Most warts are a minor inconvenience and not a serious, life-threatening condition but they may cause some discomfort or embarrassment as they can be unsightly so generally people do look for remedies to remove them rather than waiting for them to fall off which may take a year or two. Warts can also come back.
Warts can be successfully treated at home or by a doctor.
There are a number of old wives’ tales type remedies for removing a wart at home; these are cheap and cost-effective but we can’t vouch for their effectiveness. These include using:
- Clear nail polish
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Tea Tree Oil
- Sliced garlic and oil
- Duct tape
- Rubbing with raw potato
A doctor can also cut off a wart or use a special instrument to scrape it but this may leave scarring.
For a tried and trusted solution to removing a wart we recommend Kroko Wart Fix.
This is a flexible liquid application for warts which forms a waterproof covering over the wart. To use effectively follow these instructions.
Directions for use:
- Soak foot in hot water for 5 minutes and towel dry.
- Rub corn with a pumice stone or emery board.
- Mask off the skin around the wart with Vaseline or cut a hole in a plaster and stick it over the wart with the wart sticking through. This is to protect the healthy skin from the acid in Wart Fix.
- Apply Kroko Wart Fix to the wart using the applicator (avoiding the surrounding skin).
- Allow to dry and cover with a plaster if necessary.
- It is important to reapply twice a day until the wart has cleared. This can take up to 2 weeks.
Common warts are small fleshy growths on the skin usually light grey, pink or brown in colour. Common warts occur when the skin becomes infected with a contagious virus called HPV. This virus can be picked up by direct contact with a person who has a wart or by coming into contact with the same surface that a person with a wart has touched. Warts are fairly commonplace so a popular question which naturally arises is how to remove a wart.
Warts are most frequently found in children but can appear at any age and can be found on any part of the body. They are usually found on knees, elbows, fingers and hands.
Plantar warts are flattened growths that occur under the foot usually on the sole of the foot. These can be painful.
Kroko WartFix is available at all good pharmacies and selected Clicks stores in South Africa. Kroko is also available in Namibia, Botswana and Zambia – please ask your pharmacist to order it if they don’t have stock.
Kroko WartFix is not to be used on the face. It is for external use only and is not to be used on genital warts.
Diabetics who have issues with their feet or people who suffer from nerve damage in the feet, neuropathy, must consult a doctor to for treatment rather than use a home remedy.
It is also recommended to consult a doctor if you have a plantar wart under the foot which may need to be cut or cauterized with liquid nitrogen. This is called cryotherapy.