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Home Remedies for Warts, Moles, Bone Spurs and Nail Fungus

by Kent McGroarty
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Friday Jul 23, 2010

Warts, moles, bone spurs and nail fungus are among the unsightly topical skin problems that usually cause more embarrassment than they do pain. Fortunately, there are numerous safe and easy home remedies to treat all of the above issues without spending a lot of money.

Warts and Moles

Warts are typically small benign growths on the skin caused by some of the numerous types of HPV virus. They can appear on the body alone or in clusters and are usually not painful. The two types of warts (excluding genital warts) found on the body are common warts, which appear mainly on the hands, fingers, forearms, knees, face, and skin around the nails, and plantars warts, found on the bottoms of feet.

Moles appear due to hyper-pigmentation of a small area of skin. They are generally brown but can also appear black. Many home remedies used to treat warts also work on moles. Applying fresh pineapple juice or slices to warts and moles is considered one of the best ways to get rid of them. Soak the wart/mole in the juice at nighttime and wash it off the following morning. Warts and moles are said to dissolve within a few days of continuous application. Baking soda mixed with a few drops of caster oil to make a paste applied to warts and moles is another effective remedy. Leave the paste on overnight and repeat for a few days. The sulfur-rich juices of garlic work to dissolve warts and moles. Cut a garlic clove in half and place the cut side directly on the mole or wart. Secure with a cloth bandage and leave on overnight. Keep bandage on for 24 hours if possible to speed up the healing process dramatically.

Increasing intake of potassium on a daily basis will also significantly help reduce warts and moles as well as other skin blemishes. Raw, unprocessed apple cider vinegar is an excellent source of potassium and can also be used as a topical treatment for moles and warts. The inner part of banana peels can be scraped off and applied to warts/moles; do this for several days depending on the size of either.

Fresh aloe vera juice applied directly to warts will dissolve them and tone the skin. Dandelion root is considered one of the best wart remedies available. Cut a dandelion and rub the root over the wart until the flower's milky juice completely covers the wart. Repeat for two or three days to detach the wart and make it fall off. Juice from an onion applied to moles on a regular basis will dissolve them as will grinding coriander to make a poultice. Applying this poultice to moles should remove them in a few days.

Bone Spurs

Bone spurs are a type of boney ridge that occur in joints mainly in middle-aged and older people. They interfere with free movement of the joints and appear when the body is "trying to enhance the bone area" due to health conditions such as arthritis. Such unnecessary extensions of the bone restrict movement and can cause severe pain. Besides arthritis they can also occur due to "alterations in calcification of bones" and as part of the aging process. Athletes can be prone to bone spurs, especially those who race, weight lift, jog, and dance. Bone spurs can also occur from being overweight and generally appear on the hands, feet, knees, hips, shoulders and hands. Occasionally they occur on the spinal bones and can damage nerves.

To lessen pain from bone spurs, apply a small ice pack to spur's surface four to five times a day. If the spur is still painful try heating pads. Taking turmeric is considered an effective bone spur remedy; try taking 500mg of yellow pigment turmeric on an empty stomach three to four times a day for six weeks. Applying a hot pack filled with flaxseed is considered an instant pain reliever. Soaking feet with spurs alternatively in hot and cold water is also effective. Warm linseed oil works well on spurs; warm oil and soak it in a cloth over spur. Maintain the heat of the cloth for best results. Bathing affected areas in arnica tincture or chamomile tea helps as does increasing intake of calcium and magnesium supplements. Always wear comfortable shoes and do not walk on hard surfaces barefooted. Also, try massaging affected areas with ice.

Nail Fungus

Nail fungus affects the fingernails but mainly the toenails and is caused by the fungus group, dermatophytes. Fungus feeds on keratin in the nails, is contagious, and discolors and disfigures the nails. Fungus-affected nails look yellow and brown and become thick, overgrown and painful. They can also smell bad and eventually fall off. Toenails can become infected from damp areas such as shower stalls, public gyms and swimming pools. Athletes who wear fitted shoes are susceptible to toenail fungus. Always keep feet dry, especially after exercise.

Tea tree oil is a natural fungicide and antiseptic commonly used to treat nail fungus. Applying tea tree in combination with olive oil is also effective as is applying tea tree oil and dabbing lavender essential oil on the edges of the toenails. Lavender fights infection and prevents irritation. Another good remedy is an oregeno oil/olive oil combination. Oregeno oil is antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, and antiseptic. The powerful antiseptic properties of Listerine mouthwash make an effective remedy; simply soak toes in the mouthwash.

Yogurt and kefir are two sources of good bacteria that will help fight fungus. Reduce intake of sugar and dairy and always wash feet well after time at the gym, pool or any public place. Wear dry cotton socks and never share shoes, washcloths and towels. Keep nails short and free of polish.

Summing Up

Keep in mind that the aforementioned remedies may require perseverance and commitment, such as when applying a remedy and then bandaging every day at bed time. However, if you persevere, you will get rid of these health nuisances!

On a personal note, I know from the successful experiences of family members who have used the apple cider vinegar and castor oil methods on nail fungus and warts that these remedies are very effective! Warts, moles, and nail fungus are more embarrassing and unsightly than painful, but at least there are effective, safe, and cheap ways of dealing them.

Kent McGroarty is a freelance writer. She is a frequent contributor to EDGE’S Style, Travel, Health, and Fitness channels. Contact her at


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