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By Lifestyle Team | 02 July 2021

10 Easy Ways to Get Rid of Warts

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Everyone is bound to get warts at some point in their lives. This is because they are a very common, very contagious form of papillomavirus spread through skin contact with a wart or a surface that a wart has touched. Naturally, this means that many people have turned to various treatments for warts, with the most expensive and costly treatment being surgical removal. Since you probably want to avoid surgery, here is a list of ten easy ways to remove warts.

1 - Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is one of most popular methods around to remove warts. The way it works is by attacking the affected area, blackening the wart before it and the HPV causes it to peel off the skin. To do this, mix it with water and either dab onto the skin or pour into a container to soak the affected area.

2 - Using a Smoke Box

This ancient Chinese remedy works by burning leaves from the Populus euphratica tree, and putting the smoldering leaves in a box where you stick your hand inside for fifteen minutes. Burning the leaves releases an antiviral compound known as salicylates in the smoke, which help kill the HPV responsible for warts.

3 - Duct Tape

Nobody really knows how duct tape works to remove warts, they just know that it does. This is one of the go-to methods for wart removal, thanks to its simplicity. You just put some duct tape over the wart, changing it every few days to peel away the wart’s layers.

4 - Bee Glue

Propolis tincture, or bee glue, has been used in beehives as infection protection thanks to its antiviral properties. In humans, it’s been found to activate the thymus gland and stimulate the immune system, which helps to remove warts. Apply some on the wart, cover it with a cotton ball and bandage, repeat twice daily, and you’ll be wart-free in no time.

5 - Essential Oils

Essential oils have been used in traditional medicines for centuries thanks to their antiviral benefits. There are many different types of EOs, like tea tree oil, oregano oil, and thyme oil. Apply the oil directly onto the wart, and keep doing so until it is gone.

6 - Manuka Honey

While all honey can help remove warts, Manuka honey (which is harvested in New Zealand) in particular is great for its antiviral and antibacterial properties. All you have to do is slather a thick layer on the wart, cover it for a day, and repeat until it dies off.

7 - Vitamin C Tablets

Vitamin C is known as a popular “superhero vitamin” because of its ability to fight colds and viruses, which makes it perfect for wart removal. By crushing vitamin C tablets, putting it on the affected area and covering it, you can remove warts in a surprisingly short time period.

8 - Aspirin

Like vitamin C, aspirin is a common medicine that can be used to remove warts - and just like vitamin C tablets, this is done by crushing aspirin tablets and applying them on the wart. You can mix it with water, or combine it with duct tape, and in no time your warts will disappear.

9 - Papaya

Papaya trees have a ton of health benefits thanks to their high levels of vitamin C and other medicinal properties. If you’re looking to remove warts using papaya, use the sap from a papaya stem. Rub the fluid on the wart twice daily until the wart is removed.

10 - Fresh Basil Leaves

Basil has been used for thousands of years thanks to its antiviral properties. Since fresh basil is great against papillomavirus, it’s perfect in helping to remove warts. You can do this by crushing basil leaves, putting it on a wart with a bandage, and doing this every day for a week or until the wart dies off.