves, and if you are otherwise fit and well, there is no need to intervene at all. Help to keep your immune system strong and able to fight the warts, by eating plenty of fresh fruit and veg, and getting regular exercise. You will be surprised how much simply living a healthy lifestyle can help you fight off health complaints.
If the wart is bothering you, or you are feeling self conscious about it, opt for one of the other natural methods; however, most of the time, the wart will simply heal by itself.
Use essential oils:
Some essential oils are really effective at treating warts, in particular tea tree oil, which has both antimicrobial and exfoliating properties.
Studies have shown that warts which have been treated with tea tree oil actually reduce in size after just twelve days; however, it should be noted that this was only a small study, and more research is needed in order to back up these findings.
Apple cider vinegar:
Apple cider vinegar is such a popular natural remedy, and it is used to treat so many different health complaints, so it is no wonder that it is also used for the treatment of warts as well.
To use apple cider vinegar effectively, you should soak a cotton ball in the vinegar, before applying it directly to the wart every night before you go to bed. Keep the cotton pad in place by applying a bandage over it whilst you sleep.
Do note though, that whilst it is safe to use on the skin, it can cause some pain and discomfort due to the fact that it is acidic. For this reason, do not use undiluted apple cider vinegar onto any warts that are on the face.
Try other plant and herbal solutions:
A number of different plants and herbs are used in the treatment of warts, so find one that is effective, and try using that. Common ones include echinacea, which can help to reduce the size of warts. This can be taken as a supplement, or in tea form. E. walachii, consuming the juice of this herb is thought to help treat warts and skin infections. Ficus carica, using the latex from this tree can help to reduce the occurrence of warts. Also, Garlic ointment, it is believed that this will help to reduce the occurrence of warts once again.
It should be noted that there has been no major studies on the effectiveness of these products, so it is important that you speak with your doctor before you start taking any new supplements.
It is not known why placing duct tape onto a wart will help to reduce it, but it really does work. It is believed that it can help to protect the wart from friction, as well as providing some exfoliation when the tape is removed.
Although this is recommended as an effective way of treating warts, very little research actually surrounds this area; however, the small studies that have been carried out, have found to reduce the severity and recurrence of the warts, compared to those who use traditional and medicinal wart treatments.
Clear nail varnish:
This might seem really odd to apply nail varnish directly to the skin, but applying a clear nail varnish directly to the wart is thought to deprive the skin of oxygen, which will then cause the skin cells to die and the wart to disappear.
This is not a recommended treatment from the doctor, however, it is though that it can help to create a protective barrier between the wart and the environment.
Salicylic acid is commonly found in more traditional wart removers, that you can purchase in pharmacy’s, and is a really effective way at removing warts. This is because the ingredients in the product actually encourages the gentle exfoliations of the skin over the wart.
To ensure that this treatment is effective, the product must be applied daily, after taking a bath, or soaking the skin for five minutes prior to application. This can also be used alongside other natural treatments mentioned above as well.
Please note though that the gels that contain this main ingredient, which are used to treat bad skin, is a much lower percentage than those used to treat warts, so it is so important that you do not put this on the face at all, as it could cause an irritation.