Although in most cases they are not usually dangerous, warts are unsightly. To eliminate them, we can opt for medical treatments such as cryotherapy, or traditional remedies that can be applied at home.
Warts are a type of skin lesion that can take many forms and appear in different places on the body. Although, in general, they are not dangerous and tend to bother rather for an aesthetic issue, if they are painful or are located in sensitive areas, it is best to consult a doctor.
Warning: do not apply any product or remedy without first consulting with your doctor.
Next, we will explain what causes its appearance and we will talk about some natural remedies that could be effective for this problem.
Warning signs in warts
Do not forget that in many cases it is advisable to go first to the dermatologist to examine the warts and decide on their treatment. If you have any of the following symptoms, you should go to a professional before applying any type of remedy:
- Infection or bleeding from the wart.
- Warts in the genital or anal area.
- Suffering from diabetes or AIDS.
- Changes in color or appearance.
- Persistent difficulty in removing it.
If the doctor decides to eliminate them, cold treatment – cryotherapy – will always be more effective and less aggressive than with silver nitrate. In some cases, the doctor would recommend its removal by surgery, but this is not usual.
Also, keep in mind that warts are sometimes contagious: even the affected person can spread them to other parts of their body. On the other hand, they occur more frequently among children and adolescents.
The human papilloma virus
The cause of the appearance of warts is the human papillomavirus, of which there are 70 subtypes. This virus causes skin cells to multiply rapidly and cause benign growths, which are generally not serious, but are contagious and bothersome.
However, and since the cause is a virus, it is advisable to evaluate if the affected person has a weakened immune system. This virus is latent within us and the most common is that it manifests itself when defenses are lowered. This is when new warts can appear.
For this reason, there are people who eliminate them, but later they appear again. So, in addition to visiting the doctor and treating them, it is advisable to boost our immune system.
Echinacea against warts?
In addition to the importance of a good diet and a healthy lifestyle, with regular exercise and without toxic habits, some followers of natural medicine recommend a cure with echinacea twice a year.
This plant is used to raise the defenses, there is talk of taking it seasonally and stop doing it periodically.
However, no scientific study has been found to support the efficacy or safety of using this plant. The only approved use of echinacea, by the specialized room for phototherapeutics products and dietary supplements of the regulatory commission of INVIMA, in Colombia, is as an adjunct in the treatment and prophylaxis of recurrent infections of the upper respiratory tract and urogenital tract. Likewise, there is evidence that in certain circumstances it can have toxic effects.
How do you recommend taking it?
- It is best to consult your doctor before using this remedy. If the doctor approves it, what you must do is take it for three months, stop and restart the intake fifteen days later, for a month.
- Maintenance dose: Take 2.5 g per day as a maintenance dose.
- In cases of very weak immune system, detectable by the presence of recurrent infections, take 5 grams a day.
- If the infection increases, the daily maintenance dose should be doubled or tripled until the infection subsides, always with medical advice as a guide.
- According to popular beliefs, if the infection persists, the high dose (5-7g / day) should be maintained until the wart disappears completely and then return to the normal dose.
In no case should children under three years of age take it. It should also be taken into account that it interacts with caffeine and immunosuppressants, so maximum caution is required, especially in people allergic to daisy.
Natural remedies to remove warts
Beyond medical treatment and the need to tone the immune system, there are some ancient remedies to fight warts that we can do ourselves:
Green fig milk
When we pick figs directly from the fig tree, we can see how a kind of creamy white milk sprouts from the stem. A drop of that white liquid should be applied directly to the wart and repeated several times a day; This substance will help us to burn them. No scientific or academic study was found to support the efficacy or safety of this substance.
Garlic is used as a remedy for many health problems. It should be clarified that although this is a widely used traditional remedy, scientific evidence indicates that by itself it is not effective in eliminating warts.
A good option would be to perform the Tibetan garlic cure, which is a way to enhance its medicinal properties.
However, it can also be applied directly on the wart, cutting a piece and covering it with a little tape. It should be changed every 12 hours until the wart disappears.
This plant removes warts and small accumulations of sebum. For use, you can chop a twig in the mortar, apply it to the affected area and cover with tape. Wait half an hour and then withdraw, once a day. It is advisable to wash your hands well after applying this remedy.
In short, all the remedies mentioned are natural and simple, as well as inexpensive. Always remember to monitor the appearance of the wart and the appearance of the alarm symptoms that we discussed. In any case, a doctor’s opinion can dispel any doubts you may have.