Having a wart on your foot can be embarrassing and irritating, but there are ways to get rid of warts without visiting a doctor. One remedy you could try for eliminating warts is tea tree oil. This method works great, but it takes time. Here are several things you should know about using tea tree oil to get rid of warts.
Where warts come from
Warts are caused by a virus known as the human papillomavirus (HPV). Anyone can get a wart, and they are commonly found on hands and feet. There are a variety of different types of warts you can get, but plantar warts are the most common type found on feet. If you get a plantar wart, it may go away on its own within a few months to a few years; however, some warts do not go away on their own.
How tea tree oil helps
Tea tree oil is one of the most effective natural products you can use to get rid of a wart you have on your foot, and this is primarily because of the qualities this oil has. Tea tree oil is an antifungal ingredient, which means it can kill funguses. It is also antibacterial, which means it can eliminate bacteria. In addition, tea tree oil cleans the skin and is capable of eliminating many types of skin irritations and growths.
How to use tea tree oil
You can use tea tree oil in several ways to get rid of a plantar wart, but using it full strength may offer the best and fastest results. Some people find that using it without diluting it is too harsh for their skin, though. In this case, you can dilute it with water or another type of oil, such as coconut oil or olive oil.
In either case, you should apply at least one drop of the oil to your wart. After that, cover it with a bandage to make sure the oil stays on the wart. If you do this every night before you go to bed, the oil will have plenty of time to do its work while you sleep. You may have to apply the oil every night for one month (or even longer), but eventually this will kill the virus that has caused the wart.
If the oil irritates your skin, you could try rubbing petroleum jelly around the wart before you place the oil on it. The petroleum jelly will protect your skin from the oil, and this could reduce irritation.
Using tea tree oil can help eliminate warts from your feet, but it will not happen instantly. If you would like to learn about other methods for wart elimination, contact a podiatrist, such as Dr. Maurice Levy today.