How do I Choose the Best Method of Natural Wart Removal?

Marlene Garcia
Marlene Garcia
Warts on a hand.
Warts on a hand.

Choosing the best natural wart removal method might simply hinge on what a person believes will work. Just about everything imaginable has been used remove warts, including wood ash, banana peels, and cashew nuts. Folk remedies for warts have existed for centuries, and stories abound on how each remedy might be effective. These folk remedies may work because of the power of suggestion.

Liquid nitrogen is a popular remedy to remove warts.
Liquid nitrogen is a popular remedy to remove warts.

Studies done as early as 1946 show that a psychological suggestion that a certain remedy will work for wart removal caused warts to disappear in about half the patients. If the patient believes in the expertise of the doctor or authority figure giving the advice, the power of suggestion might be greater. The research was especially effective in children, who can be more gullible, with some warts disappearing in only four days.

Apple cider vinegar might be helpful with removing warts.
Apple cider vinegar might be helpful with removing warts.

Some psychologists believe that is why natural wart removal methods are so varied and seemingly magical. Centuries ago, it was commonly believed that only certain people were empowered with the ability to make warts disappear, sometimes using only mysterious words. Others used a slice of potato, garlic, herbs, or magic potions to treat warts. In more modern times, hypnosis has been used successfully to remove warts.

Duct tape can be used to remove warts.
Duct tape can be used to remove warts.

Apple cider vinegar is one home remedy for wart removal that some people believe is effective. The vinegar can be applied full strength with a cotton ball, or the affected area can be soaked in vinegar. If soaking, the vinegar should not be rinsed off, but left to dry. Some people believe plantar warts on the feet will disappear with this technique.

Freezing warts with liquid nitrogen often causes blisters to form where the treatment was performed.
Freezing warts with liquid nitrogen often causes blisters to form where the treatment was performed.

Duct tape or medical tape worked on warts in a 2002 study at a military medical center. Tape cut to the exact size of the wart was changed about every six days. The wart was soaked in warm water and scraped with a pumice stone each time the tape was taken off. Warts went away in more than three-fourths of cases within a month, according to the study.

Plantar warts grow on the soles of the feet, and may be avoided by refraining from walking barefoot in public places.
Plantar warts grow on the soles of the feet, and may be avoided by refraining from walking barefoot in public places.

More than 100 different strains of the human papilloma virus can cause warts, which are contagious if someone is susceptible to the virus. Plantar warts appear on the bottom of the feet and resemble calluses. The common wart is characterized by a rough surface, often appears on the hands and fingers, and may show up in groups. Genital warts affect the vaginal, penile, and anal areas, are spread by close physical contact, and are linked to cervical cancer.

Plantar warts tend to grow on the balls of the feet, as well as other areas of the sole that are under constant pressure when standing.
Plantar warts tend to grow on the balls of the feet, as well as other areas of the sole that are under constant pressure when standing.

Doctors commonly use liquid nitrogen to freeze warts, or a topical acid to kill the spores. Some warts may be surgically removed, but this approach might cause scarring. Other physicians recommend strengthening the immune system to address the virus that causes warts.

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Discussion Comments

bluedolphin

@SarahGen-- I think most natural wart removal remedies take a while to work. I used the vinegar remedy and it took almost a month for the wart to go away. I was also using tea tree oil on alternating days.

It does require some patience to get rid of warts naturally. But I think it's worth it because natural treatments are less likely to cause scars. So I don't think you should worry about the time frame. Effectiveness is more important.

SarahGen

What is the fastest working natural wart treatment?

I was going to try the duct tape remedy but one month seems like a long time.

fify

My family is from the Middle East and my mom grew up there. She told me that when she had hand warts as a child, she was taken to a religious woman for treatment. The woman simply prayed and blew on the warts. My mom says that the warts disappeared on their own after a few days.

When I first heard this story, I didn't believe it. How can prayer treat warts?! But after reading the psychological aspect of wart removal and treatment in this article, I'm convinced that my mom's warts disappeared because she believed that they would.

So I guess the first step of treating warts should be belief that the remedy will work.

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    • Warts on a hand.
      Warts on a hand.
    • Liquid nitrogen is a popular remedy to remove warts.
      Liquid nitrogen is a popular remedy to remove warts.
    • Apple cider vinegar might be helpful with removing warts.
      Apple cider vinegar might be helpful with removing warts.
    • Duct tape can be used to remove warts.
      Duct tape can be used to remove warts.
    • Freezing warts with liquid nitrogen often causes blisters to form where the treatment was performed.
      Freezing warts with liquid nitrogen often causes blisters to form where the treatment was performed.
    • Plantar warts grow on the soles of the feet, and may be avoided by refraining from walking barefoot in public places.
      Plantar warts grow on the soles of the feet, and may be avoided by refraining from walking barefoot in public places.
    • Plantar warts tend to grow on the balls of the feet, as well as other areas of the sole that are under constant pressure when standing.
      Plantar warts tend to grow on the balls of the feet, as well as other areas of the sole that are under constant pressure when standing.