Warts are caused by the human papillomavirus. Warts are small flesh bumps that appear on your feet or your fingers. A simple contact between two people can cause warts to be transferred from one person to another, but these can be self-cured within a few months. However, proper care is a must as sometimes warts tend to grow faster. Warts develop due to a poor auto-immune system. Though there are innumerable types of warts, palpar warts are warts that occur on your feet.
The rough, thick skin that develops on your feet is called corns. Corns mainly occur due to some kind of external pressure and they usually develop around the toe region. The main reason for this is prolonged pressure on the toes, standing for a long time, wearing tight shoes or high heels and wearing shoes without socks.
Though warts and corns sound similar, they are two different issues which need to be managed and cured differently.
- Corns appear as a very hard layer of skin on your toe.
- Corns are painful when pressed.
- Corns make it hard to stand and to walk.
- There is extreme dryness in the infected area.
- Warts look like tiny flesh bumps.
- They occur mostly on the hands and on the face.
- Warts are small skin bumps that are either pink or dark in color.
Warts and corns can be treated at home with these simple home remedies:
1) Aloe Vera
Extract aloe vera gel and apply it to the infected area using a cotton ball. Then use a bandage or a tape and tie the cotton ball in place, over the wart. Leave it for some time. Repeat this process twice every day for a week or two. Aloe vera, with its anti-inflammatory properties, helps to cure warts.
Garlic is rich in anti-fungal and antibacterial properties. It helps to heal infections. Place a garlic clove over the wart and make it stay for 20 minutes by tying it with a tape or a bandage. Repeat this process twice daily for a week. The wart will fall off naturally.
3) Apple Cider Vinegar
Another powerful antibacterial ingredient that helps to cure warts is apple cider vinegar. Mix two spoons of apple cider vinegar with one spoon of water and apply it on the wart with a cotton ball. Tie the cotton over it with a bandage and leave it for a few minutes. This will turn the wart black and it eventually fall off automatically. Repeat this for a week and see the results.
Soak a piece of bread in vinegar and place it over the corn. Let it stay there overnight. Wear socks or bandage to let the soaked bread stick to the infected area. This will soften the skin and cure the corns overnight.
Lemon is rich in vitamin C and helps to cure corns. Cut a slice of lemon and apply it onto the corn. Allow it to rest overnight by wearing a cotton sock over it. The citric acid in lemon helps to soften the skin, thereby allowing the corn to heal naturally.
Dip a slice of onion into a cup of vinegar and place it over the corn. Let stay for a few minutes or tie it with a bandage to help it stay put overnight. If the skin does not soften the next morning, repeat it every day for a week or two till the becomes soft enough to be removed.
Other methods to deal with corns and warts include:
- Baking soda
- Pumice stone
- Castor oil
- Epsom salt
- Lemongrass essential oil
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