A plantar wart is a type of benign skin outgrowth that develops on the sole or toes of the foot, the hands, and the genitals. This wart is caused by human papillomavirus or HPV. HPV may get into the skin through small cuts or bruises. This microbe is common in communal areas, like showers, public swimming pools, etc. Sharing contaminated personal items could also trigger an infection.
The warts appear as tiny, flat bumps with black dots in the center of each wart. The skin that surrounds the warts become thick and hard. Lesions will form on the ridges of the wart. Standing and walking can be painful if you have plantar warts on the foot bed.
Although plantar warts do not cause serious health problems, they cause unsightly bumps that are a source of embarrassment or discomfort to those who have it. And just like any viral infection, plantar warts are contagious! In today’s post, we are listing down home remedies for plantar warts:
Plantar warts are notoriously hard to remove. Once there’s an infection, these persistent warts will pop all over the feet over the course of months. You can use a duct tape to remove the warts. Start by soaking your feet in warm water to soften hardened skin and exfoliate the affected area. Pat the feet dry and stick the duct tape. Leave the duct tape on for at least 6 days. Remove the duct tape after 6 days or so and repeat the soaking and exfoliating process until the warts are gone.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is packed with fruit acids that ease natural peeling of the skin to remove warts. As the skin peels, parts of the warts peel away too.
To use apple cider vinegar to remove plantar wart, soak a cotton ball with the vinegar and apply on the affected area. Protect the surrounding skin by spreading a thin layer of petroleum jelly. Use a couple of band aids to secure the cotton ball. Leave the cotton balls once for a couple of days, then replace again every few days. You want to make sure the warts are left soaking with the vinegar for best results.
After a week of doing this, the warts will turn black. Take that as a sign that the remedy is working. Eventually, you can peel the blackened warts off with ease.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is teeming with antiviral agents that kill HPV virus and inhibit the spreading of warts to other parts of the body. To use tea tree oil, get a cotton swab and apply the tea tree essence directly on the warts. To do this right, make sure you use undiluted tea tree oil. Cover the warts with a bandage, wear it overnight and repeat over the course of a week. Eventually, the warts will start peeling off and disappearing.
Just like tea tree oil, garlic is packed with antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties. It is one of the most effective treatments for plantar warts. To use garlic as a home remedy for warts, cut thin slices of garlic and apply on freshly cleansed and exfoliated warts. Secure the garlic slices with Band-Aid or bandages. Leave the garlic on overnight and repeat over the course of a month for best results. You can also use concentrated garlic oil as an alternative to fresh garlic slices.