Get Rid of Warts with This Garlic-Lemon Treatment

January 8, 2020
Not all warts can be removed in the same way. Depending on the case, the dermatologist should offer specific treatment options.

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 that a professional should 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 is a sign of a weakened immune system. It should also be noted that they’re often considered to be an aesthetic problem.

Is garlic an 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.

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Lemon: High in vitamin C, but is it an antibiotic?

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According to popular belief, the citric acid in lemon juice converts 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

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Despite a lack of scientific evidence, people have turned to this remedy to try to remove their warts

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Ingredients

  • 1 garlic clove
  • The juice of 1/2 lemon
  • A plaster

Method

  • First, 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 plaster to let it work overnight.
  • The next day, rinse your skin with a lot of water and dry well.
  • Repeat every night until the wart is gone.

Keep in mind

Never try to forcibly remove the wart. 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 (towels etc). If you must use them, be sure to disinfect them first.

Final comments

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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