Plantar warts or verrucae are painful skin growths that develop on the soles of the feet. Most of them tend to self-resolve, but it can take a lot of time (2-3 years) which causes great discomfort and can also lead to spreading them around like wild fire, because they are highly contagious. They can be transmitted through both direct and indirect contact so be wary in public places such as pools, gyms and other such facilities.
Practitioners have different opinions regarding what to do with them or how to treat them. Some say that it is best to leave them be, some may consider burning them with various chemicals, and some can offer specialized treatments. Taking all of these into consideration, there are some home remedies you can try in order to remove verrucae from the soles of your feet.
One of the best home remedies for verrucae is vinegar, usually white wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar. You have to soak some cotton balls in the vinegar which are slightly larger than the verruca and hold them in place by covering them with duct tape. This should be done at night, before going to bed, and in the morning, remove the cotton balls and shower, leave the area to dry up and try to ignore it for the rest of the day. Repeat this process for at least two weeks before thinking of trying something else. If it works, you should see that after a few days the warts become slightly darker and tender, due to the fact that the verrucae absorbs the vinegar and is slowly drying up.
Natural Thuja oil or tablets is a homeopathic remedy which is based solely on plants. You can try taking 1 tablet of 30c strength per day or apply some Thuja oil to each verruca. You can also try a combination of both tablet and oil if you feel it is effective, and because it’s natural it has no side effects. Other oils you can use are the pure tea tree oil, oregano oil or lemon oil, which you apply to the wart and cover it with a band aid.
Banana peel is yet another home remedy recommended for verruca removal. It implies cutting off a square piece of the banana peel that is big enough to cover the verruca, then place the softer side on the wart and tape it in place, repeat this process as many times as necessary.
Onion juice is thought to be another effective home remedy for verrucae removal. You have to crush the onion and apply the juice onto the surface of the wart as often as you can.
Surprisingly, duct tape is yet another recommended and effective home remedy; a study was performed back in 2002 on 51 patients which suggested that this particular treatment has an 85% success rate in removing the nasty plantar wart. What you need to do is cut a small piece of tape and stick it to the verrucae. You have to leave the tape on for six days and remove it on the seventh, soak the wart to soften it and rub away any dead cells with a foot file or pumice stone. Leave the wart without any duct tape that night and then repeat the process, it is said that results are visible after almost 4 weeks, but you can keep doing it up to about 8.
You can also try a combination of methods such as using a pumice stone to exfoliate the wart, after which you soak the foot in warm water with apple cider or white wine vinegar. After drying it, put two drops of any of the oils mentioned above on the verruca and place a piece of duct tape over it. Repeat as much as necessary.
If you find that none of these home remedies for verruca removal seem to work, we can offer you some guidance at our Renew Skin and Health Clinic. Our practitioners will help you with anything you need, whether it involves home remedies or other alternative private treatments so feel free to contact our Renew Skin and Health Clinic Head Office and schedule an appointment.