Warts are harmless, but they are unsightly. They are actually benign tumors caused by a virus on the outer layer of the skin. Warts are not cancerous, but they are contagious and can spread from one area of the body to another and from person to person. While warts can develop anywhere on the body, they are commonly found on the fingers, arms and hands. Before seeking medical help to remove warts, a patient can try some common natural remedies.
Garlic is a potent antiviral, and since warts are caused by a virus, garlic oil is an effective remedy for warts. Garlic oil is sold in stores, or a person can make the oil by chopping up a garlic glove, covering it in oil and allowing it to set in the refrigerator overnight. The next morning, strain the garlic out of the oil and use a cotton swab to apply the oil on the wart, covering it with a bandage. Do this daily and the person should notice the wart dis appearing within a few days.
Olive leaf can fight all types of infections. It is an herbal extract from the Mediterranean olive tree, and it contains an anti-infectious compound that can help a person get rid of a wart. Patients can buy olive leaf oil in health food stores and online, but should look for a product containing at least 23 percent oleuropien, which is the active ingredient. Follow label directions on use. Warts that do not respond to home remedies should be removed by a doctor.
Left untreated, warts can spread and enlarge, making them more difficult and costly to remove. A doctor can easily remove a wart or warts by freezing, known as cryosurgery, or burning the wart off using electro cautery. In some patients, warts disappear spontaneously in about a month, but when left untreated, they not only spread, but can take two to three years do disappear. Secondary infections can occur and warts often recur after treatment. People can prevent warts by washing the hands frequently, not scratching warts, avoid touching warts on others and wear proper footwear in a locker room or pool area.