Moles and warts are generally harmless but they can be undesirable. Moles, medically defined as nevi, are a collection of pigmented cells that show up on the skin as small brownish or blackish spots, reports the Mayo Clinic. Common warts are caused by the human papillomavirus or HPV. HPV causes cells to grow at an accelerated rate on the outermost layer or skin. Certain natural remedies are purported to remove both warts and moles.
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Common warts typically grow on your hands or fingers while moles can appear anywhere on the body. Warts usually disappear on their own in time but treatment can keep them from spreading to other areas of the body. Most moles do not need to be treated except in rare cases when they become cancerous or for cosmetic reasons.
Natural remedies for wart and mole removal may be as close as your kitchen or medicine cabinet. Applying apples, garlic, pineapples, dandelion root, baking soda, castor oil to the skin may help get rid of moles and warts, according to the website NaturalHomeRemedies.com. The Mayo Clinic also recommends using duct tape to help do away with warts.
Juice from sour apples or fresh pineapple may eradicate moles and warts over time. Juice should be applied to the skin three times per day or left on overnight. An thinning of the mole or wart may be evident after a few weeks, according to the website NaturalHomeRemedies.com.
A few drops of castor oil mixed with a hint of baking soda may help remove warts and moles. Apply the paste-like mixture to your skin and leave it on overnight. Repeat the process for several days.
Placing garlic on moles and warts for several days may help make them vanish, according to the website NaturalHomeRemedies.com. The sulfur-rich juices found in garlic appear to the be the reason for its effectiveness.
Placing duct tape over a wart and leaving it in place for six days can encourage its removal, according to the Mayo Clinic. Soak the wart in water once the tape is pulled off the skin. Gently rub the wart with an emery board or pumice stone. Repeat the process until the wart disappears.
A number of over-the-counter wart removal products are available. The American Academy of Dermatology or AAD suggests using a patch or solution that contains 17-percent salicylic acid. Keep in mind that new warts can reappear quickly and can spread to other people.
Shaving moles at home is strongly discouraged because it can lead to infection and be disfiguring, notes the AAD. Talk to your health-care provider about professional mole removal using a surgical blade. See your doctor if a mole burns, itches, bleeds, causes pain or changes in size, color or shape, advises the Mayo Clinic.