Warts are hard painless and harmless growths that are found on the outer skin surface. These growths are believed to be caused by exposure of the skin to the human papillomavirus. This virus causes the outer cells on the skin surface to rapidly multiply and result in the wart. Warts are not malignant and are painless. The only discomfort that is associated to them is cosmetic.
Warts are spread by exposing uninfected skin to the human papillomavirus. The contact can be either through direct skin to skin contact or by the sharing of personal effects like towels or clothes that come to direct contact with the skin. It is important to note that during the period of treatment, the wart can spread to other parts of the body hence it is crucial that a high level of cleanliness is maintained. Ensuring frequent regular hand washes or washing of the skin parts that have the warts will ensure that the wart does not spread to other parts.
There are many wart treatment methods. These methods are classified into natural warts treatment methods and artificial wart removal methods. The natural methods include commercial creams and home remedies. Most experts advise that before settling down to an artificial wart treatment method, the patients should first try some home remedies since the home remedies work as well as most of the artificial methods. The home remedies are very effective in wart treatment especially when done consistently.
Most over the counter removal methods contain salicylic acid or a propane freezing agent and are will work by choking the wart. It is however advised that every instruction on the pack is followed carefully since they can result in unpleasant side effects when applied in the wrong way. The home remedies include apple cider vinegar, onion juice and the peel of the pomegranate fruit. The apple cider vinegar is taken orally to provide the body with the potassium necessary for the removal of warts and other blemishes on the skin.
Onion juice is applied directly to the skin surface and left there for some time. The juice enhances good circulation of blood in the skin and the irritation caused burns the wart. When using the peel of the pomegranate fruit, the peels are first roasted and then added to an equal amount of lime juice to make a thick paste. The thick paste is applied directly on the wart.