3 All-Natural Remedies for Warts

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What Are Warts?

Common warts are small, noncancerous, usually painless skin growths. Warts tend to appear on the hands, but they also can be found on the feet, face, and under or around the fingernails or toenails. Known as "plantar warts," warts on the feet may itch or cause a great deal of pain (especially when walking or running).

What Causes Warts?

Warts are caused by a strain of the human papillomavirus (HPV), which triggers abnormally rapid growth of cells on the outer layer of your skin.

Warts are particularly common among children and young adults and people with impaired immunity.

Symptoms of Warts

In most cases, warts appear as a raised round or oval skin growth with a rough surface. Warts may also:

  • have a white, pink, or tan color
  • occur singly or in multiples
  • bleed when cut or picked at

Natural Remedies for Warts

Although warts often go away on their own, many people find the growths unsightly and opt to have them removed. Treating warts can prevent them from spreading to other parts of your body or to other people. However, warts sometimes reappear even after treatment.

Standard treatments for warts include the use of over-the-counter, topically applied medications; prescription medications; surgical removal; and removal by freezing, burning, or laser treatment.

So far, scientific support for the claim that any remedy can treat warts is lacking. Here's a look at the few natural remedies that have been studied for their effects on warts:

1) Garlic

In a 2005 study of 23 people with warts on the hands and/or feet, those who applied a garlic extract to their warts twice daily experienced complete recovery within one to two weeks. In study members using a placebo treatment, meanwhile, no improvement was seen.

2) Hypnosis

In a 1990 study comparing the wart-fighting effects of hypnosis and salicylic acid (a chemical found in white willow bark), researchers found that only the patients who'd undergone hypnosis had lost significantly more warts than the placebo group at a six-week follow-up.

Some alternative-medicine practitioners suggest that using guided imagery to visualize your warts shrinking and disappearing may also help in the treatment of this condition.

3) Homeopathy

Although there's limited research on homeopathy's effects on warts, a 1996 study of 60 children with warts found no difference between the effects of homeopathic therapy and those of placebo after eight weeks of treatment.

Using Natural Remedies for Warts

Due to a lack of supporting research, it's too soon to recommend natural remedies in the treatment of warts. Supplements haven't been tested for safety and due to the fact that dietary supplements are largely unregulated, the content of some products may differ from what is specified on the product label. Also keep in mind that the safety of supplements in pregnant women, nursing mothers, children, and those with medical conditions or who are taking medications has not been established. You can get tips on using supplements here, but if you're considering the use of any form of alternative medicine, talk with your primary care provider first.

 Self-treating a condition and avoiding or delaying standard care may have serious consequences.


Dehghani F, Merat A, Panjehshahin MR, Handjani F. "Healing effect of garlic extract on warts and corns." Int J Dermatol. 2005 Jul;44(7):612-5.

Kainz JT, Kozel G, Haidvogl M, Smolle J. "Homoeopathic versus placebo therapy of children with warts on the hands: a randomized, double-blind clinical trial." Dermatology. 1996;193(4):318-20.

Spanos NP, Williams V, Gwynn MI. "Effects of hypnotic, placebo, and salicylic acid treatments on wart regression." Psychosom Med. 1990 Jan-Feb;52(1):109-14.

Disclaimer: The information contained on this site is intended for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for advice, diagnosis or treatment by a licensed physician. It is not meant to cover all possible precautions, drug interactions, circumstances or adverse effects. You should seek prompt medical care for any health issues and consult your doctor before using alternative medicine or making a change to your regimen.

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