Warts are skin growths that usually develop on the hands and feet. They are normally harmless but some types can be contagious. One of the contagious warts are genital warts, and they cannot be cured by simple home remedies. Contrary to myths and popular belief, warts are not caused by holding frogs. They are caused by viral infections brought about by human papillomavirus (HPV). They occur in most age brackets, and to people with deficiencies in their immune systems. They can be present for a few months to a few years and some even recur or come back. For small warts on the hands and feet, you can try home remedies to get rid of them. This article will give you tips on how to remove them using home remedies. Read on.
- Apple cider vinegar and Vaseline. Apply Vaseline on the wart’s surrounding area. Get a cotton ball and dip it in the vinegar. Squeeze out the excess vinegar so that it will not drip. Use a water-proof medical tape and wrap the wart with the cotton ball and tape. This is advisable to be done at night and left overnight so that the vinegar can work its wonders. Also, you are spared from the vinegar’s smell during the day at work. Do this for about three weeks to a month or until the wart is completely gone.
- Nail polish. This proves to be effective. Apply two coats of clear nail polish on the surface of the wart. Leave it on until a part of the wart comes off. Coat it again with nail polish until everything has come off.
- Vitamin C tablets. Vitamin C is Ascorbic Acid. Crush two tablets and apply on top of the wart and cover with a bandage. The acid in Vitamin C helps kill the virus present in the wart.
- Garlic. Crush a clove of garlic and put it on the affected area. Wrap with bandage and leave on for several hours. It is best if done at night and left overnight so that so you will not have to worry if your hand smells like garlic.
- Castor oil. Rub the wart area at least twice a day. Doing this will soften the wart and remove it eventually after a few weeks.
Removing warts takes time. You will notice that most remedies take a few weeks to take effect. Be patient in removing them. If you have exhausted every home remedy and over-the-counter medications for wart removal but still is not successful in getting rid of them and your warts continue to grow bigger, maybe it is time for you to consult a doctor to have it removed and to make sure that your warts are not something to be alarmed about. Have them tested to know the cause. Not only are they unpleasant to look at, but also if not treated for a long time, they might pose a serious health risk. Some warts can be cancerous, so it is a good idea to consult a doctor about them.