If there’s one thing no one wants to deal with, it’s warts. They’re painful, unsanitary, and very unattractive. But they have to be taken care of, or they’ll just worsen — and multiply. Skin tags are no better, either; though less problematic for your health, they’ll still get in your way and look unsightly.
The obvious solution for both of these ailments is to have them removed by a professional dermatologist through either cryosurgery (freezing the wart until it comes off), electric needles, or lasers, Health911 says, but there is an interesting alternative, one which you can try at home if you’re feeling brave.
Health blog Smiling Body Smiling Mind reveals that hydrogen peroxide is a surprisingly effective option for warts and skin tags alike. How does this work?
All you need to do is dip a cotton ball into the product and apply it to your skin tag or wart, up to five times a day for a week or two. It’s important to aim properly with this because hydrogen peroxide can be painful and will definitely sting if you accidentally apply it to a spot on your skin instead.
It is important to note that the type of hydrogen peroxide required here is 35 percent food grade product. Other types are not recommended, as they contain potentially toxic chemicals that should not be applied to the skin.
There are other things you can do with the product once your warts and skin tags are gone, too: DFWX lists a few other possibilities, including pool and hot tub sanitizing, at a ratio of 1 cup of hydrogen peroxide per 500 gallons of water, and cleaning the house, with 1 cup per 1 gallon of water. Always be very careful with the product, as unwanted contact can sting and temporarily bleach your skin.
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RESOURCES HEALTH 911, SMILING BODY SMILING MIND, AND DFWX