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Some Common Remedies to Get Rid of Warts




Warts are caused by HPV (human papillomavirus), therefore they are contagious. There are many varieties of hpv warts. It is necessary to identify and remove them quickly because HPV virus can cause various health problems. It integrates into cells and changes human DNA. Such process increases cells division and makes them proliferate rapidly.

This virus can be transmitted through shaking hands, touching, from mother to unborn child, as well as through skin lesions. You can get infected at bath houses or pools. An excessive dryness or moisture of the skin and lack of capillary blood supply favour the virus penetration. The appearance of warts on hands can also be caused by nail biting. The infection can easily penetrate into the damaged skin layer. Skin lesions made while shaving, epilation, peeling can also turn into warts. If body defenses are weakened and the measures to strengthen the immune system are not taken in time, the chance of wart occurrence increases. Having penetrated into the body, the virus can cause warts on the spot, however it not always happens. Sometimes the process of warts appearance can take from one to several months. Sometimes a virus carrier may even have no visible symptoms.

Although these skin formations are benign, in neglected cases, DNA of the cells modified by papilloma virus may cause cancer. Virus gene is often found in neoplastic cells. Diagnosis can help to find the solution of how to get rid of warts as fast and effective as possible.

The mechanisms of the virus transmission are not well studied, but it is known that females are more prone to this disease than males. Women have higher chances to get it while taking birth control pills that reduce immunity or during pregnancy, when the immune system is also reduced. Also, females can catch this disease if there are disorders of body hormonal levels. In most cases, such skin formations are not painful. Thus, people do not hurry to remove this cosmetic defect.

Kinds of Warts Caused by Papilloma Virus

1. Common warts are tight rounded papules with rough surface. They are painless and may appear on fingers and face, rarely on scalp. Their treatment necessity is caused by elimination of the appearance defect resulting in stress;

2. Plantar warts appear in the places where your foot is in close contact with the shoe. They are similar to corns and hurt while walking. This kind of warts requires a long-term treatment;

3. Flat warts are painless papules up to a centimeter in size. Usually their color is not different from the skin layer, but some can occur of bluish and yellow-brownish tint. As a rule, they slightly extrude above skin level. Flat warts may spontaneously disappear, but sometimes they remain for the whole life, especially if you do not try to remove them.

Here are some home remedies for warts.


Garlic has antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties that fight viral infections.

• Crush a garlic clove and apply it on the affected area. Cover it with a bandage.

• Leave it on for about 20 minutes and then wash the area thoroughly.

• Repeat this treatment twice daily for about a week. The caustic effect of the garlic will cause the wart to blister and fall off. Larger warts may take longer to heal.

If you do not like the smell of garlic, you can take garlic capsules three times a day for a week.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar also has antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties.

• Dilute two parts apple cider vinegar in one part water.

• Apply this solution on the affected area using a clean cotton ball. Cover the area with a bandage or tape.

• Repeat this simple remedy for a few weeks. Within a few days, the warts will start turning black. Soon after, the warts will fall off leaving a small mark that will gradually vanish.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is highly acidic in nature and hence can help wear the wart away and also fight the virus itself.

• Crush two to three vitamin C tablets in a bowl.

• Add a little water and mix it to form a fine paste.

• Rub the paste on your warts and cover the area with a bandage. Initially it will cause some burning sensation, but it will quickly go away.

Hot Water Soak

Soaking warts in slightly hot water will soften them and help them to heal quickly. A hot water soak will also help fight the virus and prevent infection. Plain hot water is fine, but some white vinegar or Epsom salt can also be added to make the treatment more effective.

Before following this remedy, slough the affected skin area with an emery board or pumice stone for best results. Also, make sure the water is not too hot to prevent burning your skin.

Baking Soda

Due to the antiseptic and strong anti-inflammatory properties present in baking soda, it can help combat viruses that cause warts.

• Mix one teaspoon of white vinegar with baking soda to make a thick paste. Dab the paste on your warts twice a day (once in the morning and once at night).

• You can also mix baking soda and castor oil together to form a paste. Apply it to the wart and cover the area with a bandage. Leave it on overnight and remove the bandage the next morning. Repeat this remedy for several days, until the wart is gone.

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is known for its anti-inflammatory properties that can be very effective in treating warts.

• Extract the gel from an aloe vera leaf.

• Apply the fresh aloe vera gel on your wart using a clean cotton ball. Then use a bandage or tape to hold the cotton ball over the wart.

• Repeat the process twice daily for two weeks.

If you do not have an aloe vera plant at home, you can buy aloe vera gel at the drug store and rub it on the wart several times a day.

Banana Peel

Banana peels have strong antioxidant properties that can successfully treat warts. The chemicals and oils present in the banana peel will dissolve the wart and help your immune system fight off the virus that caused it.

• Cut a piece of banana peel and tape it over your wart. Do this as often as you can and especially before going to bed, leaving it on overnight. For faster results, use green banana peels rather than peels from ripe bananas.

• You can also rub the affected area gently with a fresh slice of banana. Depending on the size and type of wart, you may have to repeat this remedy for several days to several weeks.


Basil leaves have antiviral, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that help treat warts naturally.

• Simply crush some fresh basil leaves gently and rub the leaves on your warts. You can also place the crushed leaves on the warts and cover it with a bandage.

• Repeat the procedure twice daily for faster improvement.

Tea tree oil

Tea tree oil has strong antiviral properties, making it a great natural ingredient to treat warts.

• Tea tree oil is very strong so dilute it with water or aloe vera gel before using it on the affected skin area.

• Apply the diluted tea tree oil on your warts several times during the day and especially at night before going to bed.

The oil is easily absorbed by the skin, so it will immediately fight the virus causing this problem.

Put a potato on it

There doesn’t seem to be a set reason why, but one of the most common natural remedies for warts you will hear about is rubbing a potato on it. There’s not a whole lot of scientific backing to this theory, but over the centuries people have stuck to it and have found success. 


Peel a potato and cut a round slice off of it. Rub the slice on your wart 3 times a day, and if you find yourself resting, lay the peeled skin (potato-ey side down) over the wart for as long as possible. You can also bandage the potato to the toe and leave it on until the wart it gone, changing bandage daily.

Slather honey on it

Organic Manuka honey, harvested in New Zealand, is perhaps the best to use. It is one of the most potent types of honey in terms of the concentration of its antibacterial/antiviral properties. It is also quite stable, unlike some other kinds of honey, so it can withstand temperature fluctuation without losing its benefits. In addition to this, it creates a sort of “occlusion therapy” which is essentially depriving the wart of oxygen and killing it (the theory behind duct tape, but honey is much better than adhesive.) Verify that you are getting true Manuka honey from a reliable source before purchasing.


File away the wart if you can, and then cover it thoroughly in a thick layer of honey and wrap a piece of cloth around it. Leave it like this for 24 hours, changing the bandage and reapplying the honey daily.

Soak in Pineapple Juice

Pineapple juice softens the wart. It has a high level of acidity, and a special enzyme to dissolve and eat away at the wart. It will sting at first!


2-3 times a day, soak your wart in pure pineapple juice for 3-5 minutes. Afterwards, pat the area completely dry. Filing before doing this might make the area a little too sensitive, in which case, steer clear of it.

Hopefully one of these natural remedies will help alleviate your warts. If not, you can always seek medical advice.







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