Can I Use Garlic for Treating Warts?

Though many of us (including me) don’t like the pungent smell of garlic, the famous Greek physician Hippocrates used to prescribe garlic as a remedy for various diseases.

Warts are small tumor cause by a virus known as human papillomavirus (HPV). Experts say that warts will be disappeared on their own but it takes long time. Though they’re not associated with any serious health issue, warts are embarrassing and ruin your physical experience. Based on the type of warts treatment is carried out.

Can garlic remove warts?

Anyhow, a research carried on healing properties of garlic concludes that topically applying garlic for warts can show significant results.

garlic for warts

Another study carried on selected number of people with moderate to severe warts on hands. They were subjected to different ways of garlic treatment.

  • Initially, people with 3-5 warts were treated with water extracted from boiled garlic regularly.
  • In second phase, 23 patients with severe warts were treated with fat soluble extract of garlic.

First case results: Small warts disappeared after using water extract of garlic for 30 days and large warts got slight improvement.

Second case results: Patients with severe or number of warts showed good improvement when treated with fat soluble garlic.

Thus, the clinical study concludes that anti-viral and anti-tumor agents in garlic cloves can effectively treat warts.

How to Use Garlic for Warts?

Before starting the treatment, rub fresh garlic clove over small part of the skin to confirm you’re not allergic to garlic. Allicin compound present in garlic effectively works on curing warts.

  • Wash the wart and pat dry using clean dry cloth.
  • Take fresh garlic clove and crush or cut into pieces using knife.
  • Place it over warts and wrap it with a bandage. Avoid contact with open wounds, cuts and other parts of the body.
  • Leave it for few hours. It’s recommended to carry this treatment before going to sleep and wash the affected area with water then pat dry.

Regular application of garlic on warts is important to see positive results.

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