7 Easy-To-Make Home Remedies For Removing Plantar Warts
February 16, 2018 15:52 By Fabiosa
What are plantar warts?
Plantar warts are warts that appear on the soles of the feet or the toes. The medical term is verrucae warts, and they are caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV). Plantar warts are very common and mostly harmless, unless they appear on the part of the foot which is used to lean on while walking. In this case, they are painful and often itchy.
Human papilloma virus thrives in moist areas, such as swimming pools and locker rooms. The virus is highly contagious and can be transferred through contact or water, especially if you have a crack or a small wound on your feet. HPV attacks the epithelium layer of the skin, feeding on skin cells and nearby blood vessels. Sometimes, a dark spot can be seen on top of the wart, which is the blood vessel that has been pulled close to the surface.
Plantar warts can appear on anyone, but people with a weak immune system such as children have an increased risk factor. Also, if you've had this condition before, you are more likely to develop it again.
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Due to similarity, plantar warts are often mistaken for corns, a roundly shaped callus of dead skin that appears because of inappropriate footwear. To know how to identify a plantar wart, you need to recognize the symptoms that include:
- discoloration (often yellowish);
- a dark spot in the center due to blood vessels - do not scratch because of possible bleeding;
- serrated exterior;
- elevated or flat spot on the skin;
- round or oval;
- can appear as single wart or a part of a cluster;
- possible itchiness;
- painful if the area is where you place your weight while walking.
Home remedies for plantar warts
Most plantar warts go away on their own due to our body's immune system defeating the virus. However, this could take up to two years and will probably cause pain and discomfort along the way.
Using surgery is an option, but it could potentially leave scars on your feet. Therefore, before you opt for the invasive treatment, you can try various home remedies that people have been using for centuries. Note that even with the remedies, it will most likely take 2-3 months for the wart to disappear. Also, home remedies have their way of being irregular in healing everybody the same.
1. Duct tape
Using duct tape as a way to remove plantar warts just adds to the saying "What can't be fixed with duct tape, can't be fixed at all." However, jokes aside, using duct tape, or tape occlusion as it is called, is a very viable way of battling with warts. Soak your feet in a hot tub of water for 10-20 minutes, wipe them dry, and stick some duct tape over the wart. Leave it there for a day, and then repeat the process. It should take between one or two months.
Garlic is one of nature's most potent medicines. Not only does it have anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties, but it also helps strengthen the immune system. Place a bit of crushed garlic on top of the wart before you go to bed and secure it using tape or a bandage. In the morning, take everything off and clean it with water. Repeat the procedure every day. You can always add garlic (if you haven't already) to your diet as a stronger immune system will fight warts faster.
Banana peels work by softening the wart enough that it can be directly scraped off the skin. Placing a part of the banana peel on the wart during the night will allow you to use a pumice stone and gently get rid of it in the morning. Use a bandage or a piece of cloth to secure the peel in place overnight and wash the area once you have used the stone in the morning. Repeat until the plantar wart comes off entirely.
4. Magnesium sulfate
Magnesium sulfate, or Epsom salt, makes the skin acidic and can help in removing warts. Fill a small tub with warm water, add one tablespoon of Epsom salt and soak your feet for 30 minutes before going to bed.
5. Aloe vera
As you already know, aloe vera is excellent for the skin, and that is why it is used in many skin lotions and various cosmetic products. Apart from its health benefits, aloe vera efficiently moisturizes the skin, which can help in removing the top layer of the wart. Use an aloe vera leaf which is cut in half lengthwise and then shortened to fit the wart. Place it on top and secure it in position with a bandage. Keep it overnight and remove and clean the area in the morning.
6. Coconut oil
Coconut oil is one of the most versatile natural oils with applications in hair care, skin care, and even as a dietary supplement. The medium chained fatties of which coconut oil consists are excellent in battling viruses and fungi. Gently apply the oil on the plantar wart and nearby area couple of times a day until the wart is gone.
7. Apple cider vinegar
The acetic acid found in apple cider vinegar is an exceptional wart remover. Additionally, the antiviral properties of apple cider vinegar will help in fighting with the underlying cause (HPV). Soak a cotton ball or pad into a previously made mixture of equal amounts of water and apple cider vinegar. Smear over the affected area and cover it with some duct tape. Keep it taped for three days and then repeat the process. Apply the vinegar and the duct tape until the wart has completely disappeared.
In case of persisting plantar warts, contact your physician. If you have problems with blood vessels on your feet caused by diabetes or arteriosclerosis, removing warts can cause inflammation, and it is best to consult with the doctor. Also, people suffering from leg swelling caused by kidney diseases or heart defects should not self-medicate when it comes to warts.
This article is purely for informational purposes. Do not self-medicate, and in all cases consult a certified healthcare professional before using any information presented in the article. The editorial board does not guarantee any results and does not bear any responsibility for harm that may result from using the information stated in the article.