Warts are small, rough growths caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV). They occur most frequently on hands and feet, but can occur just about anywhere on the body. Warts can be very persistent, lasting sometimes for years, and are contagious.
Your doctor may suggest laser surgery, cryogenic removal (freezing the warts with liquid nitrogen), or even surgical curettage (scooping or scraping away the infected tissue). These procedures can be painful, leave scars, and don’t always work.
Here’s a list of some of the more common and effective natural wart remedies.
Aloe Vera – Apply the juice directly from the leaves of the plant to the wart.
Apple Cider Vinegar – Soak a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar and apply to the wart duct tape or medical tape. Leave on overnight. It may irritate the skin surrounding the wart. If it becomes too irritated, try applying the apple cider vinegar every other night. This natural remedy may take some time, but you should see results after the first week.
Banana Peel – Rub the affected area with a banana peel daily. You can even apply a piece of banana peel directly to the wart and hold in place with an adhesive bandage of piece of sturdy tape, like duct tape. It may take several weeks to see any progress.
Castor Oil – Rub castor oil on affected area every day for several months.
Garlic-is a potent disinfectant and a good defense for killing germs in the body. Garlic can be used topically for athlete’s foot, warts, skin infections and acne. Place a freshly mashed garlic clove in a piece of gauze. Rub it over the affected area. Garlic loses its antibacterial effect when it is cooked or aged for more than 24 hours.
Potato -Rub freshly cut raw white potatoes on the warts several times a day. You should see results in a couple of weeks.
Most home remedies for warts take time and patience as compared to medical approaches to wart removal.