How I used nail polish to kill a painful wart

How I used nail polish to kill a painful wart

Who knew that applying nail polish on a painful wart could be effective!

Written by Sandhya Raghavan |Published : February 22, 2017 3:40 PM IST

Before I start, I would like to tell the reader that problems like warts should ideally be left to a dermatologist to treat. Try it only if none of the prescribed topical medicines works. I was too lazy to go to the dermatologist to get it zapped, but I tried it out after doing extensive research and reading other people's testimonials of the method.

A few weeks ago, I discovered a painful patch developing under the thumbnail of my left hand. On closer inspection, it looked like a tiny, yellow patch of raised skin. I didn t think much about it initially, but then, the pain started increasing and I was finding it difficult to do simple day-to-day tasks such as holding a pen or typing on the keyboard. As the days passed by, the patch started expanding and its texture started changing. Soon, black spots started developing on the wart and I knew that something had to be done! I did some research and sent some pictures to my friend who is a physician. That painful patch of raised skin was in fact, verruca or periungual wart. These warts crop up on your skin if a strain of the Human papillomavirus (HPV) comes in contact with your skin. The risk is upped especially if you have cuts or scrapes on your skin. The black spots were in fact capillaries that had grown into the wart. Here are five signs of HPV infections.

Initially, somebody suggested that I cover the wart with a corn cap. Although it caused multiple layers of my skin to peel, the wart refused to budge. To do my research, I visited many online forums to seek home remedies for plantar warts. I was particularly intrigued by an unusual method in which one has to slather the wart with multiple layers of nail polish. The nail polish on its own is by no means an antiviral or a wart killer; but by doing so, you cut the air supply of the wart and the virus, killing both eventually. Although I was sceptical at first, I decided to give it a try to see if it really worked.

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For the next two days, I kept applying multiple coats of nail polish on the wart without fail. Before applying the varnish, I washed and dried my hand with an antimicrobial hand wash. I was a little disheartened at first when I saw no difference in the size of the wart but the pain had reduced considerably. On the third day, when I was preparing my thumb for the varnish, I tugged at what seemed like a small layer of nail polish from the previous day. To my surprise, I had actually uprooted the wart itself! But I wasn't truly prepared for was the bleeding that followed. I was truly surprised to see the amount of blood that gushed out of the tiny spot.

Over the next few days, my finger healed and the wart was nowhere in sight! The nail polish method was indeed a success.

Three things to remember for those who want to try the nail polish method:

  • I wouldn t recommend this method over a proper medical treatment to anyone.
  • Warts like verrucae receive their own blood supply through little capillaries. So try not to pull or uproot the wart by force. It will bleed a lot.
  • Be patient and consistent in your method. Eventually, the wart will die a natural death.

Read more about the 7 different types of warts.

If this doesn't work on your wart, try the banana peel method.

Disclaimer: These are only home remedies and must not be used in place of medical advice. Please visit your doctor if your symptoms persist.