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Home Remedies for Warts that Actually Work

Aug 17, 2007
Warts are harmless, non-cancerous skin tumors that can occur singly or in groups on any part of the body. The type of wart is named as per the region of their occurrence. Warts are caused by different strains of the fiendish papilloma virus. It conjures the body into providing it with room to flourish; this is known medically as the wart proper. Warts are non-malignant skin tumors that can appear on any part of the body. It is named depending on the region of its occurrence. Seventy-five percent of the population encounters warts at least once in their lifetime.

Plantar warts are the ones associated in the foot region. Most of the natural remedies for warts are associated with plantar warts. As a reminder, it must be ensured that the so called wart is not a corn, callus, mole, or cancerous lesion. If there is the slightest doubt about what it is, a doctor must be consulted. To help identify, warts are pale, skin-colored growths with a not so smooth surface. Sometimes it has even borders and blackened surface blood vessels. Normal skin lines will not cross the warts surface. Warts are, however, very shallow growths and do not extend up to the bone.

Most warts disappear on their own within two years. Children get rid of them faster. However warts are infectious and if left untreated, may increase in size or spread to other parts of the body.

Normal medical wart treatments are associated with nasty-sounding destructive methods such as burning, freezing or destroying with laser. These techniques are not necessarily effective. It is usually painful and may leave scars. Worse still; warts often reappear, no matter what treatment is used. Alternative medicines for warts, especially home remedies are therefore encouraged before heading for the doctor. Special precautions should be taken when attending to genital warts.

One common home remedy is to buy vitamin A capsules and apply the oil directly to the affected area. Fish oil or fish-liver oil capsules are the best source for Vitamin A. Fish or Fish liver oils capsules should be broken open and the oil massaged into the affected area once a day. The vitamin should not be taken orally; large doses of it can be toxic.

A paste of Vitamin C tablets and water is one suggestible home remedy. The affected area should be bandaged after applying the paste so that it does not come off. The acidic property of the vitamin, particularly when in ascorbic acid form, affects the skin too. Therefore it is important ensure that the paste does not touch the skin.

In the tape method, the wart is tightly covered with tape. Any tape will do, a sterilized plaster is the best option. The tape should be tightly wrapped around the wart. The tape should not be renewed for as long as possible. Keeping it clean and is the key. The virus thrives on moisture and so the wart should be as dry as possible. Results are identifiable within 2-3 weeks.

Another popular home remedy is the onion method. In this method, a small onion piece is cut and kept dipped in vinegar overnight. In the morning, this onion piece should be placed over the wart and taped up tight. Another similar piece must be kept dipped in vinegar, ready for the next change. The onion should be changed at least once a day.

Other available method include applying Vitamin E oil, clove oil, Aloe-Vera juice, milkweed juice, the milky juice of the sows thistle plant, or the milky juice of unripe figs directly to the wart or taking garlic capsules or tablets.

Different warts respond differently to different modes of treatment. Most warts should disappear within 2-4 months. Plantar warts may take longer to heal.
Warts are caused by virus which thrives under moist conditions. To avoid it, open wounds should not be left unattended. While visiting wet areas, like places around the swimming pool shoes must be kept on. In tropical areas shoes must be changed frequently. Avoid touching with hands that have cuts, the virus spreads easily. Another region where warts thrive is the edge of toe and finger nails. Good manicure and pedicure habits are essential. It is interesting to note that some experiments have successfully shown hypnotism can be used to get rid of warts.
About the Author
Kevin Pederson, a regular writer for Natural Remedies and Home Cures suggests effective, low cost natural cures to heal and recover from common ailments. The writer cautions you about using home remedies in case of allergies to certain ingredients and suggests you to seek medical advice on continuation of symptoms.
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