Are Warts Causing You Embarrassment?
Warts are seen on every witch and blamed on every toad. With that in mind, we thought we could present you information and conceivable cures that might lend you a hand with the difficulty of curing them. Some of the home-cure remedies from the old timers seemed far-fetched, but then again, they used what they had at the time to cure whatever ailed them.
Common warts normally grow on fingers, hands, knees, and elbows. These are dome shaped and are grayish brown in color, has a coarse surface with black dots.
Flat warts (also known as "juvenile warts", presumably because kids get them more commonly than adults). These are small (about the size of a small freckle) and have a smooth surface. They may be pink, light brown, or yellow. Many kids who get flat warts have them on their faces, but they can also grow on arms, knees, or hands. There can be as many as 100 flat warts all clustered together.
Although most of the time they are trouble free, having one on the bottom of your foot, called a plantar wart, can be quite painful. The pain resembles that of a pebble in your shoe. To prevent these, do not walk barefoot in public places like a gym locker room or at a public swimming pool. Also, interchange your shoes and socks every day and keep your feet clean and dry.
You may have seen filiform warts. They are the kind portrayed on noses and chins on spooks, goblins and gargoyle's in cartoons and story books. But you don't need to be any one of those to get one! These have a fingerlike form and are flesh colored in appearance. These types often grow on or near the lips, eyes, and nose.
Kids who chew their fingernails or pick at hangnails often get warts. That's why it's important to refrain from picking, rubbing, or scraping them, whether it's on someone else or on your own body.
HERE ARE SOME OF GRANDMA'S TIPS
Now for some of the cures that have been passed down from generation to generation.
Many of these "so-called cures" are claimed to work but we would genuinely be surprised if they all work. With that in mind, here are various "so-called" cures.
Grandma used to tell her neighbors that one way to get rid of a wart was to have a grasshopper spit on it (you know, that brown stuff that they spit when you pick them up). Surprisingly enough, it worked! This is apparently due to the chemicals that grasshoppers produce in their saliva to help them digest food. Who would have ever thought it would help cure warts other than Grandma?
Potatoes: Slice a raw potato and rub it onto the affected area 2-3 times a day. Before long it will disappear.
Bananas: Take just a portion of banana peel and put the mushy side up against the wart. Next, put a piece of tape or a Band-Aid on it to keep the banana peel in place. Repeat this, applying new peel and Band-Aids after each shower until the wart disappears.
Pineapple: Saturate a cotton ball in fresh pineapple juice and soak the area 2-3 times a day.
Dandelion: Not the most favorite plant in your lawn, huh? At any rate, if you break open the stem and apply the milky-white juice to the wart 3-4 times a day, it will fall off in 7-10 days.
Duct Tape: Yes, duct tape! In a study at an army hospital, they found that duct tape works well to remove them. Place duct tape on top of the wart. Remove the tape before bedtime each night to clean and scrape the surface gently using a pumice stone or emery board. The next morning apply a new piece of tape. Repeat this procedure until it is completely gone (approximately 6-7 days).
Another home remedy is to use a special paste made from ground flaxseeds, a little oil, and a dab of raw clover honey. Place the paste on top of the wart. If it is on the foot, wear socks. Change the paste daily. It will be gone in two or three days.
Rub warts with caster oil twice a day and they will peel off in layers and leave soft, smooth skin as they soften.
Dandelion is very beneficial to the liver! It clears away obstructions and acts as a detoxifier against poisons. It also promotes healthy circulation. The juice squeezed from a broken stem can be applied to warts and allowed to dry. Use for three days or so to dry them up.
The leaves from fig trees were used by the ancient day Romans. They would take the sap from the fig leaves and place it on their warts. It must have worked since there are no ancient Romans that have warts today!
Use Camphor Oil to coat the affected area several times a day. In a few weeks the warts will be gone, leaving no marks behind.
Salvia Lyrata: A plant that, back in the day, was used as a cure for skin cancer. This was done by applying the leaves as a poultice to the affected area. It is also well known, even today, that it remove warts. Interestingly enough, the Latin root of "Salvia" is salveo, which means "to heal."
Buttercups: Use the sap from the stem and place it on the warts. Repeat several times a week and they will decrease in size until they no longer exist.
Indians used poison oak sap to remove warts, corns, and calluses, as well as to cauterize sores and to stop bleeding. (Editor's note: We are not sure if it's worse to have warts or poison oak??).
The following remedies???.......well, you be the judge!!
When at a funeral, in the cemetery take some of the dirt from under the shoes of the pallbearers and simply dab it onto the wart. You must close your eyes and make a wish at the same time, and the warts will disappear.
Tie up some pebbles in a bag with a piece of silver money and throw it on the road. Whoever finds the bag and keeps the money, to him the warts will go and will leave you forever!
Steal a piece of meat and apply it raw to the warts. Next you bury it in the ground. As the meat decays, the warts will disappear! This charm is of no use unless the meat is stolen, and no one should see you either stealing or burying it.
Rub a dirty washcloth over the warts and say, "Away, away, away." Bury the dirty washcloth in the ground by the light of the full moon.
The Celts believed that a tortoiseshell cat was good luck in a home. The English, however, believed that tortoiseshell cats could remove warts if they rubbed their tail on the wart during the month of May.
Rub a piece of raw bacon on the warts then let a dog lick them! Do this everyday for a week and the warts will vanish.
Use a Q-Tip or small cotton ball dampened with bleach and apply to warts. In just a few short days you will see them starting to dry out and disappear.