Ah! Warts…Those silly bubbles on the hands and feet can make anyone teased to bits. People usually report irritation and depression if they have warts. These bumps or warts are harmless growths that show up on the outer surface of the skin and look like little bumps. They are unpleasant and mostly show up on the hands, face or feet of a person. They are caused by the “Human Papillomavirus or HPV. There are more than 100 forms of this virus that have been identified. People can come in contact with this virus through numerous ways like shaking hands, typing on the keyboards or touching surfaces as they are highly contagious.
Warts are very common occurrence these days, and most people get warts on their hands, but some types of HPV virus can also cause genital warts. In women, genital warts can also cause cervical cancer. If you have ever got genital warts, you must see the doctor and get examined.
There are different types of warts that appear at different places like common warts that appear mostly on finger and toes, plantar warts that usually appear on the soles of the feet, flat warts that appear on the face and the area surrounding your lips and a few others.
Want to get rid of these nasty bumps? We have a few tips for you that might help you.
Most doctors prescribe applying salicylic acid onto the warts. Salycic acid is a less painful treatment of warts, and it is easily available at most pharmacy stores. It eliminates the inflammatory process and restrains the production of sebum and sweat. Warts get suffocated with this acid and get stripped off the skin after regular applications. You must use salcic acid daily or twice a day to get effective results. You can use a salicylic acid ointment, a cream or a solution or gel containing the acid. It requires a prolonged and regular use to get rid of the warts permanently.
Freeze The Wart:
You can also a spray containing concentrated cold air which is an easily available over-the-counter treatment for warts. It freezes away the wart and causes a blister around the wart. This blister with the wart will eventually fall off. This treatment is effective in removing the warts quickly.
A Duct Tape:
Yes, the same tape that your parents use to fix most of the breakages at your home can help you in getting rid of a wart. Just cut a piece of a duct tape that should be as small as the size of the wart and apply it onto the wart. Keep in on for about 6-7 days. If the tape falls off, you put a new piece of it. After removing the tape just soak the area in water for a while and then use a nail filer or a pumice stone to scratch the surface of the wart. Just keep repeating the process until the wart is gone. But don’t use the tape for more than two months.
See A Doctor:
Visiting a dermatologist is the safest way of getting rid of warts or any other skin problem. Doctors can use a lot of therapies to make the warts leave you. You must always visit a dermatologist f you have diabetes or any other immune deficiency disease with the warts.
Doctors usually use liquid nitrogen that freezes the warts which are a bit painful treatment but is effective. Due to freezing a blister is formed on the affected area that lets the wart fall off. It usually takes few visits to repeat the treatments in order to get rid of the warts permanently. In some cases, doctors also do surgery to cut away the warts from the skin.
Tea Tree Oil:
It’s a home based remedy to get rid of the warts. Tea tree oil has antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antifungal and antibacterial properties and served for treating skin infections and stops the development of bacteria and fungi on the skin. It’s also well known for treating warts and moles.
Just wash your hands and the area where you have a wart. Now take a dropper and apply one drop of essential tea tree oil on the wart directly. Put a bandage over it and leave it for 8-10 hours or you can also sleep with the bandage on. Using it overnight would let the oil penetrate deep into the skin. As you get up, just remove the bandage and wash your face. Apply another bandage right away or use it again overnight. Using this treatment for a few weeks would let the wart fall off.
Sounds strange? What on the Earth would a banana peel do to your wart? Well, think again! Most you tubers swear by it! Just cut a square inch of a banana peel or of the size that could cover the wart. Now rub the inside of the banana peel onto the wart every night before sleeping. Within one or two weeks of this treatment, you would see surprising results.
Boost Your Immunity:
The attacks the body when the immune system is weak enough to fight it. With all these remedies you must boost up immunity in our body to help it fight with the virus that causes warts. Take a diet that has Vitamin C in it and other immune boosters like broccoli, almonds, and yogurt and take adequate sleep each day. Exercise daily to release stress out of your system.
Using garlic as a home remedy for wart removal has also been considered effective since years, but it is not a quick therapy. It’s used mainly to remove plantar warts on the feet. It’s a famous wide spectrum antibiotic as well.
Just put some fresh garlic juice on the foot where there is a wart, keeping it away from the healthy skin. Wait until the juice is completely absorbed. Now apply a thinly sliced layer of garlic on the wart and secure it with an athletic tape. The wart will get irritated by the bactericidal action of garlic and fall off after regular applications.
For a small wart follow the process:
- Just take fresh garlic and peel it off.
- Now slice it and take one portion of its side to rub it on the wart gently.
- Rub it on the wart for a minute or two.
- Use some tape and affix the remaining garlic half against the wart.
Using this garlic treatment daily before going to bed would let the wart completely go away in a week. Just make sure when you remove the tape the next morning, let it breathe for the whole day and reapply again at night.
Using all these remedies would hopefully let you get rid of warts. But in case they don’t work, we recommend you must see a doctor. A dermatologist would examine the warts and treat them accordingly with either cryotherapy, electrocoagulation or laser therapy whatever would be suitable for treating the type of wart on your skin. In some cases, they might use surgery to remove pointed or venereal warts.