Grandma’s Home Remedies For Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are harmless but can stop you dead in your tracks if you stand on your feet for a living. These are warts on the bottom of your feet which make you feel like there’s a pebble in your shoe all the time. For that reason, it’s a good idea to know some home remedies that usually work for these incredibly annoying but common types of warts.

What are Plantar Warts?

They’re just warts that happen to like growing on the bottoms of feet. This gives the condition a complication: we stand and walk on our feet, so plantar warts get pushed into the skin. When that happens, a callous forms over them, making even tougher to eradicate. They are not a serious health concern, however. The worst thing is the discomfort or pain.

Symptoms of Plantar Warts

  1. Plantar warts look like warts, of course. That is, it’s a small growth with little grainy spots in them. Those spots are little capillaries that have grown into the wart to keep it alive (!) Some people call them wart seeds.
  2. Plantar warts are painful or at least tender, so walking and standing will not be enjoyable.
  3. There will be that callous mentioned earlier, which will be covering a well-defined tiny circle on the skin.
  4. There might be a lesion on the bottom of your foot.

Causes of Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). Perhaps the skin on your feet developed a crack from dryness. Or perhaps you got a tiny cut. These are common entry points for HPV and then plantar warts.

Another way for the HPV to enter your foot is for the skin to be wet for a long time. This softens the skin to the point where it becomes fragile enough for anything to enter. So, the following activities should be avoided:

  • walking barefoot at a swimming pool
  • walking barefoot in a locker room

Grandma’s Home Remedies for Plantar Warts

1. Duct Tape. This home redy sounds incredible but even hospitals recommend it. Tape up your warty foot and keep it covered for six whole days. Then take it off and soak it in water. It should be good and soft by now! Take advantage of the softness by using an emery board to rub the wart(s) and whittle them down as much as you can. Don’t worry if you don’t get it all the first time. Just start the whole process over again and in another six days you might get it all.

2. Freeze it off. This is what doctors call cryotherapy. You can buy nonpresription freezing agents just for this purpose at the drugstore.

3. Peel it off. This is making use of salicylic acid, which is the active ingredient in nonprescription wart removing pads and liquids.

4. Apple Cider Vinegar. If you’re using the Duct tape method, you can also use the ACV: soak a cotton ball in the vinegar and use the Duct tape to tape it right over the wart.

5. Dessicated liver pills. This is a little-known home remedy for plantar warts, but used successfully by swim teams who pick it up on locker rooms. Take the pills twice a day…that’s it!

Secret Home Remedies for Yeast Infection

Most women have had one at some point or another- the common yeast infection that brings with it a nice dose of burning and itching. It makes for a very uncomfortable existence, so it’s no wonder there are several reliable home remedies out there for sufferers to try. After all, women have been experiencing yeast infections for centuries, so you can bet that throughout the ages remedies have been tested, tried and passed down through the generations.

What we have here is a collection of the best, secret home remedies that you can try easily and without too much fuss. But first, let’s make sure that’s what you really have by taking a look at the symptoms and causes of the common yeast infection.

Is It a Yeast Infection?

A yeast infection is a problem of having too many yeast cells growing in the vagina. The responsible yeast is called Candida Albicans and will grow out of control if certain conditions are made evident in the body. It’s common, and it’s usually not serious. Characterized by a white discharge, be sure not to mistake normal discharge for a yeast infection. If you don’t have itching and burning, then chances are, the white discharge you may be experiencing is something else.

Also, another affliction “down there” which can be mistaken for a yeast infection is bacterial vaginosis. This is treated with antibiotics which would absolutely make things worse if what you had was actually a yeast infection. Urinary tract infections also sometimes can seem like yeast infections but there is no discharge associated with these.

Look carefully at the symptoms of a yeast infection before applying any of the following secret home remedies. Some of them attempt to alter the Ph of your body so make sure a yeast infection is actually what you have.

Symptoms of a Yeast Infection

You’ll know it when you encounter it: a yeast infection is uncomfortable and very annoying. If you’ve never had one before then see a doctor the first time to make sure you’ve got it diagnosed correctly. Here are the symptoms of a yeast infection:

  • itching in the vagina and the entrance of the vagina (vulva)
  • burning feeling during sex and/or urination
  • swollen, red vulva
  • pain and soreness in the vagina
  • white discharge that’s thick and lumpy

If your symptoms are really severe, causing cracks or sores, then you might have what’s called Complicated yeast infection. Likewise, if you get more than four per year, it might be the same. Both situations call for a visit to the doctor’s office. Same applies if you’ve tried self-treating and nothing gets better.

Causes of Yeast Infections

Yeast infections are caused by an overgrowth of yeast in the vagina. What causes the overgrowth of yeast can be any number of things:

  1. pregnancy
  2. diabetes
  3. taking antibiotics
  4. douching

Home Remedies for Yeast Infections

Yeast infections are particularly amenable to home treatment since they’re really an imbalance rather than a disease. By correcting what’s out of whack in the body, a yeast infection is usually cleared up. Take note: whichever one of these secret home remedies for yeast infection you choose, administer the cure for at least 14 days. Otherwise you’ll not completely cure the infection and you’ll end up getting re-infected.

With that, here we are at the list of best home remedies for yeast infection:

1. Garlic. Garlic is a natural antifungal, which means it will kill off all that extra yeast that’s growing. Eat as much as possible.

2. Probiotics. Probiotics are what live inside us, and are more commonly known as “friendly bacteria”. They may slow the growth of yeast or stop it altogether if introduced into the body. Take Lactobacillus species (rhamnosus, rheuteri) and Lactobacillus GG twice a day until the infection clears up. Alternatively, eat lots of yogurt.

3. Probiotics: a more direct approach. In a recent study, women with yeast infections placed a probiotic tablet right into the vagina every night and voila, an 87% rate of reduction in the infection.

4. Tea Tree Oil. This is a natural home remedy that works because it’s an anti-fungal. Coat a tampon with lubricant and put a few drops on it before putting it in. The terpenoids should kill the yeast inside. Beware, this may sting a little. Sometimes it’s useful to mix borax with tea tree oil and make a suppository to kill the infection.

5. Pau d’arco. If you’ve never heard of this then you’re not alone. However, this secret home remedy is as effective as any other. It’s an herb from South America which will control the growth of yeast in your body. It comes as liquid or tincture, which means the herb has been steeped in alcohol. Take the tincture orally or topically.

6. Calendula. This is a plant…in fact if you’re a gardener you’ll know the flower since it’s similar to a marigold. Again, can be taken as tincture. It’s also available as a liquid. Found at health food stores.

7. Borax 6x or Borax capsules. Borax capsules get inserted for direct contact with the overgrown yeast. The antifungal properties will kill yeast. If you prefer a oral solution, place tiny pellets of Borax 6x under the tongue.

8. Starve the yeast. Yeast feed on sugar (have you ever made bread? The first step is to mix yeast with sugar and water and watch it grow). Therefore, if you eliminate sugar from your diet you will be starving the yeast out. Some women go as far as to develop a yeast-free diet, which means avoiding not only sugar but also the following:

  • white flour and other refined carbs
  • yeast breads
  • fermented foods like vinegar, miso and sauerkraut
  • wine
  • beer

9. Palmarosa oil. This is an essential oil that’s related to lemongrass. It’s mixed with tea tree oil and put into commercial antifungal creams sold as cures for yeast infections.

10. Think long term. Vitamins and supplements can increase your immunity so you’re not so prone to yeast infections. Also, some are known to be antifungals. Grapefruit seed extract is one example. Others would include vitamin C, Goldenseal and beta carotene.

When you find a remedy that works, stick to it for at least two weeks to make sure the entire infection is gone. Then, incorporate a regimen of prevention into your daily life (eat right and take vitamins) and you should see a dramatic decrease in yeast infections.