Skin tags and warts are common benign skin tumours caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). While various homeopathic treatments exist, many have not undergone rigorous scientific testing and therefore should be applied with caution. Moreover, genital warts should always be treated by a licensed physician because of their severity and strong correlation with cancer in some cases.
Treatments for Skin Tags
Skin tags are small, relatively common flesh-coloured growths that are attached to a narrow fleshy tube of skin. Formally known as acrochordons or soft fibromas, they range from one mm to one inch in size. Skin tags generally form where clothing rubs against skin, such as the underside of breasts, around necks, in groin folds and under arms. Skin tags sometimes form on the face as well, and can occur on eyelids. Approximately 50 per cent of the population have had a skin tag at some point in their lives.
Skin tags rarely disappear without treatment. One popular homeopathic, scientifically-proven home remedy is to tie thread or dental floss around the stalk of the skin tag. This forms a tourniquet that stops blood flow to the tag. Within days, the skin tag generally falls painlessly away. Untested, but widely recommended, remedies include applying tea-tree oil, chalk or a potato to the affected area. Additionally, many have found commercial homeopathic products such as Amoils, Dermasil and Heal Skin Tags to be helpful.
Treatments for Warts
Unlike skin tags, which cannot be passed from person to person, warts are contagious. While skin tags primarily affect adults, warts affect children and adults alike. Fortunately, the vast majority of people can use simple homeopathic and traditional medicinal treatments to remove common warts. Unlike skin tags, warts often disappear on their own; 40 to 50 per cent of untreated warts simply fall away.
Homeopathic treatments abound for plantar (foot), flat, periungual (nail) and filliform (on a long stalk on the face) warts. One simple, scientifically-verified remedy is to cover the wart with duct tape or a bandage. The affected area should be covered for a week, uncovered for two to three hours to allow the skin to breathe, then covered again. Repeat this cycle until the wart is gone. Another natural remedy is to ask a licensed dermatologist to inject the area with candida (yeast).
Several untested, but popular, homeopathic home remedies include applying tea-tree oil, vitamin A from fish-oil tablets or chalk to the affected area.