Natural Wart Removal
Warts are uncontrolled growth of lesions on the skin and are caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). Despite the fact that they can affect any body part, they are most commonly found on hands and feet. The most frequent warts encountered are flat warts, genital warts and plantar warts. Warts are a regular skin infection and they eventually go away on their own. They take sufficient time to grow and can be easily detected. But if ignored persistently, they can turn cancerous. Around 70% of all cervical cancers are caused by HPV. (1)
There are numerous ways to treat warts. A patient may choose over-the-counter treatment or professional surgical removal. Besides these modern age treatments, natural cures for warts are also available. People prefer natural remedies to professional treatments. The main reason behind this is the steep fees for a surgical treatment and the fear of scars left after incision. Also, surgical treatment may have to be repeated if the warts return to haunt again. These reasons tip the scale in favour of natural remedies.
A person having a good immune system can easily resist HPV infection. So, proper diet which strengthens the immune system should be followed. Vitamin C rich foods like oranges, citrus fruits and spinach are advised to patients. Besides vitamin C rich foods, other foods are also believed to help cure warts. Diet rich in mushrooms (Reishi, Maitake and Shiitake) and Aloe Vera extracts is also prescribed by dieticians.
A few methods of natural wart removal have been listed below:
· Apple-Cider Vinegar treatment:
It is the most widely used and inexpensive treatment for common and flat warts. The acidic content of the vinegar actually helps to remove the wart. The vinegar is soaked in the skin surrounding the wart and due to acid, the skin gradually peels off. This treatment should not be used for genital warts as they are sexually transmitted and should be treated by a doctor.
This method can be used in two ways. The first is to mix some vinegar in a cup of warm water and then apply gently on the warts affected area. The warts will disappear slowly but its application might cause irritation on the skin. The second method involves applying the mixture of vinegar and warm water for a longer period of time, usually overnight. This treatment takes time and must be continued until the wart peels off by itself.
· Lemon/lime juice Treatment:
Lemon juice is also highly acidic in nature. The application method is similar to the apple cider vinegar method. You can soak a cotton ball in lime water and then apply it overnight on wart. This is a slow process and must be done for weeks until the wart can fade away itself.
· Chinese Herbs:
Natural Chinese herbs (2) like Zi Su Ye, Jin Yin Hua and Ban Lan Gen are also effective in treating warts. Paste of these herbs is applied on the warts for some time during the day. Regular treatment can get rid of the wart. Though, more studies on its effectiveness are currently underway.
· Waterproof Tape:
This remedy may not be purely natural but can be easily used at home. The idea behind this treatment is to cut off oxygen supply to the virus and the wart will die itself. A waterproof tape or a duct tape can be used to cover the affected area. Seal the area properly and cut off all the air supply to the wart. This method must be used for minor warts as it takes months to treat warts.
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