Remove Warts Using Home Remedies

Edited by Nerissa Avisado, Anonymous, Lynn, Alma and 2 others

You don't have to live with unsightly warts on the skin. Moreover, know that these seemingly innocent HPV (human papillomavirus) can do you more harm than good. Though 60-70 percent of warts are actually harmless and will eventually go away even without treatment, know that more than 70 percent of cervical cancer is caused by HPV growing on the female genitals. The body's immune system can knock out the virus the same way it gets rid of common colds. If you like to help your system to accelerate the process a bit, why not find out about natural ways and home remedies for safe wart removal?

Was this helpful? Yes | No | I need help

S2NOV18-1.JPG

Ad

What's up with Warts

S2NOV18-2.JPG

A wart is typically a small, benign skin growth or tumor that grows on a person's hand or feet. It is caused by a strain of virus called the HPV or human papillomavirus. The virus stimulates keratin, a hard protein layer found on the skin, to be produced at an unusually fast rate. There are myriad known types of HPV and about 30 can cause warts to grow in the genital area.

Was this helpful? Yes | No | I need help

They may manifest different physical appearances, depending on which part of the body it is growing on and how thick the skin is. For instance, it may look flat and smooth, but there are warts that can also appear like a bump with a rough texture. There are blood vessels that supply it with oxygen and nutrients. Severe cases of warts can cause the deformation of skin lines and creases. A wart that grows on the sole of the foot is referred to as a verruca.

Was this helpful? Yes | No | I need help

Warts are infectious, meaning that they can be transmitted from one person to another, either through direct contact or indirectly by sharing personal stuff like towels. The virus enters the skin or epidermis through cuts or openings.

Was this helpful? Yes | No | I need help

The Different Types of Warts

Know the different types of warts that can cause unsightly growths. Not all are harmless and inconspicuous; some types can cause you discomforts and grow immensely in size. Among those that you need to be worried about are the genital warts. These are primarily transmitted through intimate sexual contact. Aside from genital warts, there are about five other major types.

Was this helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  1. 1
    Verruca Vulgaris or Common Warts:
    S2NOV18-3.JPG
    These warts are the rough type with thickened bumps known as plaques and papules. They are gray-brown in color and dome-shaped. These grow anywhere particularly in the hands – fingers, knuckles, and elbows, as well as on knees. You may see dark dots that are actually blood vessels with clots.
    Advertisement
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  2. 2
    Verruca Plana or Plane Warts:
    S2NOV18-4.JPG
    These are flat, smooth, round warts that grow on the soles of the feet and cause pain when you walk. They appear yellowish or brownish, are quite common among young kids and grow on their face, legs and hands.
    Advertisement
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  3. 3
    Verruca Filiformis or Filiform Warts:
    S2NOV18-5.JPG
    This type is unmistakable because of the long and narrow appearance and the skin-tone, thread-like growths sticking out from these warts. This grows in the face - nose, eyelids, around the mouth or beard area - and in the armpits.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  4. 4
    Verrucas or Plantar Warts:
    S2NOV18-6.1.JPG
    This type mostly appear on the soles, heels, and toes of the feet. They have the tendency to grow back into the skin because one's weight can push onto the sole of the foot. The location makes walking excruciating. Verrucas typically have a black dot (blood vessel) in the middle of a white, hardened area.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  5. 5
    Periungual and Mosaic Warts:
    S2NOV18-7.1.JPG
    These are characteristically rough warts growing in clusters. Periungual are those that grow under and around the nails, on hands and feet. Mosaic warts grow on the palm of the hands and feet.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

Natural and Safe Wart Removal Home Remedies

The growth of warts is a sign that the immune system is weak, which is why pregnant women and children make easy targets for HPV. Thus, battling warts entails prophylactic boosting of the immune system and using of botanicals to eradicate the virus and treat the wart. If the wart is not causing you undue pain or is not spreading, a strong immune system is enough to fight it off. Here are some home remedies to for safe wart removal that you can try:

Was this helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  1. 1
    Bolster your immune system.
    A strong immune system will help prevent, growth and spread of the HPV. Living a healthy lifestyle, eating a balanced diet, exercising, and sleeping well and getting plenty of rest are important in boosting the immune system.
    Advertisement
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  2. 2
    Stay dry.
    S2NOV18-9.1.JPG
    Avoid keeping the warts in damp or wet conditions, particularly the painful type plantar warts. Change your socks after playing sport or use medicated foot powder.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  3. 3
    Keep your cuts and scrapes covered.
    Since HPV can find their way through skin cuts and scratches, it is important to cover them.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  4. 4
    Protect your feet.
    S2NOV18-10.1.JPG
    Always wear shoes. People infected with warts leak HPV everywhere they go – pools, hotel carpets, shared showers, etc. By the millions. Walking around without wearing protective shoes can unnecessarily expose your feet at risk.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  5. 5
    Rule out cross-contamination.
    This means spreading HPV from one part of your body to another. Kids are more vulnerable to the risks of cross-contamination because of nibbling infected nails, easily having cuts and broken skin because of hyperactivity and small accidents.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  6. 6
    Hands off please.
    S2NOV18-11.1.JPG
    Don't touch or pick at warts to prevent spread of the virus.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  7. 7
    Don't share personal stuff.
    This will prevent the spread of the virus to other people in the house or work.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  8. 8
    Rub it with garlic.
    S2NOV18-12.1.JPG
    Garlic has antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties. Rubbing the wart with a crushed garlic clove twice a day can help treat it.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  9. 9
    Apply tea tree oil.
    This essential oil is endowed with powerful antiseptic and bactericidal properties. It can also treat warts; apply it on for 7 to 10 days.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  10. 10
    Rub it with banana peels.
    S2NOV18-13.1.JPG
    Peels of bananas have another use - rub them on a growing wart. It may take a while to get rid of the wart, but the spread of the virus can be inhibited this way.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  11. 11
    Dab with essential lemon oil.
    This is applied in the same way as the tea tree oil. Dab the essential oil directly on the wart until the wart has been eradicated
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  12. 12
    Massage the castor oil.
    S2NOV18-14.1.JPG
    This oil can be applied and massaged on the wart for days or weeks to successfully treat the warts. Usually it will take about three weeks of massage to complete the process.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  13. 13
    Swab it with apple cider vinegar (ACV).
    Dip a piece of cotton in apple cider vinegar, and then directly apply it on the wart. Do this twice a day or until the wart has been removed.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  14. 14
    Apply baking soda paste.
    S2NOV18-15.1.JPG
    First make a paste by mixing baking soda and water. Keep the wart covered with tape or a bandage during the treatment process.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  15. 15
    .
    Cleansing with hydrogen peroxide. You may want to clean the wart using hydrogen peroxide, a common wound cleanser in most homes. Use of other home remedies can be more effective when combined with hydrogen peroxide.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  16. 16
    Gel it with aloe Vera sap.
    S2NOV18-16.1.JPG
     
    1. Cut and spoon the sap gel of aloe Vera and apply it directly to the wart.
    2. Cover the wart using tape or a bandage.
    3. Repeat the process several times during the day until the wart falls off.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  17. 17
    Mashed aspirin.
    Aspirin is rich in salicylic acid. It can be mashed and applied directly to the wart. As usual, cover it to keep the mashed aspirin in place.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  18. 18
    Squeeze the sap from a dandelion.
    S2NOV18-17.1.JPG
    This herb has properties that can diminish and inhibit the growth and spread of wart.  
    1. Get the sap by breaking the dandelion stem.
    2. Apply this sap or extract to the wart.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  19. 19
    Duct tape.
    This can be placed directly over the wart and left there for about six days. Before removing, soak the wart in water before using pumice stone or emery board to rub off the softened wart.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

Medical Treatments for Warts

Consider seeing a doctor for wart treatment if the wart is causing you pain, is changing its appearance, bleeds easily, and is spreading quite fast to the other parts of your body. If you want the wart taken off for medical or cosmetic reasons, ask your doctor about safe procedures. Generally, one or a combination treatment may be recommended:

Was this helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  1. 1
    Salicylic acid.
    S2NOV18-18.1.JPG
    This is an OTC product that can treat warts within three months. Soak the wart in water for about five minutes before applying the acid. It can, however, destroy the healthy skin. So, protect the surrounding skin with petroleum jelly or a corn plaster before applying salicylic acid. Rub off the wart with a pumice stone or emery board. Do not use on the face.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  2. 2
    Cryotherapy.
    This is a medical procedure that makes use of a very cold liquid, which is sprayed onto the wart, freezing and destroying the cells in the process. This is performed exclusively by healthcare professionals and may require the use of a local anesthetic. An OTC equivalent is sold in pharmacies (dimethyl-ether/propane spray); it should not be used on the face.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  3. 3
    Laser treatment/photodynamic therapy.
    S2NOV18-19.1.JPG
    The wart is removed using a laser beam. This is generally recommended for hard-to-treat warts. In photodynamic therapy, a chemical is used before it is activated by light, usually laser light, to eradicate the wart cells.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  4. 4
    Electrocautery.
    This is a medical procedure in which the wart is burned using an electric current.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  5. 5
    Chemical treatments to avoid.
    S2NOV18-20.1.JPG
    You can buy these with a prescription – glutaraldehyde, formaldehyde, and podophyllin. Be careful that these are just applied only on the wart, and not on the skin around it.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  6. 6
    Invasive surgery.
    This is an invasive procedure that is resorted to only when all else has failed. This is generally performed under local or general anesthetic. Big warts are cut out while smaller warts may be removed using a curette.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  7. 7
    Antigen shots and immunotherapy.
    S2NOV18-21.1.JPG
    The procedure is intended to stimulate the immune system to recognize the wart and to fend it off. It leaves no scars unlike surgery.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  8. 8
    Retinoids.
    This is a derivative of vitamin A that can disrupt the growth of warts.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  9. 9
    Bleomycin (Blenoxane).
    S2NOV18-22.1.JPG
    This is a medicine that is used to treat cancer. It can be injected directly into warts, which kill the HPV.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

    Advertisement

There are certain things to remember insofar as warts are concerned. First, you do not need to be pestered by them. Second, a healthy lifestyle and strong immune system are the best ways to prevent the growth of these skin outgrowths. Third, there are safe, inexpensive and natural ways to get rid of them. And fourth, you can also seek medical help if you want to accelerate the process and you have the budget.

Was this helpful? Yes | No | I need help

Comments

VisiHow welcomes all comments. If you do not want to be anonymous, register or log in. It is free.




ABTIKWriters
Premier Author
159 Articles Started
3,251 Article Edits
37,405 Points
ABTIKWriters is a premier author with VisiHow. ABTIKWriters has achieved the level of "Captain" with 37,405 points. ABTIKWriters has started 159 articles (including this one) and has also made 3,251 article edits. 918,000 people have read ABTIKWriters's article contributions.
ABTIKWriters's Message Board
ABTIKWriters: Hi, my name is ABTIKWriters.
ABTIKWriters: Can I help you with your problem about "Remove Warts Using Home Remedies"?
 

Article Info

Categories : Skin Care & Diseases

Recent edits by: Eng, Alma, Lynn

Share this Article:

Thanks to all authors for creating a page that has been read 14,136 times.

Do you have a question not answered in this article?
Click here to ask one of the writers of this article
x

Thank Our Volunteer Authors.

Would you like to give back to the community by fixing a spelling mistake? Yes | No