Warts growing on hands and fingers can be particularly annoying especially if you perform a job where your hands are constantly within your clients’ view. To avoid the embarrassment that they can cause it is very wise to get rid of warts on hands and fingers immediately when you spot them. Do not wait for them to grow and spread because this will make their removal even more complicated and more time consuming.
You can get rid of small warts on your own by using simple remedies and procedures without having to visit doctor’s office. Here are some of the most practical methods.
Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is famous for its cleansing and healing properties and it has been used as a home remedy for centuries. To treat warts, you should put some vinegar on your wart several times during the day and during the night you should soak a small piece of cotton with vinegar and bandage it over your wart. The vinegar will eat out skin cells forming the wart and create the environment where the wart causing virus will not be able to survive. This procedure may hurt a little, but take that as a good sign, this will indicate that the wart is slowly shrinking and disappearing. After a few treatments the wart should turn dark and fall off.
Castor oil is an old skin remedy that can be successfully used to treat warts. Apply castor oil on your wart several times a day. During the night, soak some cotton or gauze with the oil and tape it onto your wart with medical tape. The oil will eat away the excessive skin that is forming the wart and it will soon turn dark in colour. Clean the wart after each treatment and let it dry for a few hours. Before reapplying the oil, soak the wart in warm water for 5 -10 minutes and then rub off the dead skin. The wart should fall off after a few treatments.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is a powerful remedy with scientifically proven antiseptic, anti-fungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties. Apply it several times a day and during the night soak a piece of gauze and tape it onto your wart. The oil will cause wart to shrink and it will eventually kill the virus inside it. The wart will fall off within a few days.
Garlic also possesses anti-fungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties. Rub some garlic onto your wart several times a day and during the night bandage a small piece of garlic onto the wart. Do not place garlic on the healthy skin surrounding the wart because it will cause irritation. The wart will shrink and fall off within a few days.
Topical salicylic treatment
Salicylic acid is best known for its anti-inflammatory properties. It has shown great results in wart treatments and has become the key ingredient of many over the counter remedies. These wart remedies come in the form of liquids, gels and patches and are very practical and effective. The treatment consists of subjecting the wart to the acid for a long period of time during which the acid will dissolve the skin growth around the virus causing it to die. This treatment should last a few days.
Topical cryotherapy treatment
Cryotherapy is a treatment in which the wart is treated with low temperature which causes its cells to die and fall off. Home cryotherapy applicators can be purchased in any pharmacy and they are very simple to use. All you need to do is press the applicator onto your wart for 40 seconds. The chemical stored inside it will freeze the top layers of the wart. This layer will later dry and fall off. You will have to repeat the procedure several times until you completely eliminate the wart. Beware not to damage the healthy skin around the wart. This treatment can leave minor scars if a wart is particularly big or stubborn.
How I got rid of my finger wart
I used to have problems with a particularly annoying wart that was growing around the nail on my middle finger. This type of warts is called periungual warts and they are not only ugly, they are also very painful. I had already managed to get rid of it several timed using castor oil and apple cider vinegar, but each time the wart would reappear after a few weeks. Finally I decided to combat it for good so I purchased a salicylic acid liquid with a small brush applicator. I used to apply it on my wart whenever I could while I was at home and during the night I would put ample amounts of acid on it and cover it with adhesive plaster. After the first night treatment the wart went pale in colour but later it turned dark. During the day, while I was in the office, I kept the adhesive tape on, and when I was at home I would leave the wart open to dry. After each shower I would peel the dead skin off and apply another dose of acid. Very soon a small scab formed which hurt a little whenever exposed to the acid. However, this did not deter me from my decision to kill the wart for good. After three days all the dead skin peeled off leaving just a flat scab around my nail. The scab healed well and after seven days I was completely wart free. This happened two years ago and I did not have problems with warts since.
I hope this story will help you get rid of your warts. If you have some other experience that you would like to share, please feel free to do so.