Warts, is there any person who wouldn’t just hate them? They are ugly and sometimes and also quite painful, definetely something what you do not want to have on your body especially at places where they can be seen, but generally just everywhere. There are many methods how to get rid of them, some medical some home remedies and in this article you can find those that works the best. Here you will find only methods that are so popular and tried by some many people, that you can be absolutely sure they work.
What Are Warts?
First it is important to understand that there is not just one kind of warts, in fact there are around 60 different strains of human papillomavirus (HPV) which causes warts and there are also several different types.Warts are in fact benign tumors of human epidermis which are caused by HPV. Most common types are:
- palmer warts – these are warts located on your palms
- plantar warts – these are warts that appears on the bottom of your foot
- flat warts – mostly you can find these flat warts on face and neck
- genital warts – warts that appears on genitals and so can spread from person to person very easily through sex. Using a condom can help except many other sexually transmitted diseases against genital warts as well.
The best is of course if you never get warts, so prevention is the most important piece of the puzzle. Never share deodorants that touch the skin with anyone else, do not share soap, towels, socks and especially never share razors. When you are at public places like sauna, swimming pool, gym locker room and any similar places, always wear some footwear. If you will do all this, then the chance you will ever see wart on your skin is very low.
Warts can spread very easily so if you already have one or more, do not ever touch it, because they can spread this way to another part of your body or you can even infect someone else. If you already did touch it, wash your hands immediately. Very cautious you should be especially if you are shaving around them, if you cut it it can spread even much easier than if you just touch it.
How Warts Look?
Usually they grow out of the skin in cylindrical columns. On thicker skin these columns fuse and are packed really tightly making the surface look like some mosaic. Wart (except the small, flat warts) usually have broken surface filled with tiny red or black dots. Many people do not know what it is and you can sometimes find quite crazy theories on the web, but those are just blood vessels – not seeds.
Warts Do Not Have Roots
For some reason it is very popular that warts have some kind of roots. Maybe its because sometimes it is so hard to get rid of them that people belive they must have some deep roots and that is why they so often come back even when it seems you destroyed them completely.
The truth is that warts only in epidermis, which is the top layer of skin. When the wart grows deeper, it displaces the send layer of skin, the dermis, but does not grow into it. there are simply no roots, underside of warts are smooth.
Well, if you read this article, most likely you already have problem with warts, so lets take look at some methods how you can get rid of them, but its importnat to mention here that all people are different and there are also around 60 different strains of warts, so very likely there is no universal method. If you are lucky first method you try will work, if no, just continue with another.
I think that the personal experience is always the best so that is the reason why I have decided to put this method on the first place.
This is method that helped me to get rid of warts easily, without any pain and quite fast. I love this method especially because it is so cheap, easy and without any pain.
You will need garlic and vinegar. Put cloves of garlic into vinegar and leave it for at least week (but it can be in vinegar for much longer) in fridge. After week you can start with treatment. Cut piece of garlic of same size as wart or slightly smaller, so it does not touch healthy skin and put it on the wart. Than put a band aid on it so the garlic cannot move. Garlic is really strong so it will burn anything it touches for longer time period and if it were touching your healthy skin, it could severly burn it, so be careful. You can leave it there just over night every day or you can wear the band aid with garlic under it even during day if it is possible.
After week or two it should kill the wart, the wart will fall of and after healing you should have normal skin at that place again. This helped me getting rid of ugly wart at my hand and I have also read many other success stories all over internet, however there are also plenty people to which it did not work. That is most likely, because there are so many kind of warts and it probably works only against some strains of HPV.
2) Salycilic Acid
Very common treatment of warts is salycilic acid, but unfortunately there still many people who says it does not work. Problem with salycilic acid is that it is very important to use it every day and use it right.
I have searched the web to find what is the best way how to use it. Well, there will be some pain. Best is to pare the warts first before applying the acid with pumice stone, scrub brush or blade. you must be extremely cautious by doing this and not let anything from warts touch any other part of your body or might soon find there another wart.
It is also great idea to soak the wart first in warm water, because soaking it makes it much easier to absorb the salycilic acid. Then apply the salycilic acid and let it dry. You always should protect surrounding healthy skin so the acid cannot touch it. If you use liquid form, then protect the surrounding skin with petroleum jelly. This acid you can find in several different products and also in different forms. Again, important is to use it really DAILY.
This is probably the most comfortable, safe and effective form of salycilic acid:
3) Freezing (Cryotherapy)
Also very popular, but unfortunately sometimes also quite painful way how to get rid of warts. Principle is in fact extremely simple. Freeze kills affected cells and blood vesssels that feed the wart, but it does not kill the HPV. HPV itself is actually killed by your own immune system. After some time the freeze is applied (usually by using liquid nitrogen – Like in Terminator 2 movie, but quite smaller amount), blister will form and fall off. This therapy is however succesful only in 60% of cases.
This is very popular product that uses freeze for wart removing:
Here is cheap version of this I have found at one internet forum by some Brye:
“BEST wart remedy I have found that is cheap and effective, I frequently get little tiny warts on my elbow and pinky finger. I think it has to do with working in a shop, I have found that buying dry ice (meijer sells it, few $$ a pound) and smashing the bag on the concrete to make small chunks of which you then wrap in a cloth or use thick gloves to pick up and then directly and carefully apply the ice directly to the the wart and push down hard, cheap and very effective and the same thing they do at the dermatologist except they use liquid nitrogen and charge a fortune.”
4) Duct Tape
It might soound weird, but there is in fact serious study from 2002 that says duct tape therapy is succesful in about 85% of cases. It does not have really be duct tape, normal adhesive tape should work also.
Wrap the wart completely with 3-4 layers of duct tape. It is important that the wrap is tight, but just not too much. Wear it for week and then remove it for like 12 hours. then reapet the process until the wart is gone.
It does not probably what duct tape will you choose, here is one good: