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Published on: 17 Feb 2017 by e-kalman

Away with the Wart, the Epic Charade

Warts are usually pictured on the tip of a very pointy nose, underneath a very pointy hat. Meaning negative connotations once again leads to negative reactions from others.  Having a wart can be uncomfortable and embarrassing. Having more than one can be devastating.

What is a wart?

Warts may present as an eye sore. Mostly they do not present with symptoms and are non-cancerous growths. Typically, they present as a flesh colored, hard, protruding entity with a rough surface. They may resemble a small baby cauliflower or blister.

They also seem to come in different colors white, greyish-brown, pink or tan. Just like some shoes that also comes in different colors, they really need to go.

Some present black spots in them, these are also known as seed warts. They can present on the back of your hands, fingers around fingernails, knees, and elbows. In some cases, e.g. plantar warts present at the base of the foot may be tender. 

Why does it occur?  

Warts are caused by the Human Papillomavirus (HPV). Now don’t run off screaming the HPV virus has about 100 different strains and the ones we touch on today is NOT the one that is contracted through sexual relations.

So, relax and breathe you are ok and your kids are safe. It seems that each type of HPV virus affects a specific area on the body, e.g. plantar warts affect the feet, flat warts may occur on the face and body, ext.

Risk factors?

Some risk factors include community showers, eczema, handling too much meat, as well as having a low immune structure. Scratching an existing wart, then touching another place on your body may result in spreading the virus to a new area.

Wet warts seem to spread easier. The disease is thought to enter through broken skin. For example, skin abrasions caused by chewing nails are perfect areas for the virus to infiltrate the skin.

How do I treat them?

As always there are choices.

You can leave them and eventually they will disappear. However, this can take anything from a month to years.

You may also choose to get rid of them through conventional ways, e.g. dry ice, cut them out (at the doctor’s office please) or over the counter medication. Nonetheless, they may still reappear or present in a newly affected area.

Let’s look at a few natural topical options.

1. Pineapples have natural enzymes and acids that can help remove warts. Apply fresh pineapple directly to the wart several times a day.

2. The caustic effect of Garlic the wart will blister and fall off within a week. Smear some petroleum jelly on the healthy skin to protect it from the acids. Now apply freshly crushed garlic daily to the wart and cover.

3. Vitamins C tablets hold a high acidity, it can help to wear the wart down, it can also help fight the virus itself. Crush up a vitamin C tablet and mix with water to make a thick paste. Apply to the wart and cover with a bandage or tape.

4. Tea tree oil. Apply to the wart then cover with a clean bandage. Repeat daily. For additional fighting, power adds frankincense and/or clove oil.

5. Dandelions juice irritates the skin or area where it touches, so, this, in turn, stimulates the body’s natural defenses to send antibodies to the area. In doing so, the body takes care of the wart seeing it as the problem. Break and squeeze the dandelion stem and apply its juices to the wart daily.

6. Plantar warts on the base of your feet can be very painful. These plantar warts are very sensitive to temperature. It is shown to work if soaking the affected foot or feet in hot water (43ûC to 45ûC) for about 15 minutes a day. To add some kick to the mix, add one part vinegar to 4 parts water before soaking.

 

What about eating them away? Why not if not, I say.

1. Vegetables                                                                                                                   

An Important way to fight warts is to boost one’s immune system. Veggies contain a lot of vitamins and minerals that boost the immune system to fight viruses. Therefore, enjoy them as fresh as you can and as organic as possible. Examples are dark, leafy greens such as spinach, kale, chard, etc. Also enjoy Broccoli, squash, bell peppers, pumpkin and much more.

2. Fruits                                                                                                                          

Choose especially fruits high in antioxidants such as blueberries, tomatoes, cherries etc.

3. Herbs

Garlic fights viral infections, as well as fungal, parasitic and bacterial infections. Also use Oregano, green tea, etc.

4. Proteins

Meat, fish, tofu, beans, nuts such as almonds, whole grains, oysters, etc. can also assist in a healthy body

Do I avoid some things? Oh, yes indeed you do.

Rule of thumb.

Wait. What?

I never did understand that statement, my rule of thumb is never to use it to hike!

Ok, so what do you avoid other than hiking?

Avoid processed foods, adjectives, foods high in sugar, unhealthy fats, fast foods, foods containing trans fats, e.g. cakes, crackers, cookies, donuts, margarine, etc. Refined foods such as white bread and pasta. Additionally, you should avoid stimulants such as coffee, tobacco, and alcohol. Avoid showering in public showers without flip flops on. Serious no jokes.

Let’s conclude

Warts occur due to a viral infection called HPV. So, no, you are not turning into a witch, put away that pointy hat. You contract it mostly due to a lowered immune system. If you boost your immune system you give your body the extra power needed to fight the virus. Consequently, get on the healthy bandwagon and eat those warts away.

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