Treatment of Warts and Verrucas

Treatment of Warts and Verrucas

Warts are small protrusions or raised lumps, which are caused by a viral infection often arising as a result of broken skin or a compromised immune system. The virus normally associated with the occurrence of warts is the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). It is estimated that the majority of the population has been exposed to this virus at some point in their lives. There are over 100 types of HPV viruses and usually each one is responsible for the formation of a specific wart in different parts of the body.

There are many different types of warts varying in shape and site of infection ranging from the common wart (verruca vulgaris) to genital warts. Warts can be highly contagious and hence one should not use towels and objects from people who already have warts. You can also spread warts to yourself from other parts of the body.Because warts are viral infections, I normally tend to recommend the use of L-Lysine by Lamberts, take one tablet three times a day on an empty stomach. Lysine is an amino acid which helps offers multiple benefits to the body including strengthening the lining of the tissues within arteries and thus acts as a cardiovascular protectant. Additionally, it aids in the removal of lead and other environmental pollutants from the body. With specific reference to warts, Lysine inhibits viral replication by blocking the uptake of arginine, a major “food source” for the virus to multiply. In this way, the wart gradually begins to diminish in size until eventually it disappears.

Topically, I would recommend the use of Organic Lemon Myrtle Oil. Lemon Myrtle, Backousia citriodora, is a plant that is native to parts of Australia. Its leaves have a very pleasant aroma from the oil within them which is why it is often used in perfumes.  Researchers have found the lemon myrtle oil also displays potent antimicrobial and antiviral activity; in fact it displays almost 30% greater activity than tea tree oil and is often recommended for molluscum, a viral infection, suggesting its benefits to treat warts.

Dilute one drop of Organic Lemon Myrtle Oil with any carrier oil and apply to the area twice a day making sure you cover the wart with some tape. Lemon Myrtle Oil is especially effective for resilient warts and for recurring warts where other treatments have not been successful such as freezing or the use of less effective topical products.