The wart is a virus known as the Human papilloma virus of which there are over 100 different types. It is one of the most common infections of the skin and is thought to affect at least 40% of all Americans.
Warts are extremely contagious and are caught when there is contact between infected skin and uninfected skin. This occurs with both genital warts and warts on other parts of the body. Warts can occur on the fingers, hands, feet, around the mouth and of course on the genitals and can appear as single bumps or in clusters which resemble a cauliflower.
While your doctor will be able to recommend something to remove your warts there are various herbal and homeopathic remedies available for you to treat them yourself. Listed below are some of the popular herbal remedies and homeopathic ways to get rid of those unsightly warts.
Aloe gel can be used due to its antiviral and antibacterial properties. Smoothing the gel over the warts is thought to help with removal of them.
Astragalus can be taken in either capsule or tincture form and is more for strengthening the immune system to help keep warts at bay if you are prone to them.
Black walnut is a popular remedy for treatment of warts in the throat and mouth.
Bloodroot is found in either a tincture or paste and when applied topically is thought to irritate the skin tissue which then leads to removal of warts and skin tags.
Comfrey is used to aid removal of warts and can be found in either cream or infusion.
There are also a number of essential oils which are thought to help with wart removal, a combination of oils has been put together into a preparation called “warts no more” and can be purchased at the drug store or pharmacy.
There are also various “old fashioned” remedies that are homeopathic in nature and which can easily be combined to help get rid of warts.
Apple cider vinegar is thought to useful when it comes to getting rid of warts. Soaking cotton wool in the vinegar and holding it over the wart with a band-aid is said to remove a wart within a week.
Elderberry in liquid form has also been used as a cure for getting rid of warts. 700 mg of elderberry in water 3 times per day for 6 to 8 weeks is said to shrivel the wart and make it drop off.
Dandelion milk taken from the broken stem or leaf of the common dandelion and spread over the wart then cover with a band-aid and within a week the wart will drop off.
Garlic juice applied to the wart twice a day will help the wart to shrivel and fall off in roughly two weeks.
Of course when using any homeopathic remedies care should be taken to get the dosage correct. If you do wish to try a home remedy or herbal remedy then it might be worthwhile seeking the advice of your doctor beforehand.