Around 25% of the population have warts at some point in their lives. Though they’re harmless, they are generally caused by human papillomavirus (HPV) and are highly contagious. They’re mainly identified by their appearance on the skin in the form of a blister, or some kind of thickness. The virus can spread to other parts of the body through scratching a wart, biting nails, sucking fingers, or shaving face or legs.
Warts usually occur on fingers or hands. The symptoms include small and fleshy bumps, white or pink colored flesh, rough skin, and bumps sprinkled with black pinpoints which are clotted blood vessels. Warts can be prevented by avoiding contact with an infected person, avoid touching your own warts, and carefully wash your hands if you mistakenly touch warts on your own body. There are some remedies to treat warts and even preventing the same.
Below are some natural remedies you can follow to prevent and treat warts.
- 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. It can work best if some Epsom salt or white vinegar is added to the water.
- Garlic: Garlic has antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties that fight viral infections. It can be either consumed directly or garlic paste can be applied to warts.
- Vitamin C: Vitamin C is highly acidic in nature and hence can help wear the wart away and also fight the virus itself. To consume vitamin C, its best to use vitamin C tablets.
- Apple cider vinegar: Apple cider vinegar also has antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties. Since warts are an outward infection, a solution prepared with water and apple cider vinegar can be applied to the affected part.
- Baking soda: Due to the antiseptic and strong anti-inflammatory properties present in baking soda, it can help combat viruses that cause warts. A paste mixing white vinegar and baking soda can be applied to the affected parts.
- Basil: Basil leaves have antiviral, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that help treat warts naturally. Crush some basil leaves gently and rub them over the skin, or some leaves can be placed over the affected part and cover them with a bandage.
- Tea tree oil: Tea tree oil has strong antiviral properties, making it a great natural ingredient to treat warts. The oil is easily absorbed by the skin, so it will immediately fight the virus causing this problem.
- Banana peels: 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 banana peel and tape it over the affected skin.
- Aloe Vera: Aloe Vera is known for its anti-inflammatory properties that can be very effective in treating warts. The gel can be extracted from Aloe Vera leaves and applied to the infection.
- Castor oil: Pure cold-pressed castor oil can be used to cure various skin disorders, including warts. The main component of castor oil is ricinoleic acid, which is known to have anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.