Verrucas and warts are caused by a viral infection in the skin named “Human Papilloma virus”. Both warts and verrucas are very contagious, as they release
thousands of viruses throughout the day. It is important to keep either of these skin conditions covered at all times, in particular when in close contact with others. If you attempt to pick at the affected skin, file down the raised area or cut the area you could cause bleeding, inflammation and further spreading of the virus. Each of verrucas and warts thrive in a moist environment, therefore you should keep the area dry when possible, taking extra care to dry the area after bathing.
Verrucas generally occur on the underside of the foot and are unsightly as they appear as a bump in the skin with a callus. Usually verrucas are picked up from viruses on the ground, especially walking barefoot through shared change rooms, swimming pools or other public areas. If left untreated, walking can become extremely painful and the affected area of the verruca can expand to multiple parts of the foot. Unfortunately there is no one treatment that works for all and many sufferers will have to try many methods before finding one that works. The most common treatment is over the counter medication, however there are a lot of harmful chemicals within these treatments.
Warts can grow anywhere on the body but more commonly on the hands and fingers. There are multiple treatments for warts and many are successful, however the virus that originally caused the wart could take two years to leave your system, which means there is no guarantee the wart will not return in the future. Treatments include the use of chemicals, surgical treatment, laser treatment and cryotherapy where the wart is burnt off. If left untreated a wart will generally disappear on its own, however they can be unsightly and embarrassing.
Garlic is one of the most potent natural antivirals known to man. Garlic is commonly used to fight fungal infections and has been prized for over 5000 years for its powerful medicinal properties. Garlic contains natural anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties and is used to treat many medical conditions and diseases.
Peel and cut 1-2 cloves of garlic and place over the affected area. Place a band-aid over top of the clove to hold it in place. The active ingredient of garlic is called allicin, which gives garlic its strong odour. This active ingredient might cause the affected area to heat up and perhaps blister, however after two days the wart or verruca should drop off the skin. Peel and cut a fresh clove of garlic each day and replace the band-aid once a day.
1 to 2 x cloves of garlic
1x plaster for each affected area
1x net of fresh garlic cloves
1x pack of heavy duty bandaids