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While warts are harmless, they can be really unsightly, painful and never seem to go away in a timely manner. Plus warts are embarrassing if they’re visibly noticeable to others. But there’s good news. There are several ways to get rid of warts, including remedies you can do at home. Eat This, Not That! Health talked with experts who reveal their tricks for getting rid of warts and explain what causes them. Read on—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Sure Signs You’ve Already Had COVID.
What to Know About Warts
Warts are highly contagious and can spread from towels or razors, Dr. Naheed A. Ali, MD, PhD with USA RX says, “Warts are benign bumps that form on the skin and develop when human papillomavirus (HPV) enters into a cut in the skin and causes an infection. Children are more prone to having warts than adults because they get a lot of cuts to their bodies but anyone can be susceptible to this virus. Warts are common and can come in a variety of shapes and sizes. They are most commonly found on your hands and feet but can also appear on your face or neck. Warts are harmless but can be unsightly and sometimes painful. Warts can be treated at home and with a few natural remedies, but it may take several weeks and a lot of patience.Some people are more prone to getting warts than others. Wearing loose clothing and staying out of wet conditions are key factors to preventing warts. Natural remedies are a great way to treat warts when traditional medicine fails.”
Cayenne Pepper Sauce
Dr. Ali reveals, “Cayenne pepper has been used in medicine for centuries and has been proven to be an effective wart remover. This spice can be found in most supermarkets. Make a paste by mixing the pepper with water. Apply the paste two times a day for two weeks. Warts will begin to change colors and shrink significantly over this time period.”
“Crack one egg and gently scrub the white and the yolk over the warts with a toothbrush,” explains Dr. Ali. “Do this twice per day for two weeks. The egg will create a protective layer over the wart that will need to be washed away with soap and water after two weeks.”
According to Dr. Ali, “Onions are a natural antiseptic that can be applied to the skin to kill bacteria and reduce the risk of infection. Apply onion to the wart and cover it with a bandage. Leave the onion on the wart for two weeks, and then repeat this process every two weeks for two more weeks.”
Hot Water Cure
“Fill a pot halfway with water and bring it to a boil,” says Dr. Ali. “Place a wart in the boiling water for about three minutes, or until the wart starts to hurt. Immediately place a cold compress on top of the wart. Repeat this process three times daily for two weeks.”
“Baking soda is a cheap, natural remedy that can be used to gently scrub off warts,” states Dr. Ali. “To use baking soda as a remover, mix a half teaspoon of baking soda with a cup of water. Dip a cotton ball in the solution, and then apply it to the wart to soak it. Allow the cotton ball to sit on the wart for about 15 minutes, or until you’re ready to remove it. Use a cotton ball, gauze pad, or toilet paper to gently rub the baking soda away. Repeat this process twice a day for two weeks. These 5 natural ways to remove warts will help you get rid of those unsightly bumps on your hands and feet. Remember not to overreact to your warts and remember that they are harmless. If you are unable to remove them yourself or would like to speak with a doctor about treatment options, be sure to visit your local doctor.”
Dr. Leann Poston M.D., M.B.A., M.Ed.with Invigor Medical says, “Cryotherapy
Freezing a wart is the standard for removing one. Liquid nitrogen is applied until the wart is frozen. Unfortunately, though the procedure is short, it can be painful. It frequently needs to be repeated because warts can extend fairly deeply into the skin. Typically, a blister will form after the procedure and the dead tissue will fall off.”
Dr. Poston says, “Especially for children, cryotherapy may not work because, after the first application, they refuse a second one. Try duct tape. Apply a small piece of duct tape over the wart. Leave it on for 3 to 5 days. The skin under the duct tape will become soft and macerated. After removing the duct tape, use an emery board or a pumice stone to remove the superficial layers of the skin. The next day, apply another piece of duct tape. Continue the cycle until the wart is completely gone. This method takes longer, but it is painless.”
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