I’ll never forget the embarrassment I felt that day and the face that was made towards me. I reached out to shake someone’s hand and upon noticing my finger warts, that someone quickly jumped back in disgust. After that, I set out on a quest to remove them for good. This method was one of the very first I found and used with success. Read on to find out the details of it.
There are a number of options ranging from professional medical help to do-it-yourself home remedies. But the first remedy I found to be effective was using garlic. I’ve also had great success with apple cider vinegar, so check out my post about it as well.
Below are the step-by-step instructions for you to follow, as well as a list of materials needed:
Fair word of warning
Garlic works, but it can burn & be painful. Please don’t use it on:
- Your child’s wart(s)
- Genital warts
- Plantar warts
- Yourself, if you have a low tolerance for pain
Instead, use this pain free natural remedy.
What you will need:
- Duct tape
- Garlic press (or pestle and mortar, or some heavy object to smash the garlic with)
- Cotton balls
- Cotton swab
What to do:
- Peel a clove of garlic.
- Push it through the garlic press or pound it.
- Place the garlic over the area of the wart on your finger.
- Tear off a piece of the cotton ball about the size of the wart. Place the cotton ball over the garlic.
- Cut a strip of duct tape and cover the area with it. Don’t hold back in the duct tape. Use enough to keep the treatment area moist so the garlic doesn’t dry out.
- Leave the treatment on overnight. Remove the treatment in the morning. Wash it with warm water and soap. Then check for desired results.
The result you’re looking for is the finger wart turned black. If it has not turned black yet, repeat steps 1 through 6.
Here’s a short video explaining garlic’s antimicrobial properties (which greatly helps with it’s effectiveness)
You may experience some discomfort while using this garlic remedy. If the pain becomes too much, halt treatment for a couple of days. For me, I toughed it out because I was desperate for results.
Early during treatment, you’ll see a few specks of black dots. Continuing treatment will result in more and more black dots appearing. Eventually the whole wart will turn black.
Once the wart has turned black, stop treatment and let it air out for a day. By nightfall, you should be able to peel off the wart with little effort. After peeling it off, wash it with soap and warm water. Then cover it with a clean Band-Aid, changing it as necessary until the area heals.
Once the treated area has healed, keep a careful eye for signs of the wart returning. If it looks like it’s returning, start treatment again. If there are no signs of it returning, put that smile on your face, for you are now free from the embarrassment of the finger wart.
Do you have personal experience with this garlic remedy? Or do you have a wart horror story of your own? If so, feel free to share them below.
Also, make sure you read the disclaimer thoroughly.
Photo Credit: Liz West