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Warts Home Remedy

Signs and Symptoms of Warts

Warts Home Remedy

Warts are benign skin tumors that can appear on almost any part of the body but are commonly found on the hands or feet. They are usually pale, skin-colored growths with a rough surface and dark borders (see picture). They can grow either as single protrusions or in clusters.

Warts are very common in the general population, with almost 75% of all people experiencing them at least once in their lifetime. They can also develop at any age, with both men and women being equally susceptible.

Most warts that appear on the surface of the skin are usually not serious or painful, and as a result they are more of a cosmetic concern. However, you should still consult with your doctor if warts suddenly appear on some part of your body, if they are painful, or if they continue to reoccur.

Genital warts are also very common, particularly among young people in their early 20s. They typically occur around the genital area such as the anus, penis, scrotum, vulva, or vagina. These types of warts usually cause an itching or burning sensation, particularly during intercourse. For some women, genital warts occassionally cause abnormal vaginal bleeding, while others don't experience any symptoms for months or even years.

Causes of Warts

Warts are caused by a viral infection known as the human papillomavirus (HPV). Since the infection is on or close to the surface of the skin, the virus is contagious and can be spread when infected skin makes contact with uninfected skin. Therefore you should avoid touching a wart since it can easily be spread to other parts of your body. For the same reason, warts can also be spread when sharing clothing, towels, or other objects with an infected individual.

Home Remedies and Natural Treatments for Warts

Duct Tape

Duct tape has been known to help cure warts. The remedy takes a few days, but it has been found to be over 80% effective when treating warts on the hands and fingers:

  • Place a piece of duct tape over the wart.
  • Leave the tape over the wart for at least 6 days.
  • After 6 days, remove the tape and soak the wart in warm water for a 5 minutes.
  • Dry the wart, and repeat the 6-day process for up to two months until the wart disappears.

Many people find that a single six day cycle is usually sufficient for small warts. NOTE: It is important to avoid using this remedy on sensitive skin areas such as the genital area.

Vitamin C

Research has shown that some warts can be treated with Vitamin C. Simply take a single Vitamin C tablet, crush it into a powder, mix it with a few drops of water, and then apply the mixture directly to the wart. While the infected area is still wet, cover or wrap it with a bandage for one day. The high acidity from the Vitamin C will help to destroy the papillomavirus that is causing the wart.

Tea Tree Oil

A very effective treatment for genital warts is using Tea Tree Oil. Simply dab a cotton swab into the tea tree oil and gently apply it to the wart. Repeat this once a day for 10 days. If the treatment is effective, the wart will eventually turn white and then fall off. Note that the tea tree oil may causing a slight stinging sensation, but this is normal. Also, be sure to dispose of the used cotton swab to avoid spreading the infection to other areas.

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  1. on said:

    What type of potato should I use please? Is it the sweet potato or irish?

  2. on said:

    Do you use only TTO (Tea Tree Oil) without mixing with vitamin E or anything else?
    Any burn sensation after applying TTO?

  3. on said:

    Duct Tape is a complete waste of time!

  4. on said:

    I had warts for 3 years and my doctor prescribed me aldara cream. Now in a week they are already gone. I don't even feel pain in the area. It really worked.

  5. on said:

    I've had a GW for a few months now and boy was i made as hell that i got it. anyway I used ACV but it did not do to much for them so I thought I would try tea tree oil and I noticed within a few days it was smaller. I drop the bottle of TTO and it smashed before i had completely removed it and i noticed that when it was that time of the month the wart would activate and begin to grow... i bought some more TTO and this time I used it until the GT was gone. once I could not feel or see the wart anymore, I kept applying the TTO for another two weeks. (just to be safe it had gone) I also ran the TTO everywhere down there lightly every 3rd day, just incase there was one I had but could not see.

  6. on said:

    Try wartosin, an ayurvedic medicine from India. Just apply two times a day over the warts and after 4-5 days the warts fall off. But I don't think it can be used for genital warts.

  7. on said:

    I started trying the iodine a few days ago, 2-3. I purchased clear "Iodides Tincture" from Walmart. Is this the correct kind? Also, was your experience with Iodine successful on regular warts, plantar warts, or genital warts?

  8. on said:

    I'm surprised no one has mentioned rubbing an old quarter (one all metal - no copper line) onto a wart. I read it in the paper about 30 years ago. A doctor said the content of the metal makes the wart disappear. I tried on a wart I had for many years and within a few days it disappeared. Let us know if you try it. It even worked on a planters wart but took longer.

  9. on said:

    Many of you are making this WAY more complicated than it needs to be. Seriously, just apply iodine 3 or 4 times a day, and the wart will soon start showing some dark dots on the inside as it starts to die. It will shrink a little at a time until it disappears. Regular iodine will work just fine, a will clear iodine.

  10. on said:

    I have two remedies that have worked for me and my husband. First is for plantar and any wart on your body, other than genitals. My husband had plantar warts on his feet and regular warts on his hands. I had heard about using potato and ginger, you slice the potato very thinly so that it is flexible and dip it in ordinary powdered ginger, the kind that you bake with. Put the ginger side down onto the wart, tape or bandaid it to the skin, we did this at night before he went to bed. The warts on his hands fell off literally when he was washing his hands about 3 days later, doing this treatment each night. The plantar warts on his feet took about a week and they were gone.
    Now for genital warts, I had one at the opening of the vaginal canal, I used Tea Tree oil and a Vitamin E oil with lemon oil in it. Tea tree oil can be bought most anywhere, the vitamin E with lemon oil I bought at Sams Club. First I put the tea tree oil on a cotton ball and then put the Vitamin E and lemon oil on top of the tea tree oil. The reason I did this is the tea tree oil will burn pretty much, but the other oils make it more bearable. I used that nightly, left it on and about 4 days later the wart was gone. I had gone to my GN and he had given me a prescip that was over 400.00, I was like no way, couldn't afford that. When I called them back to say this remedy worked, the nurse wrote it down to give to others who could use it. The potato and ginger remedy really works well, it is odd but I had seen this from a 90 year old woman who had written this to a magazine and swore it worked, IT DOES! Give it a try and it is not painful in the least. Good luck!

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