Fortunately, there’s no shortage of effective wart removal home remedies out there. What’s more, most of them work equally well.
So choosing the one that’s right for you is simply a matter of personal preference.
So let’s get into it. All of these methods fit into one of the following three categories. Starting with…
Home Remedies for Warts
It makes sense that things like chemicals or plant extracts can effectively treat warts, but did you know that everyday stuff around the house works, too?
Take duct tape, for example. Did you know you can apply a small piece of duct tape around your wart and it will slowly start to disintegrate?
Here’s what you do: Completely cover the wart with standard duct tape, but be careful to avoid the surrounding skin.
What happens next is that for some reason, covering the wart in this way triggers the body’s immune system to attack the virus causing the wart.
Of course, this isn’t an overnight process by any stretch. In fact, be prepared to stick with it for several weeks or even months. But there are a few things you can do to speed up the process.
Of course, every time you remove the piece of tape, some of the top layers of dead skin will go with it. You can remove more of this dead skin yourself with the use of a pumice or emery board. But it’s a good a idea to soak the area in warm water first before doing so.
You can also add a little salicylic acid to the wart (see below for more info on salicylic acid) and let it dry for a couple of minutes before covering it with tape.
Again, using duct tape for wart removal works fairly well. But you may experience some mild side effects with it.
For instance, after awhile the tape can start irritating the skin or cause itching. If this happens, simply remove the tape, and then clean and dry the area thoroughly. Wait a few days, and then resume treatment.
Before we move on, I have a few other home remedies for removing warts to tell you about. The first is white chalk. Yep, I’m talking about the same kind of chalk teacher’s use on blackboards.
It seems to work by rubbing large amounts of white chalk directly onto the wart every day until it’s gone.
The same is true of Elmer’s glue. In fact, this approach works a lot like using duct tape, in that you place a dab of glue over the wart until in dries. You repeat this process every day until the wart disappears.
Okay, let’s move on to…
Natural Wart Removal Methods
Several herbs, oils and even certain fruits and vegetables are proven natural remedies for warts.
What makes them so effective is that they contain vitamins or other substances with anti-viral properties and/or immunity boosting capabilities.
Let’s start with herbs. You can safely use each of the following herbs for at home wart removal:
- Calendula – You can either drink this as a tea or apply it directly onto your wart.
- Tea Tree Oil – Apply the undiluted oil to the wart several times a day until it’s gone.
- Echinacea – You ingest this particular herb in order to boost your body’s immune system.
- Aloe Vera – Apply an aloe based cream or the sap from the plant directly onto the wart until it’s gone.
- Chickweed – Apply chickweed, which comes in many forms, directly onto the wart until it’s gone.
- Dandelion – Apply the sap from the Dandelion plant directly onto the wart several times a day until it’s gone.
- Milkweed – Apply milkweed extract directly onto the wart once nightly until it’s gone.
- Flaxseed – Mix both ground flaxseed and flaxseed oil together along with some honey, and apply it to your wart once daily until it’s gone.
In addition to herbs, you can use the following vitamins as a natural home remedy for warts:
- Vitamin A – Puncture a capsule of fish oil or other supplement containing high concentrations of Vitamin A, and apply it directly onto the wart until it’s gone.
- Vitamin C – You can ingest various forms of Vitamin C to boost your immune system, or you can crush Vitamin C tablets and apply the powder directly onto the wart until it’s gone.
- Vitamin E – Puncture a capsule containing Vitamin E and apply it directly onto the wart until it’s gone.
If you think about, there are dozens of other possible natural wart removal home remedies given that so many items contain either one the aforementioned vitamins or some other substance that can effectively remove warts.
Specifically, here’s a list of just some of the fruits, vegetables and oils that should do the trick:
- Tomato paste
- Apple cider vinegar
- Grapefruit juice & seed extract
- Sweet potato
- Onion juice
- Canola oil
- Castor oil
Finally, if you want to treat your warts naturally, but don’t necessarily want to spend the time gathering all of these ingredients yourself, then you may want to try a naturally based product, like Dermatend or Naturasil for Warts.
Over the Counter Wart Removal Methods
If you peruse the medicine aisle at your local drug store or pharmacy, you’re bound to come across several over the counter wart remover products.
So what’s the difference between them, if any?
In short, there’s almost no difference between them, other than maybe the concentration strength or the brand on the outside of the box.
For one, most of these products contain the exact same active ingredient, which is salicylic acid. Again, sometimes the concentration level can vary slightly between brands, so it’s worth reading the back of the label to make sure you’re getting the most bang for your buck.
Okay, so how does salicylic acid work?
Well, as the name implies, it’s an acid, so it literally eats away at the wart tissue. Specifically, it does this by softening the protein within the outer layers of skin, and this causes the wart to erode away slowly over time.
It’s simple, but effective. In fact, it’s one of the best home remedy for wart removal products out there. Better still, it has few side effects.
Salicylic acid usually comes in tubes or bottles, but you might also find it in pre-treated adhesive pads. Either way, you simply apply the solution to your wart every day until it’s gone.
Notice, I said daily. For best results, it’s important that you stick with it every single day for as long as it takes, which could be up to three to four weeks.
Finally, it’s a good idea to wash the area each day before applying more medication. And you should do your best to avoid getting any of it on the surrounding skin because like I said before, it’s an acid, so it can easily cause mild burning or similar irritation when applied improperly.
In addition to salicylic acid, another wart home remedy product you’re likely to come across in stores is the wart freeze kits.
These products work by literally freezing the wart with either liquid nitrogen or dimethyl ether. This process destroys the skin cells that make up the growth as well as the blood vessels supplying it, so the wart simply falls off a few days later.
I should mention that the size of a wart has a lot to do with the success rate of these particular products. Meaning, large warts are much harder to remove with this method than small to medium sized ones. This is because the freezing agents in most of these kits simply can’t reach the freezing temperatures required to destroy larger sized warts.
So which of these Home Remedies for Wart Removal is Right for You?
Like I said before, the success rates for most of these methods is about the same. The key with all of them is simply to stick with it for as long as it takes to get rid of your wart.
And don’t forget, your doctor has a variety of methods to treat warts if you decide that you no longer want to do so yourself.
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