Is there a natural treatment option for plantar warts?
Warts are the bane of all adolescents, right? It may seem like that to a teenager who's ever had a wart, but interestingly, as a virus, I find warts to be an interesting little laboratory of sorts. The scientist in me thinks that if I can manipulate a wart virus, then I might understand a bit more about other types of viruses. Maybe?
Be sure to read our knowledge base article on warts for a complete rundown on how to treat warts. For this blog, let's take a look at what we can do from a natural standpoint to treat warts. Here are some of the tricks that I've used and found to be successful in my practice. Most of these techniques involve changing the host. Here are just a few:
- Dry the foot - use Onox or a comparable drying agent to dry the foot.
- Rotation of shoes and socks - frequent rotation makes a drier environment.
- Vitamin A - increase your dietary intake of vitamin A or start taking a vitamin A supplement
- Debridement of the wart - get a little mean. Use a pumice stone or callus shaver.
- Topical natural medications - Natural Wart Remover - willow bark oil, chapparal oil, and castor oil (among other ingredients) are not what a wart calls a friend.
The wart virus simply is at home on the bottom of the foot. The goal is to change that relationship and make the host (you or your children) less hospitable. And it works.
And what's the role of your body's immune system in treating warts? It's almost as if the active treatment of the wart creates focus within the immune system. Is that a scientific approach? Not today. But in years to come, I believe we'll find effective ways to target our own immune response to treat problems like warts.
See what I mean about a little laboratory? That humble little wart becomes a very visible way in which we can study the response of treatment of a virus.