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Garlic for warts

Discussion in 'General Issues and Discussion Forum' started by Simon Spooner, Dec 15, 2009.


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    The Daily Mail reporting this today:
    "Warts? Try rubbing on a little garlic oil
    Garlic could be a fast-acting treatment for warts. A U.S. study has found that a rubon extract of the spice removed all trace of warts within two weeks.
    It's thought sulphur compounds in garlic have antibiotic and anti-viral benefits.
    Warts are caused by a viral infection in the skin's top layer. Though harmless, they are highly contagious.
    Conventional treatment includes ointments containing salicylic acid (burning the wart to destroy tissue), but these can take months to be effective.
    Cryosurgery (freezing) is quicker, but can be painful, especially for children, who are most likely to suffer from warts.
    In the study, 23 people applied the oily garlic extract twice a day. After one to two weeks, all were wart-free, though side-effects included redness and burning.
    Traditional wart remedies include a compress of freshly crushed garlic over the area at night (though this carries the risk of the same side effects as the oil)."

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/a...w-spray-help-stop-bleeding.html#ixzz0ZkIZWhLD
  2. Paul Bowles

    Paul Bowles Well-Known Member

    Simple immune response. Of course it could work.
  3. Deborah Ferguson

    Deborah Ferguson Active Member

    Hi All
    I have heard suggested slicing a garlic clove and applying to the VP with elastoplast and leaving intact for 6 days. Remove, abrade the lesion and re-apply fresh garlic for another 6 days with 1 day break on the 7th day.
    Sounds vaguely biblical and I've never had the courage to suggest this to a patient (very smelly).
    Ps. I have had some success recently with `Duck tape`(when all else fails).
  4. Paul Bowles

    Paul Bowles Well-Known Member

    Immune response!

    There is a study which suggests the ZO alone will work Deborah (thats the Cochrane Review). Again irritation causing inflammation and immune response!
  5. Nina

    Nina Active Member

    I have seen slivers of garlic be very successful in treating stubborn vp's, but you can smell them at 20 paces!
  6. Simon and the rest,

    As long as scientists are able to extract the smell factor then garlic oil can be used as a treatment regime for vps. However it will be important to consider the possible allergic effects that can be brought by using this treatment.
    For example read this case:

    It would be appropriate for a trial to be conducted in this field since the current evidence are rather inadequate.
  7. JosephFrenkel

    JosephFrenkel Member

    Hi all,

    Although this post has been dormant for a while, I though I'd add to it.

    I've had excellent results recently with applying fresh garlic to warts. 100% success so far on 4 patients each with stubborn long standing warts.

    My treatment protocol is:

    Apply a piece of fresh garlic roughly the size of the wart and tape down with bandaid or equivalent.
    Leave piece of garlic on overnight.
    Remove in morning and shower/dress as normal.
    Repeat for 4 nights with fresh garlic nightly.
    Give treatment break for 3 nights.
    File area with nail file/sand paper at end of the week.

    I came up with 4 nights on 3 nights off to negate the potential allergic reaction and stink factor as Deborah mentioned earlier, also 4 days + 3days =7 days/1 week meaning reviews can occur weekly with dry tissue to properly assess, review and/or debride. I figure any allergic reaction can be treated by simply stopping the treatment.

    Link below discusses potential mechanisms of effect.


    Would be great to do a proper RCT on garlic and warts.

  8. Wouldn't work for me. I only dress as normal Monday - Friday. Saturday I dress in drag and Sunday I dress in period military uniforms from the period 1813 - 1845.*

    Makes a nice Change. As a rule the daily mail appears on a mission to divide every compound in the world into one of two catagories, those which cause cancer and those which cure it. VPs is an interesting diversion.

    *But then how are we defining normal?
  9. blinda

    blinda MVP

    Ahh. That`ll be why you chose a Sunday for our `up close and personal` biomech day in Brighton then ;)

    Back on theme;
    I figure any adverse reaction can be treated by simply applying evidence based treatment.

    As Paul has pointed out more than once; any substance which induces contact dermatitis COULD help resolve VP`s, due to the localised immune response.
  10. nickita

    nickita Member

    year bet your now greatful he didnt choose the saturday! it was a close call to! lol
  11. blinda

    blinda MVP

    Indeed. Robert doesn`t have the knees for a frock. Looking forward to meeting you.


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