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What Can You Do About Warts on the Skin?

 

 

While warts on the skin do not usually cause you any harm, they can be itchy, cause discomfort or even be embarrassing.  The exception are plantar warts on the feet which can be very painful - rather like standing on a needle.

You can treat warts if they bother you, if they keep coming back or, as in the case of plantar warts, if they are painful.

Over-the-counter treatments

You can buy creams, plasters and sprays from pharmacies to treat warts and verrucas.These treatments can take up to three months to complete, may irritate your skin and do not always work.

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Natural treatment is best

Apple cider vinegar is thought to work like salicylic acid (a common non natural treatment that peels away infected skin).  To try it, mix 2 parts apple cider vinegar and 1 part water. Soak a cotton ball with this mixture. Place it on the wart and cover with a bandage, leaving it on for three to four hours.  ACV should always be diluted with water because the acidity may cause irritation and chemical burns.   Another word of warning is not to apply to open wounds.

Garlic has a long history of being used to treat heal skin conditions including psoriasis, keloid scars and corns as well as warts. Allicin, the main component of garlic, has microbial effects. It works by destroying enzymes in harmful pathogens.  To use on warts, crush up 1 clove and mix it with water before applying to the wart and cover with a bandage. Repeat daily for three to four weeks. 

Pineapple is well known for its bromelain, a mixture of enzymes that digest proteins.  Some have reported success with removing warts using pineapple juice in different ways - one being to soak the wart in pineapple juice every day with another being to apply fresh pineapple daily.

Aloe vera is often used for burns and psoriasis and is sasid to provide relief when a wart is itchy or painful.  To use, remove a leaf from an aloe vera plant and apply the gel to the wart, repeating daily. irritation, so use it with caution.

Another home remedy for warts is vitamin E.  This nutrient is vital for a healthy immune system and could improve your body’s reaction to HPV.  Break open a vitamin E capsule and apply the oil to the wart. Protect the wart with a bandage and keep it on overnight. Repeat daily for two weeks.

H-Warts Formula is a 100% natural and cruelty free topical solution with no harmful additives.  The Formula is gentle on the skin and safe for adults and those children over the age of four years.  Simple to apply, the Formula arrives with full instructions.  The product is applied directly to the warts using a cotton swab with only a few drops needed for each application.

 H-Warts Formula

 

 

Warts usually go away on their own but using natural home remedies for warts may help speed up the process.

Always do a patch test first. Even natural treatments can cause skin irritation. 

What are the different types of warts that can appear on your skin?

Each type has a different appearance.  Each type can appear on different areas of the skin.

Common warts: These are most likely to appear on the hands.  They have a rough, dome-shaped appearance and are gray-brown in color.

Plantar warts: These are very infectious and grow on the soles of the feet or under the toes.  They are hard and thick with dark specks and can be very painful when you walk.

Flat warts: These can grow on the face, arms and legs. They’re small with flat tops.  They are usually light yellow, brown or pink in color.

Filiform warts: These can grow on the face - usually around the mouth, nose or chin. They are the same color as the skin with thread-like growths protruding from them

Periungual warts: These occur under and around the fingernails and toenails.

 

 

Sources

American Academy of Dermatology. How do dermatologists treat warts?. https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/contagious-skin-diseases/warts#treatment. Accessed January 26, 2021.

American Academy of Dermatology. Warts. http://www.aad.org/dermatology-a-to-z/diseases-and-treatments/u---w/warts. Accessed January 26, 2021.

Kwok CS, et al. Topical treatments for cutaneous warts. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/14651858.CD001781.pub3/abstract. Accessed December 7, 2020.