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This is the easiest way to remove warts

POSTED: June 15, 2017 3:40 a.m.
Emma E. Sánchez/

It's not only an aesthetic problem, but also a health problem.

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It’s true that everyone can get warts at some point in their lives, but there’s no reason to keep them on our body. And removing them isn’t as difficult as you might imagine — in fact, it will surprise you how easy it can be to make them disappear.

What’s a wart?

According to WebMD, a wart is “an infection in the top layer of skin, caused by viruses in the human papillomavirus, or HPV, family.”

Warts are generally caused by coming in contact with a “wart-causing virus”, carried by other people (not from toads or frogs). Sometimes, symptoms don’t show up for months after you've come in contact with the virus.

Warts are usually round or oval, slightly darker than the skin and can even be black in some cases. They typically don’t hurt, but can spread to other parts of your body.

Can they be prevented?

Of course! Here are a few ways you can avoid warts:

  • Avoid touching other people’s warts

  • If you touch them, wash you hands carefully

  • Wear shoes and socks to prevent plantar warts (a painful type of wart)

  • If you have one, wash the area well to keep it from spreading

  • Remove warts as soon as possible

How do I remove them?

Healthy Holistic Living has some great ideas for at-home wart removal to try before visiting your doctor. Here are a few suggestions:

Apple cider vinegar

Take a cotton ball (one that's roughly the size of the wart) and soak it in apple cider vinegar. Next, squeeze out the excess vinegar and then tape the soaked-cotton to the wart with a Band-Aid or medical tape. Do this in the morning and before bed and the wart will be gone before you know it.

Lemon juice

Removing warts with lemon juice is super simple. All you have to do is apply lemon juice once a day (twice for faster results), let it sit for about 20 minutes, then rinse it off. You can use the same cotton ball method described above if you want.

Garlic

Crush a piece of garlic until it’s a smooth texture and apply the paste directly to the wart. Keep it on for a few hours, then wash it off with water. Keep doing this every day until the wart is gone.

How do you know if it’s time to go to the doctor?

If your warts keep coming back, you should make a visit to your doctor or dermatologist. They’ll remove them or give you a specific medication for the warts.

You should never cut or pick them off because you could get warts on your fingers. The open wound can also get infected.

As common as warts are, no one likes them and no one wants to have them. It’s better to remove them as soon as possible, so try these DIY methods before calling your doctor.
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