Warts are a manifestation of the human papilloma virus (HPV) and they occur in 7 to 10 per cent of the population, particularly affecting women, children and the elderly. The powerful antibacterial and antiseptic properties of garlic can help you remove warts naturally and painlessly.
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Things you need
- Fresh garlic
- Sharp knife
- Cutting board
At the end of the day, carefully wash and dry your hands and the area surrounding the wart.
Peel a fresh garlic clove and slice it in half. Apply the freshly-cut garlic clove onto the wart, taking care to treat only the wart itself and not the surrounding skin. Discard the garlic.
Place a bandage over the wart. Leave the bandage on overnight.
In the morning, remove the bandage and carefully wash the area surrounding the wart again.
Repeat Steps 1 through 4 every night until the wart disappears, which usually happens after 2 to 6 weeks.
Tips and warnings
- Do not pick at, bite, cut, burn or otherwise try to physically trim the wart yourself. This will not remove the wart, and may even cause it to spread.
- Although warts are unsightly, they are normally painless. If your warts are causing you pain, or if you have any other concerns, don't hesitate to see your doctor or naturopath.