Warts refer to hard growths on the skin. They are common both in children and adults. Warts are capable of spreading, but they are usually harmless.
Warts come in various shapes and sizes and usually appear as rough elevations on the skin. These elevations appear more frequently on the fingers, elbows, knees, face, and scalp. Those that appear on the soles of the feet are called plantar warts. They are very painful and the sufferer is not able to walk properly.
The main cause of warts is a virus infection of the skin. Plantar warts on the soles are usually contracted in swimming pools. Constitutional factors, however, appear to be at the root of the trouble. These factors lead to some defects in the proper development of the skin surface in certain areas.
Home Remedies for Warts
Warts treatment using Castor Oil
The use of castor oil is one of the most important home remedies for warts. This oil should be applied generously over the affected parts every night. The treatment should be continued for several months.
Warts treatment using Figs
The milky juice of fresh figs is another valuable remedy. This juice should be extracted from the fresh, barely-ripe fruits and applied on the warts several times a day. The treatment should be continued for two weeks.
Warts treatment using Potato
Raw potatoes are beneficial in the treatment of warts. They should be cut and rubbed on the affected area several times daily, for at least two weeks. This wi1l bring about good results.
Warts treatment using Onion
Onions are also valuable in warts. They are irritating to the skin and stimulate the circulation of the blood. Warts sometimes disappear when rubbed with cut onions.
Warts treatment using Indian Squill
The herb Indian squill is useful in removing warts. A powder of the bulb of this herb should be applied locally over the affected area for beneficial results.
Warts treatment using Dandelion
The herb dandelion is another valuable remedy for warts. The milk from the cut end of dandelion should be applied over the affected area two or three time's daily.
Warts treatment using Marigold
Marigold is another herb found beneficial in the treatment of warts. The juice of the leaves of this plant can be applied beneficially over warts. The sap from the stem has also been found beneficial in the removal of warts.
Warts treatment using Cashewnut Oil
The oil extracted from the shell of the cashewnut is useful in warts as it is a strong irritant to the skin. It should be applied externally over the affected area in treating this condition.
Warts treatment using Other Remedies
Certain other external applications over the affected parts have also proved beneficial in the treatment of warts. These include juices of papaya and pineapple, and chalk powder mixed with water.
Simultaneous with home remedies, dietary measures can help in the treatment of warts. The patient should be kept on an all-fruit diet for about five days. During this period, he should take, three meals a day of juicy fruit, such as grapes, oranges, apples, pineapples, mangoes, pears, and papayas at five-hourly intervals. Thereafter he may adopt a well-balanced diet of natural foods consisting of seeds, nuts, grains, fruits, and vegetables. Further short periods of an all-fruit diet may be necessary at monthly intervals until the skin condition improves.
Other Warts treatment
A warm-water enema may be taken to cleanse the bowels during menstruation.