Warts are skin growths created by the presence of the HPV virus on the skin. The human papillomavirus causes warts by infecting the top layer of the skin and entering the body through a lesion or broken surface of the skin. The infection triggers a wart by causing the top layer of the skin to grow rapidly. Most warts can go away on their own but take a long time from a few months to a few years.
Warts can grow anywhere on the body but are more common on the hands and soles of feet. They are spread by direct contact with the virus but may take months of slow growth beneath the skin before becoming apparent as a visible wart.
Here are ten ways to treat this common yet extremely unsightly condition with some effective home remedies.
1. Aloe vera compress
Aloe vera offers multiple benefits for the skin including treating blemishes, acne, skin healing and other associated problems. The point of interest in using an aloe vera compress for treating warts is the plant’s ability to cleanse, heal and nourish the skin.
For starters, aloe vera’s cleansing and detoxifying properties are helpful in countering the HPV viral growth. Then its healing qualities get to work by softening the affected skin and shrinking the wart. Finally its nourishing properties help the skin to recover completely from the infection.
Using an aloe vera compress involves preparing a mixture of one glass of warm water with one tsp of baking soda. Apply this solution to the wart and leave on for ten minutes. After ten minutes, put the pulp from a freshly cut aloe vera leaf over the wart and wrap it with an adhesive plaster or bandage. Leave the aloe vera application on for a few hours or even overnight.
The compress works in this time and should be repeated daily for a duration of 7-10 days.