verruca

How to Get Rid of Verrucas

A verruca, also known as a plantar’s wart, is a very common type of wart, especially in children. It is caused by a strain of HPV or human papillomavirus, however this strain is not the same as the one that is a sexually transmitted disease. They are not malignant and will eventually go away, however because they are painful many people want treatment. Traditional verruca treatment includes burning or freezing the verruca off the skin but this can be very painful. Instead, consider natural treatments to rid your body of a verruca.

What are the symptoms of a Verruca?

A verruca is a wart on the weight bearing parts of the foot:

  • It is grey or brown
  • It is seedy or rough to the touch
  • Hard
  • Flat
  • Painful when walked on; often described as like walking on a stone in your shoe
  • Sharp, burning pain
  • Irritation that can lead to bleeding
  • Can spread into mosaic warts

How can I prevent a Verruca?

  • Do not go barefoot. Wear shoes or sandals especially in locker rooms, pools, public and shared showers, and even hotel rooms.
  • Cover cuts and scrapes. The virus loves to get into these and start taking root.
  • Don’t pick at a verruca! It will just spread the infection faster.
    Sterilize any tools you use or use disposable ones that you can throw away.
  • Wash your hands after touching your verruca.

How do I treat a Verruca?

  • Avoid touching the wart with your bare hands! This can spread the virus so that it attacks other parts of the body!
  • Oil of oregano is a high strength anti-bacterial and anti-viral. Apply directly two the verruca twice a day.
  • Try applying tea tree oil. It is an astringent and will help to kill off the virus.
  • Try tape therapy. Wrap the verruca in four layers of duct tape and leave it for six and a half days. Leave open for half a day then repeat. Continue until it’s gone!
  • Keep it dry, don’t let it be damp! Wear socks in your shoes.
  • Make a paste of baking powder and castor oil. Place on the verruca, cover with a bandage and leave overnight. Repeat as necessary.
  • Make a baking soda soak and soak your foot often.
  • Eat foods that boost the immune system. Start with garlic, sweet potatoes and whole-grain foods.
  • Rub crushed garlic or onion on your wart. Both are anti-virals.
  • If your verruca is covered by hard skin or has a hard surface, soak it in very hot water, then use other methods.
  • Make a Vitamin C paste by crushing a vitamin C tablet and mixing it in water. Then apply to the verruca and cover with a bandage.
  • Mask the verruca with mashed fig for 30 minutes every day for about three weeks.
  • Try lemon essential oil. Apply it directly to the verruca twice a day for two or three weeks.
  • Try mixing an essential oil treatment with a hot water bath. Put your foot in water as hot as you can stand it. Then apply an essential oil.
  • Make a carrot paste with grated carrot and olive oil and apply to the wart.
  • Soak it in pineapple juice to get the benefits of the bromelain.
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