Thursday, April 12, 2012

Home Remedies for Plantar Warts

I'm still going to the doctor on the 19th of this month to talk to him about my feet. I truly think I need arch supports for my shoes.
I've never had an issue with warts until recently. I got one stubborn one that hurts like crazy.

Planar warts are the product of HPV (human papilloma virus) according to the Mayo Clinic. They are not a fungus as some might suspect. The virus can enter the skin through cracks or cuts. 

I was looking online for ways to make them go away with natural products. I ran across an article that has really great tips:

Apple Cider Vinegar Treatment
  • Soak your foot in warm water. I find that a plastic bin works well. 
  • Apply petroleum jelly around the wart. Don't put it on the wart.
  • Apply apple cider vinegar to a cotton ball. Put the cotton ball on the wart with medical or Duct tape. Leave on for up to a day. The wart will start to turn black, raise up and fall off. Continue for 7 to 10 days after the wart has been removed in order to ensure that it does not come back!
Tea Tree Oil Treatment

The Encyclopedia of Chemistry states that tea tree oil, a proven anti-fungal agent, has also been demonstrated in some studies to have anti-viral properties as well.
  • Apply the tea tree oil to the wart through the same process used above for the apple cider vinegar treatment, from petroleum jelly right down to the duct tape.
  • Tea tree oil can be harsh, so if you experience any adverse skin reaction to it, such as swelling, rash or itch, discontinue use.
Food Treatment

Some foods that are recommended for treating plantar warts are garlic, potatoes, lemon peel, banana peel, and onions. You don't eat these foods to get rid of the warts, you cut them in half or cut them open and rub them on the wart.
  • The lemon and banana peel can be taped to the wart, just as you tape the vinegar or tea tree cotton ball. 
  • The other items you simply rub on the wart several times a day.

1 comment:

  1. When I was a kid, I had terrible warts, so did my sisters. They hung around and then one day, they were gone. Not sure how I got rid of them, but thank goodness they left.

    I love trying home remedies. A lot of the old folks knew a lot more than we think they did.