Warts can be embarrassing – as well as contagious. Help minimize the chance you'll spread them to other parts of your body, or other people.
You will need
- Healthy foods
- A banana peel
- An over-the-counter wart remover
- Duct tape
- A pumice stone or emery board
- A doctor
Step 1 Avoid contact Avoid touching or scratching your warts, and don’t share your clothes. Warts can be especially contagious if you touch someone who has a break in their skin, like a scratch or hangnail.
Step 2 Wait Wait for the wart to go away. Warts often go away by themselves, though it may take months or years.
Step 3 Build and maintain strong immune system Support your immune system by eating healthy foods. A strong immune system will battle warts and help them disappear faster.
Step 4 Apply banana peels Rub the inside of a fresh piece of banana peel on your warts every night. Potassium may help them disappear faster.
Step 5 Try and OTC remedy Pat your skin dry after a shower and apply salicylic acid or another over-the-counter wart remedy. Re-apply daily until the wart goes away.
Step 6 Try duct tape Cover the wart with duct tape for six days; then remove the duct tape, soak the wart in warm water, and file it down with a pumice stone or emery board. One study theorized that duct tape irritated the wart enough to trigger the body’s immune system to attack it.
Step 7 See your doctor See your doctor for more aggressive treatments – like freezing – to remove warts. They may work better than home remedies.
Did You Know:
If you look at a wart with a magnifying glass, the surface often resembles a tiny cauliflower.