Warts are small benign skin growths caused by the human papilloma virus, known as HPV. Although harmless, warts are unsightly, can persist for years, and spread. Fortunately there are several excellent home remedies that can make your warts go away. Before we get to those, however, let’s better understand what we are talking about.
The human papilloma virus is actually a broad category that contains multiple strains of the human papilloma virus. Warts can be found singly, or in clusters, and they may spread in areas of the skin that are prone to dampness (for example, around the finger nails of those who are prone to biting their nails with their teeth).
There are four principle types of warts:
- Common warts, which appear on one’s hands, fingers, and toes;
- Plantar warts, which appear on the soles of one’s feet;
- Genital warts, which are a sexually transmitted infection (for which there is now a vaccine); and
- Flat warts, which may appear in body locations that one shaves frequently
Fortunately, there are some excellent home remedies if you are suffering from a wart. Of course, there are a number of over-the-counter treatments, but they may not be right for everyone. Still, over-the-counter remedies are definitely worth keeping in mind. So, too, are the treatments a dermatologist can offer. The most common of these are cryo treatments that use liquid nitrogen to freeze the wart and surrounding skin, which destroys the human papilloma virus and causes new, healthy skin to grow underneath. Cryo treatments can be painful, however.
Home remedies for warts have a fundamental principle in common: suffocating or distressing the wart so that the human papilloma virus cannot thrive. Not all home remedies work, or work as well, for each individual. It is also important to remember not to harm the healthy skin around the wart when trying home remedies. With all that said, the following remedies may be helpful:Start slideshow