Home Remedies for Removing Warts
Warts are ugly little things, not to mention painful. They are physical manifestations of Human Pappiloma Virus, which could carry serious health risks including a risk of cancer. Going to the doctor to have them removed can be even more painful and cost a lot of money, while buying remedies from the local pharmacy can be just as costly.
So if you want to save a bit of money, try out some of these home remedies that are proven to work for any type of wart, pain-free.
1. Apply Castor Oil
A more natural treatment, castor oil contains acid that can make the wart dry up like a scab and fall off. All you have to do is clean and dry the wart, apply a drop of castor oil using an eyedropper then cover it up with a bandage. Do this every day for about three weeks or so, and the wart should begin to come off.
2. Use Raw Potatoes
This simple home remedy uses a common item in nearly every household. You can use one of two methods to use a potato to get rid of the wart. The first is to just slice up a potato and rub it on the affected area several times daily for around two weeks. The other, quicker method is to grind the potato into a pulp, then apply it before bed. Because the potato is still freshly ground, its potency is still high and absorbs into the wart while you're sleeping. Just take a little bit of the pulp and pack it around the wart, then wrap it up in a clean bandage. When you wake up in the morning, discard the bandage and pulp, and rinse off the wart with cold water. Because the wart is consistently exposed to the pulp through the night, it will fall off sooner than simply rubbing it several times a day.
3. If not Potatoes, why not Onions?
Onions are known for their potency that irritates the skin and increases circulation in the hands. This is especially important when removing warts on the hands and feet. Simply apply onion juice using a cotton swab a few times a day without rinsing. This method works well for hands and feet, but not for the more sensitive skin on the face.
4. A Dandy Remedy
For a gentler remedy that can be used on warts on the face, try using dandelion. The milk from the end of a cut dandelion is gentle yet still gets the job done. Apply two or three times each day without rinsing.
The most common home remedy for warts is the use of the marigold plant, whose leaves, sap, and petals all contain chemicals that easily break down the production of warts. However, this is also the most time consuming.
Boil some water and let the marigold leaves soak in the water for about 20 minutes. Remove them, let them drip, then blend them into a sticky paste. Apply that around the wart area and cover it up with a cloth or bandage. Keep it on for about two hours, then remove the cloth and rinse it off. Repeating this once every day will remove that wart fairly quickly.
If none of these remedies work, consult your doctor. There may be other factors as to why you have the wart, and it should be checked out. Also check consumer reviews of store-brand products, as some of them may work if the home remedies don't.