Skin warts are common, and there are many treatments. If home remedies for warts don’t work, you can try over-the-counter wart removers. If your warts still don’t disappear, you can turn to treatment by a doctor, who can freeze or cut off the wart.Pharmacies sell numerous wart and verruca cures including liquid nitrogen spray and liquid and plasters containing salicylic acid, which has a peeling effect. (All wart treatments can be harsh, so follow label directions to the letter). But pharmaceutical approaches are only the tip of the iceberg.
These most often occur on the hands, and are rough, dome-shaped, and gray-brown.
Plantar warts: These grow on the soles of the feet and are hard and thick with dark specks. They can be painful when you walk.
Flat warts: These can grow on the face, arms, and legs. They’re small, have flat tops, and may be light yellow, brown, or pink.
Filiform warts: These can grow on the face, usually around the mouth, nose, or chin. They are the same color as the skin, but they have thread-like growths sticking out of them.
Periungual warts: These occur under and around the fingernails and toenails.
Call the Doctor
If you have a skin lesion and you are not sure whether or not it is a wart, call your family doctor. You want to rule out skin cancer and remember don’t use your wart remedies on a corn, callus or mole. If you or your partner has genital warts, use condoms and make sure have regular cervical smears.
• Cover the wart with a small piece of duct tape. According to a recent study, duct tape works even better against warts than cryotherapy (using liquid nitrogen to freeze them off). Cut a piece that will just cover the wart. Stick it on and leave it there for six days. When you take the tape off, soak the area in water for a few minutes then use an emery board or pumice stone of file down the dead, thick skin. Leave the wart uncovered overnight and apply a new patch in the morning. Repeat the procedure until you’re wart free. It seems that the mild skin irritation the duct tape causes spurs your immune system to fight off the wart virus once and for all.
• Apply freshly crushed garlic directly to the wart and cover with a bandage. The caustic effect of the garlic will cause the wart to blister and fall off in as little as a week. Apply new garlic every day, avoiding contact with healthy surroundings skin. (Protecting the area around the wart with petroleum jelly can help). For an added effect some herbalists suggest eating raw garlic or taking 3 garlic capsules a day to help the immune system fight the virus.
• Apply a compress or cotton ball soaked in vinegar and tape it down on the wart with an elastic sticking plaster for at least 1 or 2 hours a day.
• Certain enzymes found in dandelions help in getting rid of warts and prevent them from recurring in future. But it is important to choose the dandelions which are turning yellow and apply the milk of the flower on the warts.
Break the stem of a dandelion and squeeze out some of the liquid from the stem and apply it directly on the wart. Wrap it up with a clean bandage. Repeat this method 2 times a day daily till the wart is removed completely.
• Vitamin C is highly acidic in nature and hence can help wear the wart away and also fight the virus itself.
Crush two or three vitamin C tablets in a bowl and add a little water and mix it to form a paste.Now rub this paste on your warts and cover the area with a bandage. Initially it will cause some burning sensation, but slowly it goes away.
• If you can peel a little piece of bark from a birch tree, dampen it with water and tape it over your wart with the inner side of the bark facing your skin. The bark contains salicylates which are also found in many over the counter wart treatments.
• Tape a piece of banana skin, inner side down over a verruca every night before you go to bed. The skin contains a chemical that slowly dissolves the wart. Do the same with a piece of lemon peel. An oil in the peel seems to discourage warts.
• Papaya contains an enzyme that digests dead tissue. Make shallow cuts on the surface of an unripe papaya, collect the sap that runs out and let it coagulate. Mix the thickened sap with water then apply morning and night.
• Raw potato is a good natural wart removal solution. It is an age-old folk remedy that has been used by people for centuries, and it shows prompt results, so is worth a try. Peel a potato and cut off a round slice from it. Rub the potato slice on the wart for 5 minutes. Repeat this remedy 3 times a day till the wart is gone.
• Crush a fresh basil leaf and tape it over your wart with waterproof adhesive tape. Basil leaves contain virus killing compounds. Replace with fresh basil daily for up to a week.
• Aloe vera Fresh from the actual plant is best. Break off a leaf and rub the gel onto the wart. Aloe contains malic acid. If you don’t have the plant, get the purest form of aloe you can find. Cover after each application. Repeat once a day. Some people report success with this remedy, perhaps because of the malic acid in aloe vera gel.
• You should Wear sandals or flip flops around swimming pools and in changing rooms. Wart viruses tend to thrive in warm, moist environments.
• Don’t scratch or pick at warts. You can transfer the virus when you scratch other areas of skin.
• After a shower or bath dry a wart on your hand thoroughly after washing so as to reduce the chance of the virus spreading to someone else. If the warts is wet it seems to be more contagious.
SHOULD TO KNOW
If you have a wart, it means a virus known human papilloma virus (HPV) has invaded a tiny cut in the skin. HPV is really an umbrella term for many strains of a virus that can show up all over the body.Generally the wart appears as a pale skin growth with a rough surface. Verrucas or plantar warts which grow on the soles of the feet which can be so painful during walking and difficult to walk. Genital warts are very contagious and can increase the risk of cervical cancer.