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Verrucae and Warts - Rid yourself of this painful disfigurement with natural remedies.
This common problem has been noted for centuries and seemed almost a badge of honour among us kids at the baths.
A verrucae is really just a wart on the sole of the foot (plantar wart) and the name comes from the Latin. Any wart will disappear eventually as the body finally develops immunity but it can take some time and will cause considerable discomfort in the meantime. It is caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV) which penetrates the skin and causes the cells to multiply out of control resulting in a raised lump. To start with the body cannot deal with this virus so encases the lump which remains highly contagious. The constant pressure of walking causes the lump to harden more and drives the verrucae deeper into the skin and it becomes quite painful. Although not restricted to children they are most commonly transferred at swimming pools (despite the chlorine foot baths) and in school changing rooms. For adults, of course, it can be picked up in the same places, but also gyms, dance studios etc.
Verrucae are an indication that your immune system is weak so it is important to make sure your diet is well balanced and to take a good quality multivitamin with particular reference to vitamin E. With children the same applies but in addition make sure their drinks and sweets do not contain aspartame or ideally no artificial sweeteners at all (so this cuts out diet drinks).
An old fashioned and slightly wacky remedy is to use very ripe banana skin and tape it to the verrucae area. On investigation the ripe banana skin has been found to contain a powerful enzyme which attacks the virus in the verrucae. I guess a similar treatment could be used for warts elsewhere but you may have to be creative how you fix it or alternatively use it on an evening in front of the TV. I have heard of vinegar and duct tape used in the same way, but I wouldn’t recommend it as it is will be rather painful.
There is a remedy by the name of Causticum 6c which is a homeopathic product and will get rid of this problem. (In addition, as a possible bonus, it is also used to prevent bed wetting and bladder incontinence)
Essential oils can offer good results and initially put one drop of Ti-tree ( or Lemon) oil directly onto the Verrucae or Wart, cover with a dry plaster and repeat each day until the problem is destroyed. This may happen as quickly as a week, but sometimes with deep seated verrucae can take up to a month. When it has gone massage rose hip oil into the area to renew the skin and stop scarring. To the rose hip oil you could add a little lavender oil to speed the process.
If you are suffering from a large number of warts then your immune system is low and odourless garlic capsules will help. In addition to boost the immune system a lymphatic massage using Geranium, Juniper and Rosemary and a healing carrier oil such as either rose hip or argan oil.
There are surgical treatments but these while removing the wart/verrucae will not kill the virus and they may re-occur. Similarly cryogenic (freezing) or laser treatment is available but will be quite expensive.
There are proprietary medications that contain salicylic acid but this may take months and make the area quite sore.
One word of caution, be very careful that what you are seeing is in fact a wart, like moles, if it changes shape or bleeds seek medical advice first.
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© 2012 Peter Geekie