BE GOOD TO YOUR FEET: Home Remedies for Plantar Warts that Works Wonders
What is a Plantar Wart?
A plantar wartis a small growth on the foot that develops when the skin is infected by the human papillomavirus (HPV). Medically referred to as“Verrucas,” these non-cancerous skin outgrowths can develop anywhere on the foot, but typically they appear on the bottom (plantar side) of the foot. Plantar warts can be brown or black in color, hard and flat or bumpy, andcan also grow in clusters.The latter are known as mosaic warts. Although they are harmless and usually disappear on their own in a few days, warts can sometimes be quite painful an irritating, and require immediate treatment. Children, especially teenagers, tend to be more susceptible to warts than adults.
As mentioned above, the human papillomavirus (HPV), which can penetrate the skin through cuts and bruises, is the most common cause of this skin condition. This highly contageous virus is often found in communal showers, public swimming pools, and can spread even through touching. Moreover, sharing athletic or gym facilities, or performing any group activity barefoot, such as yoga or martial arts, puts you at a higher risk of getting infected with this virus. Also, infection can be contracted through sharing personal items, like razors and towels.
The most common symptoms of plantar warts can include:
Thickened skin. Often a plantar wart resembles a callus because of its tough, thick tissue.
Pain. Walking and standing may be painful. Squeezing the sides of the wart may also cause pain.
Tiny black dots. These often appear on the surface of the wart. The dots are actually dried blood contained in the capillaries (tiny blood vessels).
Natural Home Remedies for Plantar Warts
There are many folk remedies that have proved beneficial in removing plantar warts naturally. These are some of them:
1. Duct Tape
This is a highly efficient method of removing warts. First, you soak the wart in warm water then cover it with duct tape, and then exfoliate the wart-affected area. Finally, cover the wart with the tape for about 6 days. Don’t forget to soak your feetevery time before removing the tape. Continue with this treatment for a few months or until the wart is comletely removed.
2. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar has proved to be one of the best all-natural treatments for plantar warts. Simply, dip a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar and apply it on the wart. Cover it with a duct tape. Replace it once in every couple of days. Soak your feet in warm water every time you remove the tape.
3. Banana Peel
Put the inner part of banana peel on the wart and simply fix it with a tape.
4. Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is another efficient folk remedy for plantar warts, especially those on your toes. Apply it frequently to get the desired results.
Crush some onion and apply its juice on the plantar wart. This is another simple method of treating plantar warts effectively.
6. Lemon Essential Oil
A few drops of lemon essential oil on the plantar wart usedfor a few days in a rowcan do wonders for your condition.
7. Aloe Vera Gel
Extract some fresh aloe vera gel and apply it heavily on the affected area as it is quickly absorbed by the skin. Apply it several times a day every day covering it with a tape or bandage until the wart dries off.
The anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties of garlic are extremely efficient in removal of plantar warts.Just cut a thin slice of garlic and put it on the wart. Fix it with a bandage. Optionally, you can press a garlic oil capsule on the plantar wart. Keep applying it for a month until the wart disappears completely.
9. Salicylic Acid
Salicylic acid is the most common treatment of warts. For one thing, there are many wart-removal products available on the market
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