Warts such as common or plantar warts are very common, especially among children. It is an overgrowth of cells that usually appear on the hands, feet, and near the nails. Warts are harmless growths but tend to be quite painful, especially plantar warts. There is also another kind of warts, the genital wart, which is a bit less common. They are sexually transmitted and even more contagious than plantar warts.
How do people get warts?
Warts are contagious; you get them from a virus called the papilloma virus.
- Abrasion, friction, and repeated injuries make you skin more susceptible to warts.
- If your body’s resistance is weak when you take immuno suppressant medication for instance, it is harder to fight against this virus.
What foods can help prevent warts?
- Eat foods rich in zinc to help heal the skin and boost your immune system
- Increase foods rich in sulfur: asparagus, eggs, citrus fruit, garlic, and onions.
Avoid foods that deplete your body of essential nutrients, such as saturated fats, fried foods, simple carbohydrates, etc. Drink lots of water to cleanse your body.
What about supplements to avoid getting warts?
- Vitamin A and E heal the skin and strengthen the immune system. They can also be applied externally on the wart.
- Vitamin B is important for normal cell growth
- Vitamin C is antiviral
- L-cysteine provides sulfur
- Zinc is healing and antiviral
- Silica is a good nutrient for the skin
How to get rid of warts with herbal remedies?
- Plantain ointment helps to dry warts.
- Swedish bitters can be applied topically several times a day.
- Colloidal silver can be used internally or externally as a natural antibiotic.
- Aloe vera gel is antibacterial and antiviral and can be an effective remedy for warts.
- Black walnut tincture, tea tree oil, and oregano oil dry out warts and can be applied several times a day.
- Dandelion juice can also be applied on warts.
What are the essential oils that may be used?
Cautious: Essential oils should not be taken internally and extreme caution should be used with oils during pregnancy. Please consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using essential oils.
Any homeopathic remedies for warts?
- Antimonium crudum for plantar warts
- Dulcamara for hand warts
- Causticum for face warts
- Nitric acid for warts that bleed easily
- Thuja for soft warts
Please seek the advice of a homeopath for better results
Are there tissue salts that are used to treat warts?
The most common tissue salts for warts are:
- Kali mur
- Nat mur
- Nat sulph
What about external treatments to get rid of warts?
When using external therapy, apply on the wart only, to avoid burning the surrounding skin
- Do not touch the wart as it is very contagious
- Do not cut or burn it off yourself
- Garlic can be applied for 24 hours with a bandage. It is an effective antibacterial remedy.
- You can apply duct tape over the wart (max 2 months) and change it regularly (be careful of any allergic reactions)