7 Natural Remedies For Every Type Of Wart
Although warts can be considered unsightly and cause emotional upset to those who bear them, these skin growths are in fact totally harmless!
Warts are very common viral infections, caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), which take root on the surface layers of the skin and spread by skin-to-skin contact.
Whilst there is no current cure for HPV itself, most warts will simply go away over time. However, there are a number of treatments and remedies that can accelerate the process.
Some treatments, such as liquid nitrogen cryotherapy, can be aggressive and harmful to skin whilst failing to guarantee total eradication. Fortunately, there are many more natural remedies that are simple to use and kind to skin, some of which may surprise you…
Types Of Wart
Before delving into the natural remedies, let’s look at the types of warts you can get. There are over 150 known strains of warts, varying in appearance and location, but we can group them into five main types.
These warts are … wait for it … common. They grow mostly on the elbows, knees, and particularly the hands and around the nails. They appear as lumpy, cauliflower-like bumps which are rough to the touch. They are sometimes dotted with black spots, called ‘seed warts’.
Plantar warts are found on the feet, mostly on the soles. Because of this, they are thick and flat, due to the pressure of walking and standing. They often appear in clusters and are common amongst people who engage in barefoot activities, such as swimming at local pools.
Although tiny and smooth, these warts grow rapidly and in clusters — around 20 to 100 at a time. Seemingly random in their coverage, flat warts can often be found in areas exposed to light. They are also found in areas subject to shaving, such as the face and neck in men, and legs in women.
These warts are the most visually shocking, which is unfortunate as they usually grow on the face, around the eyes and lips. These long, narrow projections are thread-like and look like tiny brushes. They grow quickly and are fast to spread.
Around one-quarter of all strains of warts are found below the belt. They can grow around the penis and vulva, inside the vagina, cervix, and anus, and even within the mouth and throat if transmitted by skin contact. Although themselves benign, these warts can lead to the development of cancer, particularly cervical, so it is always a good idea to have them checked by a medical professional.
As all of these strains come from the same HPV family, they can all be treated using the same methods. Here are some of our top remedies for you to try at home.
1. Health and Exercise
Warts commonly arise when the immune system is compromised. Maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle is the best defense against HPV. This includes eating a healthy, balanced diet, getting plenty of sleep, and exercising regularly to maintain a strong, resilient immune system capable of warding off infections.
2. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar has an array of health benefits, but it can also be used as a topical treatment. Soak cotton wool in apple cider vinegar and apply it directly to the skin. But be careful! Whilst the high concentration of acid can kill some types of bacteria and viruses on contact, it can also irritate skin if left for too long. However, inflammation caused by this irritation can cause an immune response, spurring your body to fight the wart from within. A double whammy!
3. Aloe Vera
A beautiful succulent plant with numerous medicinal properties, aloe vera contains malic acid which may help remove warts. Simply cut a fresh leaf of aloe and open it up to reveal the cool, juicy gel inside and apply directly. Aloe based products are also great if fresh aloe is unavailable.
4. Tea Tree Oil
Tea Tree Oil has been used for centuries for its medicinal properties. It contains antibacterial, anti-fungal, antiviral and exfoliating properties that may help the treatment of warts. Pure, essential tea tree oil can be purchased in varying strengths, and weaker solutions may be applied directly to the skin up to two times a day.
5. Duct Tape
The American Academy of Dermatology adds wart treatment to duct tape’s long list of uses. Apply a small piece of tape to the wart and leave it for 3 to 6 days. Remove the tape and using an emery board, gently rub the surface of the wart to exfoliate the top layer. Leave the area to breathe for 10 or 12 hours before reapplying and repeating until the wart is gone.
6. Fresh Pineapple
This one may surprise you, but pineapple contains natural acid and enzymes that can break down the tough exterior of the wart and soften the skin. Apply directly and cover with a bandage to protect. Dispose of the pineapple after use. Do not use in a dessert that night.
7. Lavender Oil
This old home remedy is especially good for painful warts as it calms skin and soothes pain whilst fighting the virus. Apply to the affected area directly and cover with a bandage each morning and evening until the wart is gone. Continue to apply for a week after in order to avoid regrowth.
Warts can take a long time to disappear, but when combined with patience and perseverance, these natural methods allow you to avoid any painful treatments that may result in scar tissue and regrowth. You may have to try several treatments before finding the one that works best for you. Consider consulting with a healthcare professional for advice and recommendations.
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