Warts are caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), which has over 100 types. Different types affect people in different ways, usually depending on the strength of their immune system. Some strains (like the one that causes common warts) are relatively harmless, while others can pose much more serious problems. Because warts are caused by a virus, they can be spread to other parts of your body and to other people as well. If mainstream methods have not worked for you (or you’d rather avoid treatments involving strange chemicals) try some of these straightforward home remedies for warts instead. They may not seem particularly extraordinary, but that makes them all the better in my opinion.
1. Apple Cider Vinegar
ACV is an all-star in the world of home remedies, so it’s not surprising that it’s first on a list of how to get rid of your wart. It’s simple, and many people have found success with it. It does not actually kill the virus, but because of its high acidity it attacks the “flesh” that makes up the wart, kills the physical wart itself, and allows it to peel naturally from the skin. In theory, this takes the virus with it, and it shouldn’t return anytime soon. Expect there to be some soreness/swelling in the beginning, it’s normal, but of course you can stop the treatment if it’s too much. After a few days your wart will mature to a lovely dark shade or black-this is good. Finally, it will come off. Let it come off on its own, or the core might remain.
You will need…
-Roughly 2 tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar
-Cotton balls or a piece of cotton cloth
-A bandage, gauze, or another piece of cloth
Soak a cotton ball or a piece of cotton fabric in apple cider vinegar. Allow it to saturate, and then gently press out the excess liquid so that it is not dripping all over when you apply it. Place it over your wart, and secure it with a strip of gauze or cloth. Do this every night and remove during the day-you can leave it on during the day as well! It is not instant, but the wart should die and come off within 1-2 weeks.
2. “Milk” of Milkweed
Milkweed grows wild across the world, and can be found along the road, in fields, or your backyard. While it is true that it can be toxic due to a “poison” called cardiac glycoside, it must be taken internally to have a toxic effect. Because of this, don’t keep it around kids or pets, and do not get it in your eyes. A small amount of the sap on the wart has been used as a natural remedy for centuries, and was a favorite by Native Americans. A proteolytic enzyme found in the plant is thought to “digest and dissolve” the wart.
You will need…
-A few dabs of the sap (the liquid that looks like milk)
File your wart or use a pumice stone to get it slightly exposed (no need to go crazy, just slough off a bit of the top layer). Break a few leaves off of the plant and squeeze the bottom of the stem to release more of the sap. Apply enough sap to cover your wart. Leave on and reapply as needed. If you develop any rash or skin irritation, stop and rinse off immediately! If you have sensitive skin, it may be best to steer clear of the milkweed.
3. Banana mash
Similar to milkweed, bananas contain a proteolytic enzyme that eats away at the wart.
You will need…
-1 banana peel
-something to scrap the inside of the peel with
Twice a day, scrape the whitish mush off the inside of banana peel, and apply it to your wart. Wash your hands well afterwards to keep the warts from spreading. Repeat until the wart is gone.