Get Rid of Warts with This Garlic-Lemon Treatment

Not all warts can be removed in the same way. Depending on the case, the dermatologist must analyze different treatment options.
Get Rid of Warts with This Garlic-Lemon Treatment

Last update: 06 April, 2021

When it comes to removing warts from the skin, the best thing to do is to visit a dermatologist and evaluate the treatment options that they propose.

It should be noted that, depending on the case, the treatment options will differ. Therefore, it’s important for a professional to examine the affected area carefully.

For example, for common warts, the application of salicylic acid is usually indicated; while for filiform warts, the removal with scalpel or liquid nitrogen is usually recommended.

Warts caused by HPV

Before we tell you more about the home wart remedy, we’ll look at some of the facts to consider when considering the best treatment option.

Warts are caused by human papillomavirus (HPV) infection of which there are about 70 subtypes.

HPV suddenly accelerates the growth of cells. Over time, it causes painless (and benign) growths that spread very easily.

Although its presence doesn’t represent a serious health problem, it’s a sign of a weakened immune system. It should also be noted that they’re often considered to be an aesthetic problem.

Garlic, a common food and antibiotic?

Minced garlic.
Garlic is on the list of foods that people claim are natural antibiotics.

Although antibiotic and antimicrobial properties were attributed to it, given its allicin content, research has shown that in order to take advantage of these properties, certain laboratory conditions must be met.

For this reason, placing garlic on a wart to remove it won’t achieve the desired effect. It may cause itching, and, depending on our skin type, we may even experience irritation.

Lemon, a food rich in vitamin C and antibiotic?

According to popular belief, the citric acid in lemon juice could make this fruit into a kind of “natural antibiotic”. In turn, it’s believed that its nutrients (including vitamin C) help to regulate the pH of the skin and, thus, correct skin disorders such as warts.

Although this fruit is acidic and rich in vitamin C, this doesn’t mean that it acts as an antimicrobial or that it can make any specific contribution to skin health when applied directly to the skin.

What has been proven is that its consumption, within a balanced diet, can help to provide the body with some of the nutrients it needs, but ultimately, its topical use doesn’t help treat skin issues such as warts.

A garlic-lemon wart treatment

garlic-and-lemon
Despite a lack of scientific evidence, people have turned to this remedy to try to remove their warts.

Ingredients

  • 1 garlic clove.
  • The juice of 1/2 a lemon.
  • A band-aid.

Preparation and application

  • Firstly, crush the garlic clove until you get a thick paste.
  • Then, mix it with the juice from half a lemon.
  • After that, wait a few minutes while the ingredients set.
  • Apply it directly to the wart.
  • Make sure to cover the affected area and cover with a band-aid to let it work overnight.
  • The next day, rinse your skin with a lot of water and dry it well.
  • Repeat every night until the wart is gone.

Important recommendations

Never try to forcibly remove the wart with your hands or any instrument. This can cause injury and infection far worse than the aesthetic problems of a simple wart of verruca.

To prevent the spread of warts, avoid reusing items that have had direct contact with them (cotton, towels, band-aid, etc). If you must use them, be sure to disinfect them first.

Who determines the most adequate method?

To determine the most appropriate method of wart removal, the area should be thoroughly checked by a dermatologist.

According to the MSD Manual, there are no firm guidelines for wart treatment, so everything will depend on the case. It also notes that salicylic acid is the most commonly used topical agent.

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