How To Remove Warts On Face Using Garlic

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How to Remove Warts Naturally Using Garlic

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Warts can be an embarrassing and distressing problem, especially if they can be seen by other people. They are very common and are not a major health issue unless they keep coming back. If that is the case, you should see your physician to determine the reason for recurrent warts. If you just have a normal wart, though, there are some remedies that you can try to help it go away. To remove warts naturally using garlic, wash the area with soap and water, crush one clove of garlic to release its juices, apply the crushed garlic directly to the wart, and wrap the area with a bandage to let the garlic juice sink in; repeat as needed on a daily basis for several weeks.


Treating Warts with Garlic

  1. Test your skin.Garlic is a great home remedy for the common wart. Fresh garlic works the best, but you can also use garlic juice. Rub garlic into a small portion of your skin first to see if your skin is sensitive to the garlic. Some people can get a rash from fresh garlic. The rash is not dangerous, but it can be irritating.
    • If this happens to you, you can still use the remedy, but the rash may persist. If you do, only leave the crushed garlic on for an hour at a time. It may also take longer to get rid of the wart.
    • A study where children's warts were treated with garlic found that 100% of the warts were cleared with no significant side effects other than complaints of the smell and once instance of mild skin irritation. Another study used a lipid, or fat, extract of garlic on both warts and corns. They studied 42 patients of various ages and found 100% recovery in all the patients with the warts.
    • It is believed that the main anti-viral component of garlic, a substance known as allicin, is the chemical which is working on warts, but little research to substantiate this claim has been done.
  2. Prepare the area.Before you apply the garlic, you need to sanitize and dry the area of your skin with the wart. Wash your hands and then wash the area with the wart. Use warm soap and water. Dry the area with a cotton towel.
    • Wash any cloth material that came into contact with the wart in hot, soapy water. You can also bleach the towels to make sure you kill off any wart virus.
  3. Apply the garlic.Take one clove of garlic and crush it with the flat part of a knife. You can also cut a clove of garlic in half. Rub the area with the crushed garlic or cut edge of the clove to let the juice sink in.
  4. Wrap the area.Place the crushed garlic directly onto the wart. Cover the garlic and the wart with a bandage or, if you prefer, a piece of duct tape. Avoid placing the garlic on unaffected skin.
    • Make sure you don't have any open cuts or wounds in the area. The garlic can burn and the wart virus may spread to the area.
  5. Repeat the treatment.The treatment does not work overnight. You need to repeat the process daily. Rewash and dry the wound. Apply fresh crushed or cut garlic to your wart. Cover the wart with the fresh garlic and always wrap the wound in a fresh bandage.
    • You can also use duct tape to wrap the wound. This helps it stay dry. However, this can irritate other areas of your skin.
    • Repeat the garlic remedy daily for at least 3-4 weeks.
    • Most people begin to see the wart getting smaller within 6-7 days. It may look pruney and wrinkled after removing the bandage and washing away the garlic. It will also look paler than before.
    • If you don’t see any improvement, see your physician to see if something else is going on.
  6. File away the excess skin.You can use an emery board to help file away the skin of a wart. Hold the area with the wart over the sink. Dampen the wart. Use the rougher side of the board and gently rub the top and sides of the wart. Next, turn the emery board over to the smoother side of the board. Repeat the same path as you did with the rough side. Rinse off the area, wash it, and re-apply the crushed garlic.
    • Do notrub hard enough to draw blood. Also be careful not to touch any unaffected skin with the emery board.
    • If you are dealing with a plantar wart, keep your foot over the bathtub or over a small plastic tub.
    • Make sure and wash away any of the infected skin you have rubbed off. Wash everything in the sink or into the tub. You don't want to get re-infected.
    • Throw away the used emery board.

Using Other Natural Methods

  1. Use onions.Like garlic, you can use onions to help remove warts. Take 1/8th of a medium sized onion and crush it. Place the onion directly on to the wart and cover with a bandage or, if you prefer, a piece of duct tape. Repeat, applying fresh onion every day, covering the wart with a fresh covering.
    • As with the garlic method, use a disposable emery board to file away the excess skin of the wart between applications.
  2. Soak the wart in vinegar.Vinegar is an acid, diluted acetic acid, and is thought to break down cell membranes. Then the acidic environment kills the virus. Soak a cotton ball in white vinegar and apply to the wart. Attach the cotton ball to the wart using duct tape. You can leave it on for 2 hours up to 2 days. Repeat as necessary.
    • Between applications, use a disposable emery board to file away the skin.
  3. Use a dandelion.Dandelion sap contains a number of ingredients that help with warts, including anti-viral substances. These substances likely kill off the virus-infected cells. Pick a dandelion or two off your lawn. Break the stem and squeeze the dandelion sap onto the wart. Cover the wart with a bandage or duct tape. Leave it on for 24 hours. Repeat as necessary.
    • Use a disposable emery board to file away the wart between treatments.
  4. Apply banana peel.Banana peels contain a number of substances, including various enzymes that may break down the cell membrane. Place the banana peel with the inner part of the peel on the wart. Cover the peel with a bandage or duct tape and leave it on overnight. Repeat as necessary.
    • In addition, banana peels contain carotenoids, which are the substances from which Vitamin A can be synthesized. Vitamin A has anti-viral effects.
    • Between applications, use a disposable emery board to file away the wart.
  5. Try fresh basil.Basil has a number of anti-viral substances and that is believed to help basil kill off the wart virus. Cut a fresh basil leaf and ball it up. Place it over the wart. Cover the basil with a bandage or duct tape and leave it on for 24 hours. Repeat as necessary.
    • Between applications, use a disposable emery board to file away the skin.

Using Over-the-Counter Remedies

  1. Prepare your skin.Regardless of the remedy you are using, always wash and dry your hands before and after touching a wart. You should limit the area of normal skin treated by any of the over-the-counter methods. These methods generally work within a few days. If your wart is not smaller or has not changed in appearance after 6-7 days, check with your healthcare professional. You may need another, stronger approach.
  2. Use Salicylic acid.Salicylic acid acts by breaking up and killing the cells infected by HPV. Instead of attacking normal cells as well, the acid leaves the normal cells alone. Buy Salicylic acid, such as Compound W or Dr. Scholl's Clear Away, at your local drugstore as a patch or a liquid. Wash the area well and dry it. Apply the patch or liquid as directed. Repeat daily until the wart is gone. This can take 2-3 months.
    • Avoid getting the medicine on any other portion of your skin.
    • To help the acid work better, soak and file down your wart so the medicine can soak deeper into your skin.
    • You can get a stronger concentration of Salicylic acid by prescription.
  3. Try to freeze the wart.Over-the-counter freezing medicines use dimethyl ether and propane to freeze the skin of the wart. The medicine essentially freezes the wart and kills the skin, causing it to fall off. Freezing medicines, such as Compound W's Freeze Off or Dr. Scholl's Freeze Away, can be purchased at your local drugstore. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions. They can take up to 2 months to work. Keep the medicine away from any open flame. The FDA warns that these medicines may be flammable.
    • A recent study has suggested that the freezing method may be more effective in getting rid of warts within 2 months.
  4. Try the duct tape method.The duct tape method, also known as tape occlusion, is a tried and true home remedy that many people swear by. It is not known how the duct tape works. Some say that the adhesive has a substance that breaks down the skin cells and are then pulled off by the physical action of tape removal. For this method, buy silver duct tape and apply a small piece of the duct tape to the wart. Leave the tape on the wart for 6-7 days. Remove the tape and soak the wart in water. Use a disposable emery board to “file away” the wart.
    • Leave the wart uncovered overnight or up to 24 hours. Reapply the duct tape for 6-7 days. Repeat the process as often as necessary for up to 2 months.
    • You can apply onion or garlic juice on the wart before putting on the duct tape.
    • In one study, duct tape actually worked better that freezing the warts off.

Understanding Warts

  1. Recognize a wart.A wart is a skin growth caused by Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). The warts can appear anywhere on your body. However, they only infect the top layer of skin. Common warts mostly tend to be found on the hands and plantar warts are found on the soles of the feet.
  2. Understand transmission of HPV.The HPV virus can be easily passed from one person to another. You can also re-infect yourself by touching your wart and then touching another part of your body. Warts can also be spread by sharing towels, razors, or any other personal items that come into contact with the wart.
    • Some people seem more likely to get warts than others. You are at higher risk for warts if you have a suppressed or less effective immune system.
  3. Know the symptoms.Warts are generally an elevated bump on the skin with a roughened surface, though some warts are flatter and smoother. They can come in many different shapes and sizes. Warts tend to be painless, though some plantar warts that can make walking difficult. Warts on the fingers can also be uncomfortable because they are used and irritated more frequently.
    • Generally, warts can be diagnosed by a physician without a skin sample based on where they are and what they look like.
  4. Distinguish the kinds of warts.Common warts can be spread to the genitals or the rectal area, but common warts are usually caused by a different type of HPV than genital warts. The common wart isnotassociated with a higher risk of cancer, while many genital warts are.
    • Make sure you see your healthcare professional to make sure you are dealing with a common wart.
    • If you have warts around your genitals or around your anus, you should see your physician to determine what specific form of virus is causing the warts.

Community Q&A

  • Question
    I applied garlic on my genital warts. How long it will take them to heal?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    These methods are not for genital warts and they will not work. Go to your doctor and ask about your treatment options.
  • Question
    Can small pimples around the penis area be a sign of warts?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Pimples are not warts. It could be a VD, so get it checked out. Try better hygiene and see if the pimple go away or lessen. If you are removing hair in that area or using any sort of spray or powder, quit for a while as that could be causing the pimples. Only wear cotton underwear and make sure it is clean and not too tight. Try boxers for a while if you don't already wear them, for better air circulation.
  • Question
    I have a wart below my eye, can I use these methods to remove it?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Yes, as long as you keep all of the ingredients out of and away from your actual eyeball.
  • Question
    Can I use garlic or onion on my face for warts?
    Debbie Upshaw
    Community Answer
    Yes. I have used thin slices of garlic taped to my nose to remove a wart. I used band-aids and/or duct tape and only used the treatment at night while I slept. It took about a month and the smell wasn't exactly pleasant, but it worked - the wart has been gone for several years now.
Unanswered Questions
  • I have many plain warts on my forehead and hands. What remedy might be effective?
  • I have a painful wart on my forehead. What kind of treatment is suitable?
  • What is a natural way to cure warts all over the body?
  • I have had an itching only around my anus and it only gets worse when I scratch it, there is no other symptom only itching.could it be warts and cant I take some remedies to see what it is?
  • What parts of genital warts cant be tied with bandage after applying garlic?
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  • Do not use home remedies on warts that are on your face.
  • Do not use home remedies if you have warts around your genitals or your anus.
  • You should see your physician if you keep getting warts or if the home remedy doesn’t seem to be working. You should also see your physician if you are over 55 years old and have never had warts before to ensure it isn't skin cancer. Also see a doctor is the warts are spreading, a plantar wart makes it difficult to walk, if any other wart is causing you difficulty or discomfort, or if there are signs of bacterial infection such as pain, redness, red streaks, the presence of pus or the presence of a fever.

These types of warts should be diagnosed and treated by a physician.

  • You can use any of these methods for plantar warts. Soaking your feet in hot water with 1 part white vinegar for 4 parts water can also help soften the wart, making it easier to remove.
  • Try any of these methods for at least 3-4 weeks to see if they may help.
  • Before trying any of these remedies, make sure you see your healthcare professional first to see if it is a common wart you are dealing with.
  • Warts can be problematic if you have diabetes or peripheral artery disease (PAD)

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