Verrucas, also called plantar warts, are a skin infection caused by the human papilloma virus. The term ‘plantar’ indicates the bottom of the feet (which is known as the ‘plantar surface’ in medical terms). Verrucas are warts that occur on the soles of the feet and are characterized by a ‘cauliflower’ like appearance and thickening of the skin. They usually do not hurt but can be unsightly and embarrassing. These warts can also spread upon contact and could infect other people or other healthy areas of the feet. Also, verruca warts present on weight-bearing areas of the feet could cause intense pain while walking. Today we will study some easy ways to get rid of a verruca in a week.
1. Leave it alone
If your plantar wart is not causing any pain or irritation, it is best to leave it alone. Many times, warts fall off by themselves. Also, many over-the-counter wart treatments do not always work; they require spending money and time. However, the good news is that young verrucas can be treated successfully at home. Tough older warts could sometimes need surgical intervention or other invasive treatments like cryotherapy etc. Note that many of these methods of removing plantar warts are actually quite painful and expensive and could also leave behind some scarring.
2. Use a salicylic acid wart remover
This is a proven way to remove verruca root in young warts. Soak the affected foot in warm water for 20 minutes, dry the foot and apply the over-the-counter wart remover. Most wart remover products are available in the form of liquid nail varnishes. Apply the varnish liberally to cover the verruca completely. Let the solution air dry, then cover it with a bandage. The verruca will fall off in a couple of days. You might have to repeat application several times for very tough plantar warts. Young kids who have not had the wart for very long generally show the highest success rate in getting rid of verruca within a week using this treatment. In older patients, the wart may not come off from the root and repeat treatment is necessary.
3. Use weak formaldehyde solution
If you have several plantar warts, you can soak your feet in a weak formaldehyde solution. Keep the skin soaked for at least 10 minutes. A gel containing formaldehyde is also available online or n drugstores. These can help you remove verruca root.
If you have had a verruca for years, this method may be the only way to get rid of it. The treatment is available at a podiatrist. Your doctor will first pare down the wart and then freeze it. Cryotherapy is usually combined with salicylic acid treatment and needs at least one session per week for 3-4 weeks. Note that cryotherapy is painful and not recommended for getting rid of a verruca on a child.
5. Surgery under local anesthesia
If the plantar wart does not respond to cryotherapy and other home remedies to get rid of a verruca, then surgical method may be used. The doctor will use local anesthesia and a spoon-like instrument to scoop out the dead layers of the skin. Like all surgical options, this one is painful and may leave a scar.
Laser treatment is another proven way to get rid of a verruca. Pain and scarring may follow post procedure.
7. Bleomycin injections
This is another proven method for wart removal though it is not a licensed treatment for verrucas.
8. Banana peel
This is a surprisingly effective folk remedy for getting rid of verruca and can be used for a child too. Apply the inside of a banana peel on the wart. (Cut the banana skin and place it on the wart covering it up with a bandage). Replace every few hours. You will notice a difference within one week!
9. Apple cider vinegar
Apply some apple cider vinegar on the wart. Let it air-dry. Repeat application several times a day for 2-3 weeks or until the verruca falls off from the root.
10. Aloe vera
Cut an aloe vera leaf and put the fleshy part on the verruca. Cover it up with a bandage. Do this daily for a week or until the wart falls off.
Dissolve some aspirin tablets in water and apply the paste on the wart. Cover it up with a bandage. This remedy removes warts in a week when followed regularly.
Soaking the feet in bleach solution can help remove old plantar warts in a week. You have to soak at least 3 times a day. Next, after the bleach has dried, soak some cotton in apple cider vinegar and rub the wart vigorously. The verruca will come off from its root. You might have to repeat this remedy for a week to see results.
13. Castor oil
Castor oil remedy can remove warts in a week without any scarring. This remedy works by cutting off air and moisture supply to the wart so that it falls off within a week.
14. Tea tree oil
Use full strength tea tree oil on the wart 2-3 times a day. This remedy will literally melt the warts away.
15. Crushed garlic
Crush some garlic and apply the juice and pulp to warts. Cover with a bandage and leave it on overnight. The remedy will help you get rid of verrucas quickly.
Try these 15 easy ways to get rid of verrucas from their roots in a week.