Warts and corns are the most common afflictions of the skin. Warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) and corns by continual pressure. Garlic is known as an effective remedy for skin conditions such as acne, ringworm, athlete’s foot, and influenza due to its antibiotic, antifungal, and antiviral properties.
Garlic has also shown to prevent cancer and inhibit its growth. Researchers believe this is due to its organosulfur compounds. Taken internally, one study showed it reduces the risk of cancer by forty-four percent.
Expanding Current Knowledge
In a first-of-its-kind study, garlic has now been found to kill every wart it touches and heal eighty percent of corns. It makes sense, since garlic is an antiviral.
In the study, twenty-three patients who had anywhere from two to ninety-six warts were treated with a topical fat-soluble extract of garlic directly on the affected area(s).
“Complete recovery was observed in all cases with warts after 1–2 weeks of treatment”
The warts completely disappeared without scarring. Further, of the nine patients who were treated with the same garlic extract for corns, seven achieved complete recovery in ten to twenty days.
The other two cases showed “marked improvement close to full recovery” but extended treatment didn’t completely eradicate their corns. Very, very close, though.
From Freezing to Duct Tape
People have tried all kinds of treatments to rid themselves of warts. Even “freezing” them (cryotherapy) doesn’t always work and often leaves a scar (and it can hurt!).
Over-the-counter salicylic acid works but it can take weeks or months and doesn’t always permanently remove persistent and stubborn virus outbreaks. Neither of these are viable options for people with diabetes or circulatory problems.