Plantar warts are non-cancerous skin outgrowths on feet that are caused due to a viral infection on the topmost layer of the skin. Plantar warts are a type of viral infection. Under the required environmental conditions, a virus may attach itself to a particular place on the skin and start growing in numbers. This rapid multiplication of the virus is what leads to formation of plantar warts.
Plantar warts mainly occur on the soles of the feet though they can also make a rare appearance in between the fingers of the hands. They are a painful condition and need to be treated immediately to arrest the spread of infection.
Symptoms of plantar warts:
- Tiny, hard, flat or bumpy growths on the soles of the feet, often accompanied by black dots in between.
- Hardening and thickening of the skin around the affected area.
- Lesions that barge in the ridges and normal skin lines of your feet.
- Pain on the bottom of the feet while walking or standing.
Effective Home Remedies for Plantar Warts
Apple Cider Vinegar
This is one of the best treatments for plantar warts. Soak a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar and apply it on the wart. Then, cover it with a duct tape. Replace it once in every few days. Don’t forget to soak the feet in warm water every time you remove the tape.
The most effective way of getting rid of plantar wart and its virus is by using garlic. Garlic is a known anti-oxidant that helps fight bacterial, viral as well as fungal infection. Crush 3-4 pods of garlic and apply them directly on the plantar wart. Secure the crushed garlic using medicated gauze.
Keep the medicated gauze on for at least 4 hours. Throw away the gauze and garlic and wait for 20 minutes before re-applying freshly crushed garlic. Do this treatment at least thrice a day for a period of six weeks. Garlic will not only help get rid of the plantar warts but also eliminate the infection causing virus from the skin.
Papaya contains an enzyme that digests dead tissue. Make shallow cuts on the surface of an unripe papaya, collect the sap that runs out and let it coagulate. Mix the thickened sap with water, then apply morning and night.
Tea Tree Essential Oil
Tea tree essential oil has anti-oxidant properties that helps treat viral infections. Dilute tea tree oil with a little olive oil before use. Take half teaspoon of olive oil and 6-7 drops of tea tree essential oil. Mix the two oils well. Apply the mixture of oils directly on the wart. Massage the oil on the plantar warts for at least half a minute. Wear a pair of cotton socks or wrap the foot with medicated gauze.
You can even apply cotton dipped in tea tree oil over the plantar wart. Taking foot baths of tea tree essential oil will also help cure the infection. Take a small basin and fill it with warm water. Add 10 drops of tea tree oil in the water and soak your plantar wart infected foot in this bath. Leave the foot in the bath for at least 15 minutes. Dry the foot immediately on removal from the basin. Leaving the wart wet can cause the viruses to grow rapidly.
When you have a wart, it’s time to get your basil on-literally. Because basil has a multitude of anti-viral components, and it’s a virus causing the wart, it will speed up the process of the wart going away.
Crush up ¼ cup or so of fresh, well-rinsed, basil leaves until they are mushy and “juicy.” Apply to the wart, cover with a bandage or clean cloth, and reapply daily until the wart is gone, about 1-2 weeks. You can adjust the amount if you need more or less.
The ascetic acid properties of white vinegar are very effective in removing infection caused by viruses. Prepare a foot soak of white vinegar and water. Add one cup white vinegar in two cups of water and soak your foot in the mixture. Leave the foot in the mixture for 15-20 minutes. Dry the foot as soon as you remove it from the soak. The soak can be done as many times during the day as you want.
Alternatively, you could also soak piece of cotton wool in white vinegar and apply it directly on the plantar wart. Secure the cotton with medicated gauze or medicated tape. Leave for a couple of hours. Throw away the cotton and re-apply white vinegar on the wart. Do this treatment four times a day for a period of eight weeks to get rid of the infection completely.
Aloe Vera Gel
Fresh aloe vera gel works well in removing the plantar warts from the feet. You need to apply it heavily as it is quickly absorbed by the skin. Apply it several times every day and cover it with a tape or bandage, until the wart dries off.