Plantar warts are small excrescences on the foot, appearing due to a HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) skin infection. These non-cancerous cutaneous outgrowths can appear anywhere on the foot, but it is frequently found in the plantar area (sole). Plantar warts can be brown or black, and the texture can be either smooth or rough. The warts can grow isolated or in groups, when they have a cluster aspect (mosaic warts). Although plantar warts are not endangering our health, in some cases the pain caused is too hard to endure or, in extreme situations, the warts become infected, requiring immediate treatment. Children and especially teenagers are the most prone to have plantar warts. HPV can reach the human body through cuts, scratches and other skin lesions. It is extremely contagious and it is possible to be contacted through a simple touch. It can be often found in public pools and showers. Going to the gym or practicing group activities while bare foot, like yoga or martial arts, means exposing yourself to a greater risk of contracting HPV, as your feet will have direct contact with the floor. You can get infected including through personal objects, like razors and towels, if you are sharing one with someone carrying the virus. The most frequent symptoms of plantar warts are thick skin areas, pain and small dark dots.
Treat the plantar warts with homemade celandine ointment
Greater celandine (Chelidonium majus) ointment is excellent for any skin condition, especially for warts. This is what you will need if you decide to prepare it by yourself:
• 100 g fresh celandine, finely chopped
• 50 ml olive oil
• 100 ml coconut oil
• 20 gr beeswax
Add the coconut and olive oils in a pan, together with the beeswax and the celandine. Put it on medium heat and continuously stir with a wooden spoon for 15 minutes. Take the pan away from the head source and leave it for 24 hours. The next day, reheat and filter the contents. While it’s still hot, transfer it in a dark colored cream container. Cover it with a lid and keep it in the fridge. You can use it up to three months. Apply the celandine ointment 2-3 times daily on the plantar warts until you get better.
Why it works? Greater celandine is well known as one of the most effective plants for treating skin disorders – it contains alkaloids and chelidonic acids, both effective against warts. Celandine ointment has antiseptic, antibacterial, regenerative, healing and anti-tumor properties, making it the best remedy if you want to get rid of plantar warts.