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Using Home Remedies to Get Rid of Embarrassing and Ugly Warts!
It probably won’t surprise you to learn that acne is the number one reason people visit their dermatologist. Can you guess what the number two reason is? If you guessed warts, congratulations…you win! Joking aside, warts are no laughing matter. Not only are they ugly, they can be extremely embarrassing as well. So what exactly is a wart? Well, in a nutshell, a wart is a benign skin tumor. They can occur singly (meaning you only have one) or in packs. There are many different types of warts and unfortunately, they can grow/appear on pretty much any part of the body.
When it comes to treating warts, most people visit their doctor. A doctor may use any number of treatment methods in order to remove a wart including (but not limited to) freezing, scraping, cutting, injecting or even laser treatments (they all sound fun, don’t they!). Of course, prescribing a topical medication is also an option.
For those of you who wish to try a home remedy before heading to the doctor, you have come to the right place. Below are several things you can do at home that have been known to work when it comes to getting rid of ugly warts.
Rain! Rain! Go Away!
Warts LOVE moisture…they THRIVE on it. Don’t give your wart what it wants…keep it dry at all times. If you have a wart on your foot (such as a plantar wart) it is imperative that you change your socks at least three or four times per day. It would also be wise to purchase a medicated foot powder (your local drug store or Walmart should carry several options).
Don’t Bother Your Wart!
If you don’t leave your wart alone…you are going to time-out! Seriously, let your wart be. Over time, approximately 40 to 50 percent of all warts go away on their own. If you pick at your wart you risk infection. If an infection sets in, not only will it take longer for your wart to disappear you will probably end up going to the doctor. BE PATIENT and keep an eye on your wart. If it doesn’t go away or if new warts begin to grow…off to the doctor you go.
Salic….WHAT? Salicylic Acid!! Most over-the-counter wart ointments contain salicylic acid. This ingredient is believed to fight warts by softening and eventually dissolving them. Many over-the-counter products contain salicylic acid and there are several forms to choose from (liquid, gel, pad, ointment). It is important to note that if you have poor/impaired circulation or diabetes…you should CONSULT WITH YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE using a product that contains salicylic acid. It is also important to note that you should always read and follow the directions on any/all products that contain this ingredient before using.
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Calling All Oranges!
Now this is a long shot…but I think it is worth a try. Although there is no “formal” research to back up this claim, the use of vitamin c has actually been known to kill the virus that causes warts to grow in the first place. Now you don’t swallow a vitamin c pill….the treatment doesn’t work that way. You simply CRUSH a vitamin c pill and add a drop of water (this will turn the crushed pill into a paste). Next, gently apply the paste to the wart only (not the surrounding skin) and cover with a bandage. Vitamin c can irritate the skin…hence the reason I say to apply it to the surface of the wart ONLY. Due this every evening before you go to bed.
To The Doctor You Go!
First and foremost, if you aren’t exactly sure what is growing on your skin, by all means, go to the doctor! Though you may think you are dealing with a wart…if you aren’t 100% sure, make an appointment so you can get a professional opinion. Corns, moles and even cancerous lesions have all, at one time or another, been mistaken as warts. So what do most warts look like? Good question. They are generally pale skin colored growths. Most people believe that warts have “roots”…but they DO NOT (see picture number one to see a wart). When it comes to your health, remember, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Always err on the side of caution.
So that’s it for now! I hope you have found this HUB Page about home remedies for warts helpful. Remember, though warts are ugly, they can easily be treated. Take care, and if you have some spare time, please read some of my other HUB Pages! Thank you!