Warts On The Body? Try this Natural Solution!
What are warts?
Warts are small, hard, benign growths on the skin (caused by a virus) and they come in different types:
- Common warts (Verruca vulgaris) are most often seen on the hands and are skin-colored papules with a rough surface, making up 70% of non-genital cutaneous warts.
- Flat warts (Verruca plana) are most often seen on the backs of the hands and on the legs with the appearance of smooth, flat-topped, yellow-brown papules.
- Intermediate warts are a combination of common and flat warts.
- Subungual and periungual warts appear under and around the fingernails or toenails.
- Plantar warts (Verruca plantaris) occur on the soles of the feet and look like very thick callouses.
- Mosaic warts are a plaque of closely grouped plantar warts.
What should I be careful not to do to my warts?
- You should never try to physically remove a wart on your own such as trying to cut it off even if you have just one wart. Warts can spread extremely easily meaning that you could end up with even more warts as well as possible infections or scarring.
- You should not scratch or pick at warts as this can cause bleeding, infection and spreading.
- With any treatment plan, whether conventional or natural, you should always consult with your doctor first you’re pregnant or nursing - or if you’re treating a child.
How warts might have been removed in ancient times!
You might be interested to read about this old Chinese remedy to treat warts. They used a smoke box filled with the smoke from burnt leaves of the Populus euphratica tree. While it was most commonly used for plantar warts, it could also be used for warts on the hands. Users of this method would have needed to:
- Find Populus euphratica leaves and dry them out.
- Light them on fire in a controlled environment outdoors and let them burn for a few minutes.
- Cover them so the lack of oxygen snuffed out the flames.
- Carefully placed their hands or feet about six inches over the smoldering leaves, letting the smoke infuse the area where the wart was for at least 15 minutes.
Obviously, great care was needed. And probably not something most of us would want to try these days...
Although warts can sometimes be painful, irritating and embarrassing, the good news is that there are many treatment options available these days, both conventional and natural so, if you’re wondering how to get rid of warts, read on...
And one of the best ways to prevent and treat warts is by focusing on immune system boosters such as vitamin C and zinc-rich foods as well as beverages loaded with probiotics - like kefir. We set out further below supplements and other internal options.
How to get rid of warts with conventional products
1. Skin-peeling liquid
One of the most common ways of breaking down those layers of skin (that make up a wart) is to apply a topical solution that contains salicylic acid. You can choose between prescription solutions and over-the-counter versions, both of which will work in a similar way.
2. Freezing (cryotherapy)
This is a procedure carried out by your medical practitioner and involves swabbing or spraying liquid nitrogen onto the wart and the surrounding area. Because liquid nitrogen is extremely cold (as low as -321F) it burns the wart and a blister then forms where the wart was. It will usually take three to four of these sessions to achieve success. A higher rate of success (between 50 and 70%) can be achieved if you pair the cryotherapy with the salicylic acid application.
3. Duct tape
Placing a strip of duct tape on a wart for a prolonged period of time can kill it off. This is because the wart is being starved of oxygen. Ideally, the tape needs to be kept on for six days in a row. On day six, the skin should be soaked in water and the wart gently rubbed down with a nail file or pumice stone. The tape should be left off overnight and reapplied the next day for another six days. The process needs to be repeated until the wart has gone. However, if it’s still there after two months, it might be best to try another treatment. We do not recommend this form of treatment.
Wart removal surgery is usually classed as minor surgery and involves either cutting the wart away or laser surgery. Of course, surgery can often be painful and lead to scarring.
5. Immune Therapy
Medications or solutions are used to stimulate your own immune system to fight viral warts. This might involve your doctor injecting your warts with a foreign substance (antigen) or topically applying the antigen.
6. Laser Treatment
Laser surgery uses an intense beam of light or laser to burn and destroy the wart tissue. The evidence for the effectiveness of laser treatment is limited. It can also cause pain and scarring.
A word of warning. There can be problems with conventional treatment methods as follows:
- With freezing or cryotherapy you may need repeated treatments with side effects of pain and swelling.
- Electrocautery can also mean pain and swelling afterwards.
- While surgical excision is usually accompanied by local anesthesia, you may still experience pain after surgery.
- Laser treatments are expensive and usually suitable for very pervasive and treatment-resistant warts. Side effects can include permanent scarring as well as pain.
- Some of the topical options for genital warts can also cause skin irritation, blisters, body aches or pain, cough, rashes or fatigue.
But whether you have warts on your hands, feet or elsewhere on your body, there are also ways to get rid of them naturally...
H-Warts Formula is a 100% natural and cruelty free topical solution
How to get rid of warts with more natural methods
Banana peels and garlic. These can be used to work on warts. First place 2 to 4 drops of thuja tincture or tea tree oil on the wart. Then either cut a piece of banana peel, place it over the wart and tape it in place OR cover the wart and surrounding skin with a thin layer of olive oil and apply a thin slice of fresh garlic and tape in place. The procedure should be carried out at bedtime and repeated nightly for up to 3 weeks.
Apple cider vinegar (ACV). This can be applied as a natural wart remover by soaking a cotton ball in the ACV and applying it direct to the wart. Cover with a bandage overnight, repeating as long as necessary until results are visible.
Silver nitrate is available as a solution or ointment which you then apply to the wart as instructed.
Zinc is also available as an ointment you apply to the wart twice daily for 3 months. Another topical option is distilled water containing 5% to 10% zinc sulfate which should be applied 3 times a day for 4 weeks.
Last but by no means least is our own H-Warts Formula which is safe and gentle to use on warts wherever they appear on the body. The Formula is all natural with NO harmful additives and can be used for adults - and children over the age of four years - for a simple and fast acting result.
How supplements and other options can be helpful
It has been found that many wart sufferers may have a zinc deficiency. The oral form may be particularly effective in wart sufferers who have a zinc deficiency. For viral warts, the recommended dosage is 10 milligrams of zinc sulfate per kilogram by mouth daily (up to 600 milligrams total daily) for two to six months.
There are certain antiviral herbs such as elderberry, astragalus root and echinacea that can help the body to fight off the virus causing warts as they are said to actually inhibit the development of viruses while boosting the immune system. Here are some suggestions, their dosage and their reputed benefits. Always consult your medical professional before starting any new regimen.
- Olive leaf extract (500 milligrams twice daily) is a natural antiviral and antimicrobial.
- Garlic (one drop twice daily) has antiviral properties.
- Echinacea (300 milligrams twice daily) can help boost immune function and fight viruses.
- Selenium (200 micrograms daily). A deficiency in selenium can cause viruses to replicate.
Certain food and beverages can help too and include those rich in vitamin C, high zinc food, probiotic foods, leafy green vegetables, high-selenium foods and raw cheeses.
Changes in lifestyle choices are another suggestion. These include:
- Being careful not to go barefoot in public locker rooms, showers and pool areas.
- Avoiding contact with anyone else's warts.
- Avoiding scratching or picking at your own wart to avoid infection and spreading.
- Making sure to dry your hands thoroughly as warts thrive in wet environments.
- Avoiding brushing, combing or shaving those areas where warts are present as this can cause them to spread.
- Washing your hands thoroughly after touching warts.
- Keeping items like clothing and towels that may come into contact with warts away from others in the home.
- Washing clothing and socks frequently.
With a healthy lifestyle, consistent natural treatment and some patience, you can get rid of warts and greatly decrease the likelihood of their unwanted return.
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