Warts are frequently an unsightly frustration that seem to linger indefinitely. For those afflicted, in addition to being embarrassing they can also
cause pain and discomfort. There are several different types of warts, each caused by a strain of the human papillomavirus (HPV) which can enter the skin easily through a tiny scratch. The virus causes a rapid growth of cells on the outer layer of skin, thereby creating the unsightly wart.
The HPV virus is highly contagious and lives on many surfaces including keyboards, doorknobs, floors, counter tops, etc. It can be spread by a simple handshake. Although there are a number of treatments available, the one we’ve found that works the best & least painfully is as simply as peeling a banana.
Before we begin, lets preface this by saying there are hundreds of strains of HPV, as such, not every remedy is going to work for everyone, which is essentially why most of the store-bought remedies seem to fail for most people. For this particular wart we had tried Compound W, freezing the wart, OTC Wart Medicines, about 5 in all, to no avail. The over the counter treatments caused itching, Severe Burning and even pain at the wart, and the skin around the wart had turned white at times, etc but it still wouldn’t budge.
Having tried those painful “remedies” that failed over and over, It took me about 3 months to convince my son to give this painless remedy a try. Finally, exasperated at the whole situation he gave in, rolling his eyes at me when he realized my plan. However, this particular remedy is one that we tried with Excellent success and have not had a recurring issue since.
Peel a banana, unripe bananas (partially green) seem to work best. (Eat the Banana, haha, waste not, want not, right?) Take a knife and scrape the inside of the banana peel.
Apply the scraped banana peeling directly to the wart, covering it completely.
Apply a Waterproof Band-aid or athletic tape to completely cover the wart.
Reapply 2x Daily for 7 days. (Once in the morning, Once before bed).
After 3 days the wart had shrunk drastically, about half it’s size. After 10 days, it completely dropped off, with the skin completely healed underneath, no painful “hole” that many seem to experience with other remedies/cures.
Although We stopped applying treatment after 7 days, the foot was completely healed after 21 days with no scarring. The wart has NOT reappeared.
We Applied this same technique to a wart that appeared on a finger: (please note that you can tell this is the same person, same hand due to his scarring on the knuckle, which we’ve marked with a green arrow so you can see it)
The peel was applied for 10 days, the wart completely shrunk away painlessly. After 21 days here’s what the same finger looked like: (please note that you can tell this is the same person, same hand due to his scarring on the knuckle, which we’ve marked with a green arrow so you can see it)
Other Cures that have been known to work:
Simply find a dandelion flower, pull it up, break the stem and apply the sap liberally to the wart. Cover it completely with the sap. Apply a bandaid. Reapply 2-3x’s per day until the wart disappears.
You’ll probably notice that the wart will turn dark brown or black within a couple of hours, this is perfectly normal. Although this remedy has been touted to work, this one is only available seasonally and the sap does NOT store well for use during the fall and winter months when it’s difficult to find.
Do you have a Wart Remedy or Cure to share?