Warts are small rough irregular growth on the skin that is usually caused by the viruses belonging to the family of Human Papillovirus (HPV). Although the infection is harmless, it is quite unpleasant to deal with, since it not only causes itching and pain but can also be a persistent skin-related issue to get rid of. Also Read: Calluses On Hand & Feet? Simple Home Remedies To Get Rid Of Ugly Corns
Though these small lumps aren’t dangerous, they can be contagious and quite embarrassing. These skin bumps can occur anywhere on your face, neck, back, arms or legs and can often affect your looks and diminish your self-confidence.
The treatments involve visiting a dermatologist who might suggest chemical peels, freezing, surgery, and laser treatments which are not only quite expensive but also sometimes lead to skin allergy and irritation. These treatments use natural acids to remove the nasty growth from the skin, but it doesn’t possibly kill the virus which might lead to a recurrence of warts.
If you are one to try some natural home remedies, which are not only cost-effective but also fight off the virus, we present you three such DIY’s to remove warts from the root.
Aloe Vera Gel and Garlic Paste
2-3 tbsp freshly scraped aloe vera gel
1-2 bulbs of garlic
1-2 mini band-aids (depending upon the number of warts)
Crush the garlic cloves.
Mix the aloe vera gel with the garlic cloves.
Apply it on warts.
Secure the paste by putting a band-aid
Keep it on overnight.
How It Works:
Packed with malic acid, aloe vera is extremely useful in treating warts. The antiviral, antibacterial and antibiotic properties of both aloe vera and garlic not only help in drying up the wart skin but also kill the bacteria causing it. Apply this daily for 2-3 weeks to get rid of warts.
Baking Powder and Castor Oil Paste
1-2 tbsp baking powder
1-2 tsp of apple cider vinegar
1-2 drops of castor oil
Mix all the ingredients into a thick paste.
Apply the paste on warts.
Cover it with duct tape on it to hold it in place.
Keep it on throughout the night.
How It Works:
The anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties of baking powder reduce pain and inflammation at the site of the wart. Apple cider vinegar being high on citric acid naturally dries and burns the excess grainy skin so that it falls off on its own. The addition of castor oil reduces the burning sensation afterwards. Use this paste daily till the wart falls off.
Lemon Juice and Tea Tree Oil Solution
1-2 tsp tea tree oil
Water as required
Squeeze the lemon to get fresh juice.
Add the tea tree oil and a teaspoon of water to it.
Dab the cotton ball into the solution and apply it directly on warts.
Add water to dilute the solution if required.
How It Works:
Lemon Juice being a powerhouse of citric acid possesses strong anti-microbial and antibacterial properties. It effectively dries the wart and helps to get rid of it. The addition of tea tree oil though causes a bit of irritation, in the beginning, is quite helpful in killing the virus and also providing a cooling sensation afterward. Also Read: Tea Tree Oil: 5 Health Benefits of This Incredible Essential Oil