Warts are a common occurrence, especially in children. They are a result of viral infection within the layers of skin and tend to appear on the hands and feet. In many instances small warts tend to disappear on their own, succumbing to the bodies immune system. But in some instances, warts can hang around and continue to grow over time. If hooked or accidentally cut they can be painful or prone to spreading. Having some wart removal home remedies on hand can save on discomfort and unnecessary doctors visits.
Wart Removal Home Remedies
There are several wart removal home remedies that are said to be successful. As always, when it comes to natural remedies or simple substitutes, funding for research is not usually readily available so research is limited. This does not mean these remedies are necessarily less effective but it is important to always use remedies that are confirmed to be safe and consult your doctor if you are unsure.
The effectiveness and speed of results of wart removal remedies varies massively and will depend on a number of factors. The age and willingness of the child to cooperate is often a deciding factor on the remedy choice, along with the location, age, size and type of wart. Using natural foods and household items like banana skins, potatoes, duct tape, orange peels and apple cider vinegar for removing warts gives varying results depending on the situation.
4 Wart Removal Remedies That Work
- Cut a potato in half and rub the wart firmly with the potato half, making sure that the skin becomes saturated with raw potato juice. Repeat morning and night for two weeks to start seeing results.
- Rub the wart with the peel of an orange. The wart will turn orange and then darken and finally drop off. Continue for two weeks to start seeing results.
- Place a small square of duct tape over the wart and leave in place, removing only when you want to replace the tape. Continue for two weeks to start seeing results.
- Soak a cotton wool ball in apple cider vinegar and apply directly to the wart. Use a bandaid to fix the cotton ball to the wart and leave covered overnight. Repeat every day for three days to start seeing results. For an effective video demonstration see this youtube clip on application of apple cider vinegar on warts.
Out of all the above options, duct tape is the only one that has been conclusively researched, but apple cider vinegar is generally the most effective. The most common over the counter pharmaceutical treatment for warts is a cream containing salicylic acid so it would make sense that vinegar (being an acid) would have some effect. As to why apple cider vinegar is so effective compared to other vinegar is not yet clear.
Points To Note When Using Apple Cider Vinegar To Remove Warts:
- When applying apple cider vinegar to the wart the wart tends to absorb the vinegar and swell. It is not painful but the increasing pressure after a few hours can become uncomfortable. It is easiest to apply this treatment at night and remove during the day.
- The wart will start turning black after 2 applications. Keep applying the treatment daily until the wart falls out naturally. Do not tamper with the wart once it has started to go black – this can spread the virus, cause bleeding or infection. Just keep applying the vinegar.
- This remedy works for both plantar warts and common warts. It can also work on warts that have been previously frozen and started to grow back.
- Do not use this remedy if the wart is in a sensitive area like on the face, genitals or armpits. Do not use on very young children. Although apple cider vinegar is a much weaker acid than other acids available, prolonged exposure in sensitive areas can still cause irritation.
- Test the reaction of the surrounding skin to the apple cider vinegar by applying the remedy for a few hours first before leaving a full night treatment on to ensure the skin is not too sensitive or prone to reaction.
- The earlier you can treat a wart with this method the quicker and easier it will be to remove.
Wart Removal Home Remedies can save on doctors fees and discomfort. No matter what remedy you choose it is good to do research first and consult a health care professional on any potential safety risks.