How to Get Rid of a Wart Using Natural Remedies
Common warts are small skin growths that normally appear on the hands, fingers, and forearms, but they can also occur on the knees and other areas. Their appearance is characterized by tough skin that often has a cauliflower like appearance on top. They can be raised or flat, dry or moist, and are typically the same color or slightly darker than the surrounding skin. They can appear individually or may form in clusters.
Most common warts are harmless and are not painful, but may itch. If they become infected they can pose a more serious problem, but that rarely happens. Warts are caused by the HPV (human papilloma viruses) and can be contagious. Never share towels and washcloths with an infected person. Always wash hands after touching a wart should you get one to avoid spreading them.
A wholefood diet and exercise help to boost the immune system and are recommended to give the body what it needs to fight viral infection that causes warts to develop. Sulfur rich foods like garlic, onions, asparagus, and citrus fruits are especially useful for fighting warts.
- B complex vitamins which aid in normal cell replication.
- Vitamin C for its natural anti-viral properties
- Vitamin E applied topically and taken orally. Vitamin E improves circulation and promotes healing and tissue repair.
- Zinc increases immunity against viruses
- Astragalus boosts and protects the immune system and is a powerful virus fighter.
Clove, lemongrass, peppermint, frankincense, eucalyptus, lavender and tea tree essential oils are all effective against warts. Essential oils should always be blended with a carrier oil and never applied directly to the skin. Apply a blend with one or more types of essential oil to the wart and cover with a bandage.
- Crush a clove of garlic and apply it directly to the wart. Cover it with a bandage and leave it in place for 24 hours. This should cause blisters to form and the wart will fall off within a week. Avoid placing the garlic on the surrounding skin to avoid irritation.
- Apply a piece of duct tape or other adhesive tape (called duct tape occlusion therapy) over the wart for 6 & ½ days. At that point, remove the tape for 12 hours, use a pumice stone or emery board to gently file down the wart and reapply a new piece of duct tape. Continue this cycle for up to 2 months. Some studies have shown great results with this technique and others have been inconclusive.
- Make a paste with castor oil and baking soda. Apply to the wart at night and wrap in a bandage. This technique can remove a wart in 4 – 6 weeks.
- Finely grate a carrot in a food processor and make a paste by blending it with olive or coconut oil. Apply to the wart for 30 minutes twice a day for a few weeks.
- Apply straight aloe from the plant to the wart 2-3 times daily and cover with a bandage to allow the aloe to soak in.
With common warts you can often simply opt to wait them out. They will typically disappear on their own within a year. If they are problematic or painful there are medical treatments like freezing and even some medications that can possibly help. For more serious warts, like genital warts, medical treatment is absolutely necessary.
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