Those unsightly bumps that we call warts are annoying and no one wants them. An outward manifestation of the Human Papillomavirus (HPV), warts are easy to spread and can be quite a nuisance if left untreated. The good news is that oftentimes medication isn’t necessary. Rather, you can treat warts naturally! Of course, you should always speak with your physician before trying any of these methods!
Apple Cider Vinegar
Try this one on yourself before you try it on your kid, because there’s a possibility some pain will be involved. Soak a small cotton ball or bandage in apple cider vinegar, squeeze it to get the excess liquid out, and then tape it to the wart. This is an extremely effective method because apple cider vinegar is high in acidity. The acid actually attacks the flesh around it, kills the wart, and takes the virus with it. Over about 1-2 weeks, expect a little pain, and then some discoloration, and then expect it to fall off.
A less painful and more pleasant method involves bananas. Bananas contain a proteolytic enzyme in their peel that will dissolve the wart a little bit at a time over a few weeks. Scrape off the inside of a banana peel and apply the “mush” twice a day to the wart and surrounding area. You will not bandage the wart in this method, so wash your hands thoroughly after each application to prevent spreading. It’ll be a gradual change, but over time you’ll notice the wart going away.
Vitamin C + Citrus
Using Vitamin C, like apple cider vinegar, may hurt a little. It’s a similar method to the vinegar in that the acid is the primary tool used to eat away at the wart. Take a Vitamin C tablet, crush it up, and mix it with lemon or lime juice to make a paste. Take the paste and smear it on the wart every morning, and then cover it with a bandage. Another rapid natural solution, your wart should be gone in 1-2 weeks.
Another pleasant and gradual way to remove the wart is with honey. Rather than containing an acidity that painfully eats away the virus, raw honey is a thick substance that contains antibacterial properties. It’s no surprise, honey is not breathable and consistently withstands temperature changes. With this, when you smear honey on the wart and cover it with a bandaid, the honey deprives the wart of oxygen and suffocates it. Over a few weeks, it will not survive.
The other remedies have some scientific method to prove their validity and success rate. With a potato, no one really knows why it works, but it does. Simply take a slice of raw potato and rub it on the wart gently 3 times a day for about 3 weeks. Bandage it and keep it clean between rubbings. For no scientific reason whatsoever, your wart will disappear in weeks.
You don’t have to suffer from embarrassing warts, and you don’t have to pay for medicated treatments that may or may not work. Try one of these natural remedies to get your warts under control in a safe and healthy way. But remember, check with your doctor before trying of these methods!