With the long queue for a doctor's appointment, you may suddenly find yourself searching for easy home remedies to treat a warts or skin tag that has seemingly appeared out of nowhere.
Your search for a simple cure turns up strange ideas such as using pineapple juice, bleach, baking soda, basil, apple cider vinegar or even toothpaste.
After that, there are instructions like rubbing the wart with the inside of the banana peel, burning your wart with a match or poking it with a needle.
Hold up! Before you even try experimenting with these, be sure to at least consult your dermatologist especially if you have acute warts and have sensitive skin.
In this video, Dr. Eric Berg explains the importance of knowing the causes of warts and skin tags. Essentially, these skin tags or warts are often linked to HPV (Human papillomavirus).
What are natural ways to get rid of warts?
For those of you looking for natural ways to get rid of warts, here are a few natural wart remedy, as well as tips on reducing the possibility of catching them.
With just a few simple ingredients easily found in your kitchen, you can try these home remedies for warts:
1. Apple cider vinegar
It's no secret that apple cider vinegar is a popular ingredient in skincare. There is evidence that it is an acetic acid that kills bacteria and viruses, which may be why it is effective for warts. Similarly to salicylic acid, it also burns and destroys the infected skin, causing warts to fall off.
You can apply it as a compress by dipping a piece of cotton in apple cider vinegar and putting it on. Apply a bandage over it and leave it on overnight. Take it off the following morning. Do this every day until the warts have disappeared.
Several studies support garlic is an effective alternative natural treatment for warts. Its antiseptic, antibiotic, antiallergenic, and anti-inflammatory properties will destroy pathogen enzymes and treat warts.
How to remove warts with garlic? You need to mince fresh garlic and squeeze out the juice. Put a pinch of baking soda into a paste and cover it with a clean bandage. Change it every day for a week.
3. Banana peel
Using banana skin to naturally weed off warts? Study shows that banana skin is a great candidate to naturally treat warts, its potassium content is known to help fight off human papillomavirus (HPV), a common virus which causes genital warts. With its antimicrobial and antiviral properties, it may help ward off the virus.
4. Aloe vera
Okay, not everyone may have aloe vera in their garden these days but the endless amount of wonders aloe vera can do with your skin and help alleviate that persistent wart problem of yours may want to make you take that little garden trowel and get started planting!
Aloe Vera contains a high concentration of malic acid, which can treat warts effectively. Moreover, aloe vera may help alleviate itching and pain from warts that are inflamed or infected.
The plant's leaf can be used to make aloe vera gel. The gel should be applied daily to warts. Together with banana skin, applying them daily will help speed up the process.
5. Onion juice
In addition to its antimicrobial properties, onion juice can inhibit the growth of viruses and bacteria.
How to remove warts on the face naturally? Peel the outer skin of a small onion and pound it in a mortar and pestle. Apply to the affected areas of your skin daily for the best results.
Traditionally, food seems to play a central role in healing. Potatoes are one of the most popular wart remedies. Slice a small potato in half and rub it on the wart until it is covered with potato juice. This should be done daily until the warts have disappeared.
7. Tea tree oil
Using tea tree oil works well for removing warts. Due to its antiviral and antibacterial properties, tea tree oil may help you get rid of warts. A study has found that this oil activates the immune system's white blood cells. When tea tree oil is applied to warts, it may activate white blood cells to fight them.
8. Baking soda
Baking soda's antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties reduce inflammation and pain at the wart site. By adding castor oil, the burning sensation afterward is reduced, which is why it is highly effective for treating warts.
Combine one to two drops of castor oil with one tablespoon of baking soda. Apply this paste daily on the affected area until the warts fall off.
It is important to always conduct a patch test before using any of these products to ensure you do not develop an allergic reaction.
Also, warts are still best avoided, so make sure you don't share towels or personal items as they're usually transmitted indirectly through contaminated surfaces, such as swimming pools, especially when the skin is wet or damaged.
9. Dandelion weed
Dandelions are often considered a pesky weed by many people. In ancient Chinese and Middle Eastern medicine, dandelion is used as a medicine. Dandelion's milk or sap is an effective treatment for skin ailments such as warts.
In a 2011 study, the dandelion extract was linked to increased collagen production, decreased inflammation, and soothed irritation. Dandelions are also antimicrobial, according to an analysis carried out in 2012.
Try this method by breaking apart a dandelion and squeezing out the sticky sap. Rub it on the wart once or twice a day for at least two weeks.
Pick one of the natural remedies to get rid of warts at a time and consistently apply it to experience the best results.