by Briana McDonald, Staff Writer- Silver Bulletin e-News Magazine (UtopiaSilver.com) When warts appear, it seems as if they come out of nowhere. They can range in color and texture and are generally always very stubborn to get rid of. Common skin warts are caused by viruses in the human papillomavirus family. (1) The virus usually gets into the skin by way of a scratch or open wound and causes a rapid growth of cells on the outer layer. We come into contact with the virus every day in places we probably don’t think we are coming into contact at all such as keyboards, door handles, or simply shaking hands. There are methods to getting rid of warts such as burning or freezing them off but these methods can be frightening and if you have a child with warts it can be a traumatic experience to have them removed in this way. The good news is nature has a cure for this stubborn, but not dangerous skin problem. The natural solution to stubborn warts consist of several options; colloidal silver, hydrogen peroxide, garlic, and apple cider vinegar.
The Natural Solution to Stubborn Warts
Types of Warts:
- Common warts: These most often occur on the hands, and are rough, dome-shaped, and gray-brown.
- Plantar warts: These grow on the soles of the feet and are hard and thick with dark specks. They can be painful when you walk.
- Flat warts: These can grow on the face, arms, and legs. They’re small, have flat tops, and may be light yellow, brown, or pink.
- Filiform warts: These can grow on the face, usually around the mouth, nose, or chin. They are the same color as the skin, but they have thread-like growths sticking out of them.
- Periungual warts: These occur under and around the fingernails and toenails.
- Genital Warts. Genital warts occurs as a moist, pinkish-red growth in the vaginal or anal region or as a firm projection on the shaft of the penis. As with other forms, these growths are spread by close personal contact, in this case by sexual relations. For this reason, genital warts should be considered a sexually transmitted disease (STD). Between five hundred thousand and one million new cases are diagnosed each year.(2)
First and foremost it’s important to know that keeping your immune system boosted will help eliminate any present warts and prevent any future warts. We do this by eating a variety of fruits and vegetables, drinking plenty of water each day, getting sound sleep each night, and exercising often.
Secondly remember that these little boogers can spread. If you poke or prod at one and then touch another part of your body before washing your hands you may notice one or more pop up in a few days.
Colloidal Silver can be used both topically and internally. When treating warts with Colloidal Silver it’s best to approach them with both forces. Spraying the wart(s) with the Colloidal Silver and also taking the daily recommended dosage or maybe even a little more than the daily recommended dosage for at least 2 weeks.
Depending on the size and the quantity of warts I say use the Colloidal Silver for 3-6 months and also taking a good Probiotic a couple of hours after taking the silver to keep building healthy colon flora colonies. Due to the fact that Colloidal Silver is anti-viral as well as anti-microbial it can eliminate viruses as well as bacteria, killing them on contact.
Using this method can be safer being that it will not cause the warts to open up or burst which will prevent the spread or creation of more on the skin. Instead the immune system will eliminate the virus from the inside out and also keep the immune system boosted.
Dab 35% food grade hydrogen peroxide on the wart(s) 3 times daily with a q tip but be careful as this method can possibly burn your skin. You can use a less potent form more frequently throughout the day if you can remember to do so. (If you are treating genital warts, try a different method such as the apple cider vinegar blend or garlic paste for less discomfort as the skin is highly sensitive down there!)
In bacteria, hydrogen peroxide destroys the bacteria’s cell wall causing the bacteria to break apart. In viruses, it does the same thing and due to its destructive power this product is used in labs and hospitals to sterilize surfaces. (3)
Simply make a paste out of fresh garlic and apply to the wart. When treating a wart that I had on the palm of my hand I used a combination therapy of Hydrogen Peroxide and a home made garlic paste several times daily keeping the paste on there for at least 20-30 minutes at a time. It did produce a tingling or burning sensation but nothing that wasn’t tolerable. The wart was gone within several days!
A study where children’s warts were treated with garlic found that 100% of the warts were cleared with no side effects (other than the smell).It is believed that the main ainti-viral component of garlic called allicin is the chemical which is working on warts but not a whole lot of research has been done to substantiate this. The fact is, it works! (4)
Apple Cider Vinegar
The acidity of apple cider vinegar causes the tough skin of the wart to soften and peel away naturally from the root. It’s also helps our bodies to maintain a healthy pH balance which makes it an impossible living environment for germs, fungi, and viruses. Apple Cider Vinegar is also an anti-viral which makes it one of the best choices for eliminating stubborn warts.
Simply soak a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar and cover the wart with a band aid overnight. Some warts will take longer than others but usually it takes no longer than 3-5 nights of this treatment for the wart to fall off. Apple cider vinegar not only eliminates warts but also moles and annoying skin tags.
Potent Blend for fast relief:
Some people prefer to just stick to the ACV but if you want a little extra ka-pow add some fresh aloe vera gel from a aloe vera plant, baking soda (just enough to make a paste) and a capsule or crushed vitamin c tablet. Blend together and apply to the wart using the same overnight technique. (5)
Now that you are armed with options you can find the natural solution to stubborn warts that works best for you!