Papillomas and warts have been affecting humans forever. Papillomas are little lumps in the skin. They aren't cancerous and don't spread but definitely can be an eyesore. On the other hand, warts might appear to look similar from an external appearance. They are rough and skin-colored, but warts are actually a type of skin infection caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). Consequently, warts are contagious.
If you suffer from papillomas or warts, you may be seeking a way to rid them for good. We've rounded up some common home remedies for these conditions in the list below.
Remember, before you try the home remedies below, be sure to consult your doctor or other medical professional as they can give you advice more tailored to your situation.
1. Tea tree oil
Tea tree oil originates in Australia and has been used for thousands of years by Australian Aborigines. Don't confuse it with the tea plant – tea tree oil comes from the paperbark tree. Since the 1900s, the use of tea tree oil as a powerful antiseptic, antifungal and antibacterial has spread worldwide, and the oil is readily accessible at pharmacies and health stores.
How this works: Mix a few drops of tea tree oil with water and spread over affected area. Let try. Repeat this a couple times a day.
2. Apple cider vinegar
The pH properties, natural alpha-hydroxy acids and acetic acid allow this vinegar to work as a soothing and repairing agent for the skin.
How this works: Soak cotton pad with apple cider vinegar. Hold cotton ball over affected area. Bandage in place overnight, and remove the cotton pad in morning.
3. Castor oil
Made from the castor seed, castor oil is high in triglycerides and ricinoleic acid. These two items make it a potent medicinal oil that can be used both internally and externally.
How this works: Apply castor oil over affected area and let dry. Repeat a few times a day.
4. Banana peel
Believe it or not, bananas aren't just for food. Rich in potassium, bananas also contain enzymes with healing properties for the skin.
How this works: Cover the affected area with a banana peel and secure with a bandage. Leave overnight and in the morning you will see an obvious reduction in size. Continue until the wart is gone.
5. Fig juice
Fig tree juice has antiviral and antioxidant properties. In a 2007 study, it was found that fig tree latex therapy provided short duration anti-wart benefits. Researchers suspected this was due to the proteolytic activity of the latex enzymes.
How it works: Allow affected area to be absorbed by fig juice. Let dry. Repeat a few times a day.
6. Baking soda
Baking soda isn't just for the kitchen. It has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. It is also a natural exfoliant, making it easier for imperfections to dry out.
How it works: Mix 3 to 4 tablespoons of baking soda with water. Apply to affected area for 30 minutes or so. Let air dry without using a towel.