In general, warts are considered harmless. Even in some cases, the problem can resolve spontaneously. However, it will take a long to improve naturally without any treatment. This can be one of reasons why some sufferers look for the treatment. How about herbal supplements and other alternative treatments – do they really help?
The problem is triggered by the viral infection – virus called the human papillomavirus (HPV). But not all kinds of HPV cause warts. There are more than 100 different kinds of this virus.
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Since the viral infection is the reason behind the problem, it is contagious and can spread to other people through direct contact ‘skin-to-skin’ or indirect contacts (such as using towel with others).
As mentioned before, some warts can improve spontaneously without treatment while others can get worse and need treatment. This can vary from sufferer to sufferer.
But in general, warts are often treated with self-care treatments. The drawback, it can take a long time to see the improvement of the problem. Typically, the wart is gone within several months or even years.
Self-care treatments include:
- First, it’s important to understand that the disease is contagious. Therefore, you need to take preventive steps to prevent it spread to others. This is also essential to prevent it from spreading to other parts of the body. See this section for in-depth information and more tips about this issue!
- Applying over-the-counters (solutions /patches) that contain substance called salicylic acid. You can buy and use them without prescription. Use them according to the package directions!
- The use of duct type! Apply a small strip over the affected skin; leave it for several days (about 6 days). Then remove it, gently soak the warts in the water and use a pumice stone to debride them! You may need to repeat this procedure until the warts are gone.
So, can you treat the problem on your own? Except genital warts and warts on face, the problem usually can be treated at home – even some can improve naturally without treatment, as noted before.
However, it’s much better to see a doctor first to get a clearly diagnosis. Sometime malignant skin growths are misidentified as warts.
It’s not clear whether there are any herbs that do have an effect in helping to treat and resolve warts. But if they do work, it seems that most of them may help by strengthening the body’s immune system.
Since some warts may resolve and disappear on their own without treatment, it’s difficult to analyze the effectiveness of some herbs. In other words, the improvement may come from herbs or it was just passage of time.
For plantar and common warts (see also types of warts), the following natural topical applications may help:
- Raw garlic & olive oil patch. Apply a thin layer of olive oil on the affected skin. Then cover it with a thin slice of fresh garlic, and bandage /tape it in place! You can use castor oil to substitute olive oil, but don’t use it for small child!
- Banana skin may also help. Apply it over the affected skin at night (before going to sleep) – tape it in place!
- Smoke therapy! Some sufferers found benefits from treating the problem with smoke form burnt leafs of a tree called ‘Populus euphratica’.
*The effectiveness of these topical options may vary from sufferer to sufferer. Stop the treatment if you get irritation on the skin or if the problem gets worse!
The following herbal supplements may help: