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Duct Tape method


One of the simplest and most used methods of wart removal at home is done with a piece of common duct tape, although a variety of waterproof tapes would be suitable, to use this method you should apply the duct tape to the wart, keep it in place for a week, then remove it, soak the wart, and pare it down with a soft nail file, emery board or pumice stone. If the wart has not been remove completely at this time, re-apply tape and repeat the process several days later.

Keeping tape in place for long periods sometimes causes the taped area to become unsightly in as much as the skin turns red and puffy with a slightly soggy appearance, if this should occur then leave the wart area uncovered so that it may breathe and dry out.You may then continue the process to remove the wart completely.


Castor Oil method


The castor oil method is one of the simplest, but supposedly very effective nonetheless, the technique is to rub the oil into the wart three times a day and then when the wart begins to become darker in colour you should rub it with a soft abrasive until it has disappeared altogether, you may have to repeat this process several times until the wart has gone for good.


Cider Vinegar method


Cider vinegar has long been suggested as a surefire method of removing unwanted warts, although vinegar of any type has also been recommended as a substitute. The process in this case is to soak a piece of cotton wool in the vinegar and then place it over the wart and seal it in place with a band aid/plaster or even duct tape. Repeat this process every 24 hours and after possibly the third day you will notice that the wart has become a very dark colour which indicates that it is dying, you should then be able to peel or rub off the remnants of the dead wart, if not then just continue the process for several more days when you should most certainly be able to remove the wart at last.


Witch Hazel method


Witch hazel has a variety of uses in the home from treating cuts and bruises to bites and stings, it is also an effective treatment in the removal of warts, this treatment being in the form of covering the entire wart and surrounding area in witch hazel and repeating several times a day, the result should be that within several days the offending wart will have dried up and shrunk until eventually disappearing altogether.


Superglue method


Another unusual use for this great adhesive is in the removal of warts, although superglue has been used surprisingly extensively in medical applications, it is excellent for closing an open wound until proper medical treatment is available, it has been suggested as an ideal wart removal remedy. To use this method the wart should be covered entirely with the superglue for several days or until the wart has disappeared, the superglue need on be re-applied if the surface should crack, then it is just a case of recovering the area with the glue to ensure the wart is sealed off from the air. The wart should eventually go on it's own or perhaps with a little help form an abrasive such as an emery board or pumice stone.


Pineapple method


Pineapple is another remedy that is quite popular. The method is to cut a square of pineapple peel and tape the inner side of the peel to the wart and leave it overnight. Remove the pineapple in the morning and soak the wart in warm water. Some stubborn warts may require the process to be repeated several times.




The underlying factor in most of the above wart removal methods seem to be the sealing off of the wart from the air, it would seem that by depriving the wart of air will cause it to dry up and wither, thereby enabling the easy removal of the dead skin through the use of a mild abrasive such as nail files, emery board or pumice stone. Cutting off the wart whether dead or not is definitely not recommended as that can lead to infection and would in any case probably only spread the wart.



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