Wart removal: best natural remedies to try

One of the 100 human papilloma viruses (HPV) can cause unpleasant growth on the skin. Sometimes, it looks like a small blister, other times it resembles an unfriendly blow to the nail. These formations are called warts and can appear anywhere on the body, around the face, eyelids, fingers, nails, toes, knees and legs.

Warts have different classifications based on size and appearance. However, you should not really worry when these benign tumors appear because they also disappear without warning, mainly in a period of approximately 18 months. Warts are contagious and can spread to various parts of the body.

While over-the-counter medications (salicylic acid preparations and freezing kits) provide a solution for these unsightly tumors, there are also home remedies that can address the problem and even prevent the spread of warts to other parts of the body.

Consulting with a dermatologist may not be the best idea, since cuts, burns and surgical removals do not prevent the warts from growing back. Home remedies applied consistently are more effective in treating warts, according to some doctors.

Here are some natural remedies that you can try at home if you want to get rid of the warts on your body:

Apple cider vinegar

Dip the cotton in apple cider vinegar and place it on the wart. Apply a bandage to the region and leave it overnight. The next day, replace it with a new cotton. Repeat this for a week until the wart withers. It is known that this method prevents the wart from appearing again. It is important to keep in mind that no scientific study supports this claim. However, it is known that vinegar kills bacteria like salicylic acid.

Raw garlic

Allicin, an antibacterial chemical, is present in garlic. It is said that it removes the wart from the skin, but research has not yet proven this. To make this natural remedy, however, disinfect the area and dry it before placing a bandage or tape over it. Avoid contact with the rest of the skin, so that the virus does not spread. Repeat 3 to 4 times for a week and see a doctor if it does not go away.

Warts are more likely contracted from home, not public access points (STUDY)

A Dutch study finds that children are likely to get warts in homes and classrooms, rather than in public places. Health officials emphasize the change in prevention methods. Creative Commons

Banana

The inside of the banana peel has potassium, which can kill the HPV virus. Rotate the peel, gently rub the inside of the peel on the wart and repeat daily.

Pineapple

Bromelain, a key component of pineapple, is a mixture of several enzymes that can dissolve the HPV virus. Although there is no research to prove this yet, many still resort to this natural remedy because of anecdotal evidence. Similar to the previous methods, with the help of disinfected cotton, dip and soak the wart in pineapple juice for a few days.

Potato

Rub the side of the potato that was cut in half while cutting it until a juice appears and do it twice a day for a week. Studies do not support it, but it is believed that potato juice dehydrates the wart.

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