Plantar warts can be one of the more obnoxious maladies to deal with, especially since you use your feet constantly throughout the day. But if you don't want or don't have time to go to the doctor to get it treated and/or removed, how can you get this pesky little spot to go away and not come back? If you're looking for a few remedies for your plantar wart that you can do from the comfort of your own home, then here's what you need to know.
Garlic is well known not only for its pungent (and some would say delicious) smell, but also for its antibacterial properties – which is a good thing when it comes to warts, since they're just a manifestation of the HPV virus. Slice a thin (though not translucent) slice of fresh garlic and place it on the wart, making sure to put a band-aid on top of that so that the slice stays in place. Replace the garlic when it gets totally dried out, as this is a sign that the oil (which is what's going to be fighting the wart) is all gone. This cure takes a couple weeks, but is very easy and cheap, so it may be worth it to you.
Essential oils are great for getting rid of warts, in part because they're super strong when undiluted (as anyone who's ever spilled undiluted essential oils on healthy skin will tell you). Luckily, your wart isn't healthy skin, and thus the oils will just help kill it without harming the rest of your skin. Simply put two drops of essential oil (tea tree and lemon work best here) on your wart about every five to six hours, covering the spot with a bandage the rest of the time (especially in the shower, to prevent spreading the virus). You should see the wart die off in a couple days, but it could take up to a week.
Apple Cider Vinegar
With applications for your skin, hair, and overall health, there's not a lot that apple cider vinegar can't do – and that applies to killing warts as well. To conduct this treatment, soak a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar (though not so much that it's sopping wet) and place it over the wart. After that, secure the cotton ball with either a large band-aid or, better, a sheet of gauze wrapped a few times around your foot and the cotton ball. Replace the cotton ball once a day until the wart disappears, which should take about two weeks. For better penetration, soak your feet in warm water for about a quarter hour before applying the cotton ball and gauze each time.
If your warts still don't go away, don't hesitate to go into a place like the Oregon Foot Clinic