Flat warts are small, whitish or pinkish skin-like outgrowths on top of the skin caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). They are usually harmless, but can be frustratingly itchy and unpleasant that people want to be relieved of them. Bothered by this annoying skin problem? Worry no more for this page will present you with easy-to-follow steps to get rid of unwanted warts through the use of common items found at home.
Tip #1 – Use Crushed Garlic Clove
Simply put crushed garlic on the wart and leave it securely placed over the infected area overnight for a week. The antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic, and sulfur-rich properties of garlic are sure to curb the growth of the virus and completely eliminate the wart eventually.
Tip #2 – Use Vinegar Mixture
Another easy to make remedy to remove flat warts is a vinegar mixture. In a concoction of one part apple cider vinegar and one part water, immerse the hand/foot infected with warts. Another method of doing this without the hassle of soaking any body part is through the use of a cotton ball. Dip the cotton ball in the same vinegar mixture, bind it tightly on the wart, and allow the solution to work on the wart overnight.
Tip #3 – Use Duct Tape
Duct tape is another common household item great for removing warts. Stick it on to the wart for 6 to 10 days. The duct tape will “suffocate” the wart or “will not allow it to breathe”; this method will help stop the virus from multiplying and spreading. After peeling off the duct tape, moisten the infected skin with water and scrape the wart down. For stronger effect, apply salicylic acid on the wart before plastering the tape. Word of caution: Salicylic acid is not recommended for use for people with diabetes or circulatory problems as it may seriously irritate the skin or cause other damages to the body.
Tip #4 – Use Banana Peeling
Who would have thought eating a banana will help you take out disgusting warts? Yes, it is possible. Not the fruit, but its covering. Instead of throwing away the peeling after eating the banana, rub the peel onto the wart. What you can also do is take out a piece of the peeling and put it on the wart. Wrap it afterwards with a bandage and leave it on for the rest of the night. Repeat the procedure for a week or two. This will help soften the wart and make it easily scraped off later on.
With these four easy and low-cost treatments readily available at home, you can painlessly and effortlessly liberate yourself from the bothersome presence of flat warts on your body. Remember to carefully clean your hands and the materials you used to prevent the spreading of the virus to other parts of your body or to someone else. These methods are also not meant to remedy warts that are on the face and genitals for these areas are sensitive. However, if these home methods do not work, it is always best to consult your doctor in treating or in preparing medication for the removal of flat warts.