Natural home remedies for warts

Natural home remedies for warts and verrucas have many supporters and anecdotal evidence suggests that some of them may work. But there are few scientific studies to back up these claims and since many warts disappear on their own it is difficult to know whether a home remedy is effective. Some of the more popular home remedies include the application of duct tape or apple cider vinegar.

Duct tape for wart removal

Duct tape is a common home remedy for warts. This method normally involves covering the wart or verruca with a small piece of duct tape for about six days, then uncovering it, soaking it and filing it with a pumice stone or emery board to remove dead tissue. This process is repeated until the wart is gone, which could take up to two months. Although there have been some scientific studies on duct tape for wart removal, the outcomes have been mixed.

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Other natural home remedies

Aside from duct tape, there is any number of natural home remedies for warts, including:

  • Apple cider vinegar. Apple cider vinegar is one of the more popular home remedies for warts and there are several ways to use it. One common method is to soak a cotton ball with apple cider vinegar, apply it to the wart and cover it with a band aid. This is done twice a day until the wart falls off.
  • Banana peels. Small pieces of banana peel are applied to the wart with the fleshy side down, and are then covered up with medical tape. The banana peel can be left on the wart overnight or around the clock, but needs changed daily.
  • Garlic. With this treatment, freshly cut pieces of garlic are rubbed into the wart to coat it with garlic juice. The garlic pieces are then applied to the wart with the cut side down and covered with medical tape. Apply each night and remove in the morning; repeat for up to three weeks.
  • Oil-rich plants and herbs. Lemon oil and tea tree oil are sometimes used as a home remedy for warts. Another herbal remedy is podophyllum, a plant extract that has toxic properties that is believed to kill the wart tissue. Podophyllum should not be used by women who are pregnant or nursing.

Treatment at home versus home remedies for warts

If you have tried a home remedy for warts and had little success, there are several over the counter wart removal available at your local pharmacy. One solution that has proven to be effective for nine warts out of ten1 is formic acid, a biodegradable, organic compound that can be used to treat warts on your hands, feet, elbows and knees. EndWarts PEN contains formic acid that dries out the wart. They are easy to use, and only needs to be applied once a week. When used correctly, formic acid does not scar the skin or cause infections.  

1 2001: Bhat, Ramesh M., Vidya, Kamath, Ganesh. Topical Formic Acid puncture technique for the treatment of common warts.



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