Warts are unsightly growths which appear on the skin. They are associated with witches and toads and are equally undesirable to the person with warts and the person who has to look at them. Therefore, it is only natural that several home remedies emerged for the treatment of warts.
Before going in for any treatment for warts, certain considerations should be taken. Firstly, make sure that it is technically, a wart. There are three kinds of warts, common, flat and plantar. They are found in regions of broken skin.
Natural Home Remedies for Treating Warts
- Baking Powder: Baking powder is mixed with castor oil and the paste is applied to the wart at night which is then covered with a bandage. The bandage must be removed the next night. Continue the process daily until the wart falls off.
- Healthy Diet: A healthy diet with food that strengthens the immune system such as sweet potatoes, garlic, rice, sunflower seeds and whole grain breads will prove beneficial to warts.
- Baking Soda: Dissolve a teaspoon of baking soda in water and wash the wart with the solution. Allow the solution to dry naturally. Repeat the process and after some time the wart will disappear.
- Garlic and Onions: Crushed garlic or onions can be applied to the wart for a few days up to a month, twice a day. This is believed to reduce warts and make them eventually disappear.
- Heat: Application of heat can aid in making a wart disappear. If plantar warts are soaked in very hot water, the wart softens and eventually the virus gets killed. Water should however be only as hot as can be tolerated.
- Vitamin C: A vitamin C tablet is crushed into a paste with water and applied to the wart. The mild acidic action of the vitamin C irritates the wart and eventually dissolves it.
- Vitamin E and A: A vitamin E or A capsule is broken and the oil is rubbed on the wart. It is then covered with an adhesive bandage. This process is repeated three times a day but the bandage should be removed at night.
- Castor Oil: Castor oil contains acid which is thought to irritate the wart and eventually make it disappear. This remedy is best used for flat warts on the back of the hands and the face. Castor oil is applied twice a day with a cotton swab.
- Aloe Vera: An aloe vera leaf is broken and the gel is applied to the wart with a cotton ball. The wart is then covered with a bandage and the process is repeated until the wart disappears.
Do's and Don'ts for Warts
- DON'T scratch warts.
- DON'T touch a person with a wart directly.
- DO wash your hands with hot water and soap in case of touching a wart directly.
- DON'T go barefoot in public places.
- DO use an electric razor while shaving around a wart. This will prevent infection which can be caused by razor blade cuts.
- DO keep a wart as dry as possible, as the presence of moisture helps warts to spread.
So, if you address the problem of warts in a sensible way, it is possible to treat them successfully without any adverse effect.