Plantar warts can be painful, and long lasting. They are typically found on the hands or feet, two of the most used parts of the body. When looking for a remedy to remove plantar warts, many times the main ingredient can be found right at home. From duct tape to apple cider vinegar, there are many home remedies available to remove plantar warts. Does this Spark an idea?
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is one of the best ways to remove plantar warts. Soak a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar, place it over the wart, then secure it with a piece of first aid tape, or a band-aid. Let the cotton ball sit overnight, and then continue to repeat the cycle every night until the root of the wart is completely gone (the little black dot at the center of the wart is the root). If you stop treatment before the root is gone, the wart will quickly grow back. Pain may be experienced as the root dries out and peels away. After a few days, the wart will turn completely black, and shortly thereafter fall off. The wart should peel off within a week of treatment.
Caster oil is another home remedy to remove plantar warts. Apply 1 to 2 drops of caster oil on the wart each day, and cover with a bandage. An alternate method is to mix 2 to 3 drops of caster oil with a pinch of baking soda to form a paste. Again, put this mixture over the wart 2 to 3 times per day, and cover tightly with a bandage. Caster oil can be purchased from any drug store or grocery store for just a few dollars per bottle.
Salicylic acid is very effective in the removal of plantar warts. The acid works to kill the bacteria, and get to the root of the wart. Place 2 to 3 drops of salicylic acid on the wart each day, and cover with a tight bandage, or piece of first-aid tape. Before each application, rub the wart with a nail file to file off any dead skin. This will help the salicylic acid penetrate to the root of the wart more quickly. Salicylic acid can be purchased from any drug store without a prescription.
Although is sounds strange, duct tape is a proven method for the removal of plantar warts. The key is to keep the wart covered with the tape at all times, aside from a quick change in tape when the duct tape starts looking dirty. Keep the plantar wart tightly covered with duct tape for roughly 10 to 14 days, and the wart will turn black and fall off. Again, be sure the black root of the wart is gone also, as the wart will grow back if the root remains.