Useful Home Remedies to Treat Warts

A wart is a local growth on skin, rough and small in size that resembles a solid blister or cauliflower. Usually warts are seen on hands and feet; however the growths can also be on other parts of the body. The cause of warts is a viral infection, specifically the human papillomavirus (HPV).

Warts are usually harmless and its might be contagious as this virus enters the body through broken skin. Some warts disappear within few months while some can stay till years and reappear later. Warts can grow in clusters and give you a really ugly appearance; however treating warts in a natural and safe way are in abundance. Here are some of them –

home remedies to treat wartsDuct Tape Process

Take a piece of duct tape and cover the wart well with it; leave it for 6 days and when you remove the tape, soak the wart in water for a five minutes, then take a pumice stone or disposable emery board and carefully file down the dead skin of the wart. Leave the wart uncovered during the night and then re apply a new patch again the next morning. Repeat this process until the wart is completely gone.

Vitamin C Tablets

You can grind few vitamin C tablets and make a paste with enough water. Dab the paste generously on the wart and cover it with a bandage. The tablets have high acid content and will let the wart wear away and also kill the virus. However, make sure to dry the wart very well after the application is removed as wet warts are highly contagious.


Crush few pieces of garlic and apply them over the wart and cover with a bandage. The caustic nature of the garlic will make the wart fall off in one week if you follow this every day. Do not let the garlic come in contact with the surrounding skin; instead apply some petroleum jelly around the wart.


Soak a cotton ball in a bowl of vinegar and tightly tape it over the wart; make it even tighter with an elastic bandage for about 2 hours daily.

Birch Bark

Wet a piece of birch bark and tape it over the wart; the inner portion of the bark should be facing the skin. The salicylate content in the bark will make it fall off; this content is seen in many medicines prepared for warts.


Take a dandelion and squeeze out the extract and apply on your wart. Repeat this process every day, it might irritate your skin to some extent but it will boost the immune system to fight away the wart. Try to get a fresh and pure dandelion from your garden and not the ones treated with pesticides.

There are many more remedies to treat warts at home like applying the inner side of the banana peel, lemon peel, papaya sap, juicy raw potato, fresh basil leaf, applying castor oil etc. These are the most easily available home remedies to remove warts, however if they do not show any sign of improvement you can seek medical attention.