I just discovered that I have warts on my foot. They are not painful - and can wait for major treatment. Is there anything natural that can be done now?
Apple cider vinegar! Just soak a piece of cotton (I just pull the end off of a q-tip) in some ACV, place it on the wart, put a band-aid over it and leave it on overnight. Let it air out the next day a bit and repeat as needed. The wart will begin to die from the inside (turning black) and eventually just fall off :)
I have removed 2 warts on DS1 using ACV and I'm in the process of removing a plantar wart on DS2 using this method. I wish I had known about it years ago when I had a nasty plantar wart that took a lot of trips to the doctor before it went away. The way I do it with my active DS where a bandaid won't hold for more than a few minutes on the bottom of his foot: The skin around the wart needs protecting from the ACV, so put some kind of oil (I use coconut oil because it's supposed to help with wart removal) around the area, then place a small piece of ACV soaked cotton ball over it and I secure it with either duct tape or athletic tape (if I have it on hand), place a sock over it during the night and let it air out during the day. Each morning I try to scratch some of the dead skin/wart off. I've done this irregularly with DS's plantar wart for about 4 weeks and it should be gone by the end of this week (about 5 weeks, where I forget about 2x/week to put it on before bed).
I used the doctor schol's wart remover patches when I was pregnant with my third. I had warts in the third trimester and didn't get them completely gone until after delivery. They are effective and I think they just use salyciliyc acid (however you spell that.) :)
Back before having kids, I thought I needed to get it taken care of at a dermatologist. That was just evil and torturous. I do not recommend. They freeze it and use a knife to cut on it! It hurt so bad and never worked. I ended up finding the dr. schol's stuff after that and that actually worked and doesn't hurt.
I had a wart on my nipple once (?!) and didn't want to use chemicals on it - so I soaked it in apple cider vinegar as other pp's have suggested. It came off after a few applications. But I had to like, well, soak it in there for about an hour. Just applying a cotton swab to it didn't do anything. It's kind of funny now, but I literally soaked it in a cup of ACV while watching a show on Netflix and the next morning it had turned black and then it was gone.
Those little chemical things they sell at the drugstore work well too. There's a little bottle of nail polish looking thing and little discs of more chemicals that you apply with a band aid on top. They're less natural but if it was someplace less delicate I wouldn't really hesitate to use them - if the ACV didn't work.
There's a ton of natural treatments and OTC things you can try.
The main goal is to irritate the area so that the immune system gets a clue and attacks the wart, which is like a little germ fortress. :) Duct tape does it, ACV does it, banana peel does it--that's why there are so many different remedies. You can use all kinds of things to achieve the same thing.
I have use the OTC bandages on my son's wart. Worked great. Thought I'd try duct tape on mine, before I spent more money. Worked like a charm. Three days and the "root" came out when the tape came off.
Does ACV even work on skin tags? I have one that is just getting ridiculously large. I got it during my pregnancy with DD five years ago and it never dropped off like they said it would. And now this pregnancy it has grown and grown and grown. Ick. I tried putting the wart removal stuff on it but it didn't work... might ACV?
1. Raw potato: How long? You put it under your socks?
2. Duct tape? You leave the same piece on for a few days? Does it really hurt when you remove?
3. Dulcomara: For how long?
Thanks for all the suggestions. I did the ACV for a bit, but didn't notice much. I should probably soak it inside, and not just apply a cotton