Wart removal home remedies are a great resort to expensive therapies for the estimated 20-40 million Americans carrying the underlying papillomavirus at any given time. While not all natural cures have been scientifically proven to work, there are several which have been experimentally validated to be efficacious.
Home Wart Remedies
One of the more common home remedies for warts is to treat the wart with a salicylic acid preparation. These preparations are available as creams or patches, which are applied to the wart daily after soaking the wart in warm water for 10-20 minutes. The salicylic acid will cause the infected skin to flake off, and the affected area will show improvement in about 1-2 weeks. Another common remedy is the duct tape treatment. This consists of cleaning the wart with water and filing off dead skin on or around the wart, and then applying either duct or electrical tape to the wart. The tape is left on for six to six and a half days, and then removed for 12-24 hours, during which time the wart is cleaned again. For this treatment to work, the tape must seal off the wart completely for the entire six day period, which can be quite difficult depending on where the wart is located.
Other Natural Wart Remedies
Certain vitamins, such as vitamin A and vitamin E, can be made into pastes and applied directly to the wart, or onto a band-aid placed on the wart. These pastes usually involve high concentrations of vitamins which can be harmful if swallowed, which is why only topical use is recommended for vitamins used in this way. One study showed that Tagamet taken daily at a dose of 30 mg/Kg over the course of a few weeks reduced warts, and while the exact mechanism behind this treatment is unknown, it is thought that it may stimulate the body’s immune system to get rid of the wart papillomavirus. Applying Castor oil directly to a wart for a period of three to four weeks has also been reported by some people to remove warts.
Quote: “Herbs to use internally to get rid of warts include burdock root, cleavers herb, dandelion root, Echinacea root, nettles leaf, and peppermint herb, all of which help to detoxify the body.”
Source:Mars, Brigitte, and Chrystle Fiedler. The Country Almanac of Home Remedies: Time-Tested & Almost-Forgotten Wisdom for Treating Hundreds of Common Ailments, Aches & Pains Quickly and Naturally. Beverly, MA: Fair Winds Press, 2011. Print.
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