Warts are viral infections that appear as hard, knotty little protrusions on the skin. Although they are unsightly and annoying, they rarely cause serious problems.
What to Do
Warts are among the most mysterious of all things to treat. They can respond to a plethora of different approaches — from throwing a beefsteak over your left shoulder to burning them off with chemicals. Sometimes they respond to nothing at all. Here’s a list of some of the most effective treatments:
- The inside of a ripe banana peel applied topically is one recommendation. Tape the inner peel of the banana over the wart; change several times daily. You may have to keep up this treatment for 2 to 3 weeks.
- A poultice of raw eggplant applied topically has been reported to produce excellent results. Change once a day. Again, it may take 2 to 3 weeks.
- Antiviral essential oils such as tea tree, cajeput, and thuja have been applied topically for several weeks with some success.
- A tincture made with equal parts black walnut, echinacea, and pau d’arco is effective if warts are of the spreading type; take ½ teaspoon three times a day, and apply topically as well.
- Kloss’s Liniment and cayenne packs placed directly on warts have been successful for me.