You need to be persistent in treating warts, as they often take a long time to disappear. Warts that dont diminish with the treatments described below, or widespread warts, may require an internal treatment.
Apply a sliver of fresh garlic directly to the wart and hold it in place with a plaster for 2-3 hours (warning: garlic may sting and cause a temporary skin rash around the wart). This is a one-off treatment, and I do not recommend this treatment for small children under 6 years old.
Apply thuja tincture to the wart for a few weeks. Adults and children over 2 years old: apply one drop in the morning and evening until the wart is gone.
Apply fresh dandelion sap directly to the wart for a few weeks.
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This treatment works best in the spring when dandelions are flowering. Adults and children over 2 years old: break a flowering stem and apply the fresh white juice to the wart 2-4 times a day.
Taraxacum officinale dandelion.
WHEN AND WHY YOU SHOULD SEE A PROFESSIONAL MEDICAL HERBALIST
Widespread eczema: this requires a comprehensive review of diet and lifestyle as well as individual internal treatment.
Psoriasis: the treatment varies from person to person enormously and may take up to a year.
Acne rosacea: this is a complex condition that needs treatment of the circulatory system as well as the skin; it requires long-term medicating with herbs.
Molluscum contagiosum: although this viral infection will resolve itself eventually, herbal treatment can considerably speed the recovery time.
Multiple warts: these usually require a combination of external and internal treatment.
Fungal infection of the nails that cannot be eradicated: persistent fungal infection of the nails often requires an internal treatment as well as a combination of external remedies that can be rotated.
Urticaria (hives): this condition is allergic in nature and therefore needs careful treatment; attending to lifestyle and stress factors is ofen necessary.
Skin ulcer: a specialised treatment is required both internally and externally; you may need supervision on a daily or weekly basis to make sure that a particular treatment option is working.
THE FOLLOWING SYMPTOMS WARRANT SEEING A HEALTH PROFESSIONAL WITHOUT DELAY
Eye infection (conjunctivitis).
Infected cut or wound that wont heal, especially if there is a lot of redness around the area and a red streak developing on the skin in the direction of blood circulation (this indicates the spread of the local infection, and there is a danger of septicaemia).
Sudden, patchy loss of hair.
Impetigo – skin infection that produces yellow crusting and spreads quickly.
Fungal infection of the scalp.
Widespread fungal infection of the skin.
Any unusual and persistent skin rash.
Any skin lump that is tender, or does not go away, or becomes enlarged.
Any mole that changes appearance and becomes enlarged or ulcerates.