Aside from zits, blister, and rash, one of the growths that can appear on your skin is a wart. A wart is a small growth that usually appears on the hands and feet but it can appear in other parts of the body. A wart looks like a blister or a cauliflower and is caused by a viral infection brought by the human papillomavirus 2 and 7. Warts are contagious and the virus can enter the body through broken skin. Warts usually disappear over time but some do not; it can also recur.
There are different types of warts which can occur in a variety of shapes and can be classified by the site it affects and by the type of human papillomavirus that caused it:
- Common wart – commonly found on the hands, it is a raised wart that has a roughened surface
- Flat wart – commonly found on the face, neck, hands, wrists, and knees, this type of wart is small and smooth and flesh-colored
- Digitate or filiform – wart commonly found on the eyelids and lips, it is a thread-like or finger-like type of wart
- Genital wart – also known as venereal wart, this type of wart is commonly found on the genitalia
- Mosaic wart – commonly found on the hands or soles of the feet, this type of wart is grouped in tiny clusters
- Periungual wart – occurs around the nails, this type of wart occurs in cauliflower-like clusters
- Plantar wart – usually found on the pressure points of the soles of the feet, this type of wart is a hard and painful lump that has multiple black specks at the center
Did you know that you can treat and remove your warts in the comfort of your own home? You may not realize it but sitting in your home are several wart removal home remedies.
- Duct tape – you can remove your warts with the use of duct tape. Doing so can trigger the body’s immune system to attach the virus that causes your warts. It may take several applications of duct tape in a span of a few days for it to be effective
- Sea salt – remove any dead skin first by scratching the surface of the warts. Choose a large flake of sea salt that has a flat surface, moisten it along with the warts, and place the flake of salt over the warts. Secure with a band-aid. Observe for several days and keep replacing the salt and the band-aid until the wart is gone.
- Salicylic acid – most wart removers contain salicylic acid which is a blistering agent. After soaking the skin in water for a few minutes, apply the salicylic acid using a brush and let dry. Peel of or file off the remaining dead skin. Apply regularly until the warts disappear.
- Garlic – you have two options if you choose garlic as your wart removal home remedy. You can either take garlic capsules, or you can apply garlic oil on the warts once or twice a day for a month.
- Basil – crush fresh basil and cover your warts with it and secure with band-aid or gauze. Change the basil leaves and the dressing daily, until your warts disappear.
- Aspirin – crush a few aspirin tablets and add a few drops of water then mix. Put the mixture over the warts, cover with a band-aid and leave it overnight. The salicylic acid in the aspirin will fight the virus that causes your warts.
- Tea tree oil – apply undiluted tea tree oil on the affected areas and cover it up with band-aid. You can do this several times a day for up to three weeks or until the warts disappear.