by Ann Marie
“I was teased to bits at school today for having hands that look like bubble wrap,” says one online forum member. “I want to get rid of my warts, now.”
“For the last 5 or 6 years I have been getting warts on my hands,” says another. “I recently had one burned off, and in addition to a nasty scar, I now have two more on that hand and another on the other hand.”
Unsightly, stubborn growths that can appear most anywhere on the skin, warts can be embarrassing, irritating, and depressing. Here’s some more information on what causes warts, and possible natural solutions that may work for you.
What Are Warts?
Warts are benign skin growths caused by viruses. Most come from the human papillomavirus (HPV), which infects the top layer of skin and causes it to grow rapidly, creating a wart. You can contract this virus if you cut or damage your skin in some way, and then touch someone else who has it. You can also catch the virus by sharing towels, razors, or other personal care items.
Though anyone can develop warts, some people are more at risk, particularly children and teens and people with a weakened immune system. There are several different kinds of warts—each looks different and will show up on different parts of the body.
- Common warts: These most often occur on the hands, and are rough, dome-shaped, and gray-brown.
- Plantar warts: These grow on the soles of the feet and are hard and thick with dark specks. They can be painful when you walk.
- Flat warts: These can grow on the face, arms, and legs. They’re small, have flat tops, and may be light yellow, brown, or pink.
- Filiform warts: These can grow on the face, usually around the mouth, nose, or chin. They are the same color as the skin, but they have thread-like growths sticking out of them.
- Periungual warts: These occur under and around the fingernails and toenails.
Many times, warts will go away on their own, but sometimes they can be stubborn and stick around for much longer than you’d like.
10 Natural Solutions for Warts
We have several wart removal tips and tricks for you to try besides Compound W, freezing, and other standard techniques. Meanwhile, work on prevention at the same time—avoid walking barefoot, don’t share personal hygiene items, and avoid touching all warts—yours and everyone else’s.
- Boost your immune system. Warts are caused by a virus, so one of the best ways to get rid of them is to boost your body’s ability to fight them. In fact, many people notice that warts show up when they’re feeling tired, sick, or worn down. Make sure you’re getting enough sleep and exercising regularly, and use some potent immune boosters like astragalus, elderberry, olive leaf, vitamin C, zinc, turmeric, and cat’s claw.
- Stop the spread. Not only can warts be passed from person to person, but you can also spread them around your own body through touch. If you touch your wart, for instance, and then touch another part of your body before washing your hands, you may spread the virus, and notice new warts popping up several days later.
- Use pineapple. Apply fresh pineapple directly to the wart several times a day. The natural acids and enzymes will help kill it.
- Garlic. Mix some fresh garlic with water and apply the paste to the wart. Put a bandage on top. Re-apply every few hours and continue until the wart is gone.
- Baking powder. Mix baking powder and castor oil into a paste, apply to the wart at night, and cover with a bandage. Repeat until the wart has died. You can also try crushed, fresh basil in the same way—or even mix the two together.
- Vitamins. Crush up a vitamin C tablet and mix with water to make a thick paste. Apply to the wart and cover with a bandage. You can also try vitamin E—break a capsule, rub on the wart, and cover.
- Aspirin. Use these like the vitamin C tablet—crush, add a little water, apply the paste to the wart, and cover overnight. Repeat for several nights until gone.
- Tea tree oil. This potent antibacterial oil has powerful germ-fighting capabilities, and is also known to help treat skin conditions. Apply directly to the wart, then cover with the bandage. Repeat until the wart is gone. You can also mix with clove and/or Frankincense oils for additional power.
- Bee propolis. Some people have found success applying propolis directly to the wart several times a day. Or try applying at night and covering until morning.
- Aloe vera. Fresh from the actual plant is best. Break off a leaf and rub the gel onto the wart. Aloe contains malic acid, which can help burn away the affected tissue. If you don’t have the plant, get the purest form of aloe you can find. Cover after each application.
Do you have other tips for getting rid of warts? Please share them with our readers!