What are Warts?
Viruses of the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) family have largely been found to cause Warts. Warts are common skin infections resulting in thickening of the top layer of the skin. It has been observed that certain individuals are more resistant to these viruses as compared to others. The most common sites of this viral infection are fingers, hands and feet.
Warts are mostly painless and harmless (unless bumped) but contagious in nature. They can be classified as Common Warts, Filiform Warts, Plantar Warts and Flat Warts depending on the characteristics of Warts. Common Warts are generally found on the knees, hands, fingers and elbows and are characterized by dome-shaped small bumps with a rough surface.
Filiform Warts are mostly flesh-colored Warts that mostly appear on the face (near the eyes, nose or lips). These long narrow Warts can be easily cured. Plantar Warts develop as small Warts on the sole of the foot that can ultimately grow to cover most part of the sole.
Flat Warts are smooth and flat Warts that can be pink, yellow or light brown in color. They may appear individually or in clusters on face, neck, wrists, hands, knees or other parts of the body and are often difficult to treat.
Chemical preparations, freezing methods, surgery and laser treatment etc are the most common conventional methods of Wart treatment. Under normal circumstances, Warts tend to go away on their on in weeks, months or years.
Still, application of natural home remedies for Warts serve as a great means to safely eliminate Warts. The ones that appear on the genital areas are usually difficult to treat and hence require a different procedure. Plus, they may recur.
Causes and Symptoms of Warts
As already mentioned, Warts are caused by Human Papillomavirus. In fact, over a hundred subtypes of this virus exist. The virus can spread from one individual to another through small breaks in the skin. The same procedure applies to the spread of the infection to other parts of the body. A warm and moist environment promotes the growth of this viral infection.
Immunity is another factor that can not be ignored. Individual that are habitual to the ritual of nail biting are at an increased risk of developing Periungual Warts resulting in the loss of cuticle.
Common Warts are light grey, yellow or brown in color. They are generally painless but could cause mild pain if they happen to develop on a weight bearing area like feet. Giant Planter Warts tend to cover a large area of the sole and cause a great deal of pain and discomfort.
On the other hand, Flat Warts, though common, generally do not cause any problematic symptoms. Though most of the Warts are considered painless, still repeated friction and pressure may result in pain and discomfort.
Natural Home Remedies for Warts
• Applying the milky juice extracted from fresh figs on the affected area at regular intervals throughout the day is one of the most popular and equally effective natural home remedies for Warts. Continue this natural remedy for at least two weeks for encouraging results.
• Placing freshly crushed garlic cloves on the Warts are highly beneficial in the treatment of this ailment within a week. Garlic juice is also effective in healing Warts naturally with one or two week’s time.
• Take a piece of raw onion and rub it on the affected area. The action of rubbing stimulates blood circulation and onion juice helps cure the skin condition. Following this simple home remedy for about a week or two is sure to be beneficial. Onion can also be applied in combination with salt, aloe juice or apple cider vinegar.
• Castor oil and oil extracted from the shell of cashew nuts are excellent therapeutic home remedies for Warts removal. Castor oil should be applied generously on the affected skin for about a month to solve this problem.
• Regularly placing a slice of potato on the affected area helps to cure Warts naturally within two weeks.
• Applying juice extracted from cauliflower is yet another valuable home remedy to get rid of Warts.
• Aloe vera extract two to three times a day for at least one week to reduce the discomfort and heal the skin. Tea tree oil is also beneficial in curing Warts affected skin.
• Simply rubbing banana peels on the affected area serves as one of the easiest possible natural home remedies for Warts’ treatment. Papaya and pineapple slices can also be applied.
• Extract some juice from marigold leaves and apply this juice over the Warts to safely and successfully cure Warts at home. Sap obtained from the stem of this plant is also effective in dealing with this infectious disease.
• Powdered bulb of Indian Squill herb has been found helpful in the treatment and removal of Warts to a great extent.
• Squeeze the milky juice out of the dandelion weed and apply it on the affected area two to three times on a daily basis. Regular application of this juice serves as one of the most valuable natural home remedies for Warts.
• Applying a solution of chalk powder mixed in water is a rather odd yet effective remdy.
Diet for Warts
Apart from applying onion and garlic externally on the wound, increasing their consumption internally is also beneficial in getting rid of Warts as naturally as possible. Moreover, include more citrus fruits in the diet to eliminate the infection and help repair the damaged skin.
Fruit juices like that of pineapples, grapes, pears oranges, papayas, apples, and mangoes facilitate the process of healing. Asparagus is also recommended in this regard. In addition, green tea helps to cope up with the infection internally.