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Banana Peel for Warts

One of our favorite home remedies for warts is using a small piece of banana peel.

Warts are extremely susceptible to home remedies, and many have been developed for this common condition. One of our favorites is readily available at any grocery store. Tape a small piece of banana skin (with the fleshy side towards the wart) over the wart at bedtime. Leave it on overnight. Some people report that warts given this treatment daily disappear within weeks. One reader wrote:

“My insurance company paid $600 for a dermatologist to burn warts off my fingers (three treatments). Such pain! When I heard that you could rub the inside of a banana peel on warts I started treating my fingers. A month later my fingers are smooth and pain-free at no cost.”

Here is another report of success with the banana peel approach to warts:

“I went to the doctor with six warts on my arm. I wanted to get rid of them before my wedding in November. He froze them off but they came back worse, red and blistered.
I read on your site about banana skin for warts. I didn’t believe it would help but I tried it. After two days, my warts had dropped off.

“Before bed, I cut a piece of banana skin to cover my warts with the white fleshy side touching the wart. I wrapped a bandage over it and taped it up so I couldn’t scratch at it in my sleep. In the morning I removed the bandage and used the shower to hose them down. Whenever I got a spare minute throughout the day I put more banana skin on the warts; then at night I did the treatment again.

“My warts have dried up. I hope they will not grow back.”

Mike offered this:

“Banana peel as a solution to planter’s warts was offered several months ago on this site. I had them for decades, but decided to give the banana peel a try. It worked! It took some weeks, but I have been wart free for months.”

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I had a wart on my finger that my Dr treated with liquid nitrogen which resulted in a massive blister. Unfortunately the blister must have been infected with the wart virus so I ended up with one rather large wart. At the time I was unsure what it was so used natural remedies. First tried cider vinegar which stung so switched to essential oils.

When finally got Drs appointment she confirmed it was a wart and advised having more treatment. At that time they didn’t have any liquid nitrogen and she mentioned banana skin as a treatment which I looked into. well almost three weeks later my skin is smooth where my wart once was. I wore a plaster in the day and taped banana skin to my wart at night. The Dr said she had never seen anything like it

I wonder what she would say now !

Just stated using banana peal and duck tape for verruca on ball of foot. Will take off in 3 hours time (on 18 hours ) shower and repeat. Will update

I’ve had a wart (my first) on my finger for several years now, and I’ve tried a lot of things that didn’t work, including accidentally tearing the whole thing off walking through a door carrying a large box. It bled a whole lot but then grew straight back. I’ve also tried Wartner, self treatment with dry ice (this was the most effective but very painful and still grew back), salicylic acid plasters, salicylic acid & castor oil cream.

Interesting about it being the latex and potassium in the banana that does it. Remembering back, I developed the wart not long after we changed over to latex free gloves at work, and I wear gloves nearly all day long normally. I’ve also been treated for low potassium levels during the time I’ve had the wart.

So, I’m really hoping the banana peel treatment will work for me, as I’ve pretty much run out of options where I live. I’ve ordered some cinnamon oil also to put on it during the day and we’ll see how I go.

I started the banana peel about ten days ago, after my young niece started talking about the white spot on my finger. I was also concerned because that’s the finger my nephew always grabs when I go to visit him. Already the wart seems different, whiter and softer and smoother somehow.

It does seem a little bigger but I think that’s just the moisture. It also felt a bit tender today. I really feel like it’s working. I’m just using it overnight, 24 hours is a bit much for me and affects the surrounding skin too much.

Banana peel Worsened the planter feet on both of my toes. Doctor did nitrogen treatment for 2 times. It didn’t work. Then i found this website and followed the suggestion (from everyone’s experience) of banana peel. But now wart is increased in size, hurts more than before. I went to the doctor today and she found some liquid collected in my wart because of the banana peel i used. And said it is not safe to do the nitrogen treatment in current situation. I am left with no treatment. This is so frustrating !

I used tagamet and it worked wonders

Banana peel for plantar warts is amazing! My 11 year old daughter had a lot of warts on her feet. They were inflamed and it was painful for her to walk. I applied a fresh skin of banana on her feet covering all warts and left it overnight. The next morning my daughter reported no pain, and the warts became darker! I’ll continue applying the peel and I believe all warts will go away soon.

Does anyone know if the banana peel works on skin tags. I Have tried everything else.

I read than pure tea tree oil works for skin tags. I just started applying tea tree oil to my skin tags about twice a day and they’re actually getting smaller. I’d suggest rubbing some on with a cotton ball after showers, when you wake up and before bed. if you search the tea tree oil remedy, there are quite a few success stories. i think the key is persistence. you need to do it for a couple weeks, maybe longer. if that doesn’t work, doctors can remove them, but try this way first, as doctors usually will cut them off and that could leave a scar, or cause an infection. good luck!

I had warts on the back of my hand that spread quickly. My grandmother told me to make a paste of baking soda and water and apply once a day. They were gone in 5 days. Apparently the soda affects the acid balance and the virus causing the warts can’t survive in the altered area. takes it from acid to alkaline. Worked great for me.

Wish I’d known about the banana peel remedy forty five years ago. Had a wart on every finger of one hand, all near the nail bed. The dermatologist whittled at them & they kept coming back. One day, he told me to try taping my warts. I started out using the white bandage tape, but it kept falling off & got dirty. So I started putting bandaids on them. Within a week, the ‘mother wart’ (the first and biggest one) came off, & the others all fell off a day or two later. Haven’t seen them since.

I learned of this remedy in 1993 from an Australian Nurse (our
houseguest). I tried it; four days later no wart (on my pointer finger).

I have used banana peels to remove warts. It totally works. Takes a little time and patients. I have no warts now.

Years ago, there was a tradition in some parts of the south that when you had warts, your mother would take you to the “Wart Lady”, a kind neighbor, who would buy your warts for five or ten cents. You received the money which reinforced the “cure”. She would then tell you she would collect the warts while you were sleeping in a few days. The warts usually disappeared as if by magic. Perhaps it was another example of mind over matter or the placebo effect.

My grandson at age fifteen was greatly troubled by warts–lots of warts. The doctor froze them four times which made them worse and worse. I told him about the People’s Pharmacy banana peel remedy.
He was thoroughly skeptical of this old grandma’s funny ideas, but he taped little squares of banana peel on some of the warts overnight, of course refusing to wear them to school. He was only half-heartedly compliant but in three days the warts diminished and every one of them, including the untreated ones, had vanished before a week was over! They’ve never come back. Whew!

Potassium I heard.

banana peel is very effective. I tried for 2 weeks and the pain went off.

Ok well I’m not sure if what I have is a wart… but its right on my bottom lip on the left side. Its a raised brownish blackish bump with a pink dot right above it. I really hate it. Should I try the banana peel or does anyone know what it might be?

My wife suffered from persistent verrucas on her toe and after a recommendation from a colleague (she is a doctor) she tried the banana remedy which killed them off in a few weeks. I had to eat the bananas as she hates them, but applying a fresh piece of peel every other day or so did the job.

We have not tried this approach (but my hubby has some rough warts that finally are responding now that Fluorouracil 5% is being tried so will keep this in the backs of our minds if that does not continue to work) but there are studies on several types of latex w antiviral properties, including fig latex used for warts if people look in PubMed, so it may be the latex in banana peels that does the work for those who have had success.

My eldest son developed plantar warts on his foot. (almost definitely from an indoor swimming pool shower recess) We heard that its best to ignore plantar warts and they will disappear eventually. They started to become painful so I took him to GP and he had them frozen with liquid nitrogen. They haven’t returned and its been over a year.
Unfortunately I developed them as well. I ignored for a very long time. They just got bigger and bigger and spread in different areas. They are excruciating to the point of not being able to walk without pain and even lying in bed I get severe pain. I can’t use salicylic acid treatment as I am intolerant to this. I have been getting liquid nitrogen treatment from GP but have had 5-6 treatments and not seeing results yet. This is also very painful.
Just read about banana peel and I have applied it for the first time. I believe it will probably work but will let you know. I don’t think that the peel would have salicylic acid in it as bananas are one fruit that is safe for me as they don’t contain salicylic acid.

Hey Sue, did it work?

I see the dozens of positive comments but had to add my experience too. Our 3 year old son had an enormous verruca (wart) on his foot that was affecting the way he walked. We tried bazuka stuff with no success, then heard about the banana. Taped banana peel over the wart for 3 days, changing the peel every day. On day 3 the whole blasted wart came out, leaving a conical crater in his foot about 1/4 inch across. The crater soon healed and the wart never came back. Totally amazing!

At the moment I am trying the banana peel method and hoping that it works, at the same time I am using white spirit and an dry foot enamel board in the morning and night. I have used the burning method (no good whatsoever if anything my wart just grew, even though I initially thought that it was dead), the freezing method for 3 months (nothing). Before the banana method I tried cutting the wart off. I managed to bleed all over the floor and I had taken the first layer of the wart off and it grew back even bigger. I was not impressed as it was a very painful process.
I am hoping to rid of the wart in a few days from the banana skin if not I will consider potatoes and duct tape! This would be literally every method tried and have had my wart for five years now. Any other methods? Thanks. And one last thing, I believe that my wart is extremely deep rooted and is so sore when anything presses against it. I think that this is why my wart will not go away. It is so embarrassing around my friends and I am really self conscious towards it. I am desperate.

I know from SEVERAL that are severely allergic
to poison Ivy/oak, that rubbing the inside of
a banana peel on the effected area stops the itch
AND the healing time I was told went from ‘like three
weeks to three days’ according to my ex. I heard this
somewhere years ago, told him… the news went like wild fire through his allergic and constantly exposed family members.
They all kept repeating it to my husband, who laughed he was the first to know from me.
OH, the riper the better, and was told best to leave the icky stuff on as long as possible before washing off.

Hi,
The reason why banana peel can work (it doesn’t work on everyone) is because of the moisture that the close contact of something wet / air tight that happens.
Warts can work well via freezing / salicylic acid, but the way to treat warts are from underneath.
The roots are embedded in your skin, and the way to attack a wart is from underneath. Your body isn’t naturally fighting them off so a way to help your own immune system to fight them off is to draw away the moisture from underneath, therefor affecting the blood supply of the wart.
Ever had a long bath and your fingers go all wrinkly? Moisture has been drawn out of your skin due to the damp / air free environment.
It’s the same principle with banana peel (and I imagine anything else that retains moisture / close contact).
Once the item is placed on your skin an close contact is made with no air flow, your hand / fingers (wherever) sweats and the moisture is drawn out of that area, which affects blood flow, which more importantly stops the blood flow to the wart and allows your own body’s immune system to fight the wart from the root.
It’s as simple as that.

I do not agree. I read on People’s Pharmacy that the inside of a banana peel would sooth a mosquito bite. You don’t have to leave it on. You just rub it over the itchy spot and it calms the itch immediately. It works so well that I now save banana peels in the freezer. So there is something in banana peels that does more than just draw moisture.

I don’t think moisture is the correct word-maybe oils? and a wart IS your body fighting off-it surrounds the invader. And if it was moisture/oil, why not a band-aid? I had tried the duct tape method and that did not work for me. I have had them burned off, but they manage to reassert themselves, so I am going to try the banana.

I had a few warts on my hand once and one day I had been assigned to put a bag inched sized rocks on the floor of a shower. I had to clean the rocks all together. Anyway, the next day my warts were gone. Heard in another case the salt of the ocean can take them away. So I don’t think it’s just mind over matter, but the elements. I spiritually believe what you’re saying is in part true. But not 100% true. It’s not just mind over matter but matter in mind as well. We have to believe in something that we see. If you’d had told him to put it in water it may have not worked because there’s not enough belief in plain old ordinary water.
Same thing can be said about practice which is what I believe. In spiritually analyzing-that none of this is real, and life is what we make it, I realize it takes constant belief in something to get rid of it or get it done. That’s the same thing we’re doing in any practice. In beginners luck we don’t have to do any of that because we’re not sure what to believe and just go with the flow. But once we get use to it, we fall at all with the situations and circumstances of the obstacles involved. so then we have build merit about them.

I have a large wart on my upper arm. I am in the midst of trying the banana peel solution. After the banana peel being taped for one night, the top of the wart was so soft, I was able to pinch quite a bit off the top of it. I will report progress. I am very interested to see if this works.
I have a “colony” of senile warts on my chest. The difficulty is to tape the banana peel down as I have a lot of chest hair! Does anyone have a suitable solution for senile warts?

I used to have a bunch of warts all over both hand and they would not go away no matter what I did until I got a job where I had to wear latex gloves for 8-12 hours a day. You have to suffocate them to get them to go away, I’ve found if the root doesn’t come out then it can come back worse and as said above they are caused by a virus that spreads easily so be sure to make sure the root comes out.

Maybe it’s the latex?

The comments on your website have been very helpful. Thank you so much for the information about banana peels removing plantar warts.
Any helpful hints would be awesome, thanks for all the posts.

Funny you should say that. My daughter’s doctor said he could prescribe Cimetidine (Tagamet) for her cluster Plantars warts. Tagamet is usually prescribed for antacid/heartburn.

So after over a month of applying OTC wart remover to this gnarly black wart on my daughter’s foot I stumbled upon this website. Last night I bought a banana and she ate it and give the peal to me. I took some scissors out and snipped a section of peal that was big enough to cover her wart and taped it in place with some medical tape. In the morning we took a look at her foot and the little bugger was still there and a little more painful than normal.
A few hours later though she reached down to touch it and she seriously wondered if she was palpating the wrong foot. It was completely gone with a bit of dead skin in the spot. She’s pain free and happy as ever. Now where’s the vacuum? There’s a renegade speck on the loose.

My 4 yr old daughter has had a wart on her hand, at the base of her thumb. It was annoying her, though not painful. We tried a daily “Wart kill” treatment in the liquid form, covered with bandaids for over a month. A visit to our GP confirmed we were treating it correctly, and that though it was extremely painful it was not infected, and to keep persisting. The wart came off, and there seemed to be some residual black dots. So we gave the wart a rest for a week, then started the “Wart kill” treatment again. After the 2nd treatment, the wart came off after another 4 weeks of daily treatment, and being covered by a bandaid. We were still not happy with the skin after this 2nd treatment, and it was still very sensitive.
A friend I was telling about it recommended the banana peel method. My daughter was more than happy to use a banana peel on her hand every night, taped on, and reapplied with fresh peel the next day, or removed for preschool, then put back on after her evening bath. It wasn’t painful for her, then she would also eat the banana. So we tried the peel for 7 nights of application. Her wart location was noticeably improved after a couple of nights, and the skin looks great now. No more black dots, skin is an even colour, and it isn’t sensitive anymore.
As a result, I am trying the banana peel on my toe. I have used “Wart kill” product previously. There is uneven skin on my toe, it is still painful, and I’m keen to see if it improves for me with banana peel treatment. I’ll post again in a fortnight, and let you know how it goes.

I have used everything you can think of, Bazuka that wart, Compound W, Duck tape and Actifreeze on three warts and nothing works – now I am using the Banana skin method and already the skin has changed colour, and feels different with one treatment. So hoping this works I have now had these blasted things for three years and the docs say they should be gone now, fingers crossed this works

I’ve had a cluster of planter warts on the top of my middle finger for about 4 or 5 years now!!
It started as 1 single wart and spread and multiplied because of the applications and damage from liquid nitrogen.
Tried: “paste” wart remover. x 2 applications
liquid nitrogen by my GP. x 2 applications
liquid nitrogen from pharmacy. x 15 applications
nail polish with a plaster on top for weeks!!!
duct tape for over 2 months!!!!!
NOTHING HAS WORKED!!!! if anything the warts has only got much larger.
I WILL update when I’ve tried the banana peel. I’m very dedicated to getting rid of this thing and would love to help others if this works.
I will cut off my finger if this doesn’t work!!!!! LOL :)

I had few warts on my thumb and under my feet.
I tried wart treatment for over four years. The treatment included, surgically removing, freezing and treating with wartoff. Nothing helped and warts were growing.
Finally in disgust, I went to see the specialist. The Specialist suggested all the treatments I had already tried. When I explained that I already have tried all of them, she said there is nothing else she can do. However, she gave me a photo copy of the banana peel treatment process and said try this.
I am not joking, I treated two of my warts with the banana peel and I kept the banana peel on the wart for there for three days in a row (I was so over the warts….).
After a week or so (I cannot remember the exact time period, however it was not long) Not only the two warts, all the other small ones that I did not treat with banana peel diapered.

The comments on your website have been very helpful. Thank you so much for the information about banana peels removing plantar warts. After using this remedy just one night (and day), the hard kernels have come off. I will continue treatment until they’re all gone. The pain I had when walking is greatly relieved already.

can I wash the warts after removing the peel in the morning ?

I have had this VERY stubborn wart on my thumb for years! I’ve had it frozen about 10 times. I have had it surgically removed. I have been to 2 different dermatologists. I’ve used DNCB twice. (The second time I had an allergic reaction.) I’ve tried the duct tape for a year straight! I’ve also tried many home remedies like the potato. I’ve tried using Vitamin E (externally and internally.) I really am sick of this wart! We’ve messed with it so much that it has become extremely sensitive. I work with children, so I’m always asked what’s on my thumb. (I also have a small one on my eyelid, but I won’t touch that! I had one on my leg and let the doctor cut it out and 2 grew in its place!)
I’m gonna try the banana peel on my thumb and see how it works. Seeing as I have a very stubborn wart, how long should I keep trying this method?

I read about the banana peel on warts because I have a few warts on my bald head. I tried the freezing from the doctor, it got rid of the wart but now I have a scar on my head from where the freezing was done.
I have 1 wart on my head that is large so I put a piece of banana peel on the wart, then put a bandaid on it overnight. In only 3 nights the wart has reduced in size to less than half. I am going to keep using this method until they are all gone. The doctor charged me $20.00 for the freezing and I only paid $1.25 for some bananas, and it’s natural food, then I just eat the rest of the banana and enjoy that too.

Aren’t you supposed to bury it in your yard under a full moon? Humbug was a great x-files episode.

tumor necrosis factor is in the banana peel

I had a planter wart on base of foot below below big toe for more than 6 yrs before I did anything about it. I tried the medical wart pads. Nothing.
A year later it clustered with smaller warts. I tried the apple cider vinegar remedy (which worked for a young regular wart on forearm) that brought the planter wart to the surface after 6 weeks.
A few months later, I got the doctor to freeze it. That turned it black, but was so painful I couldn’t stand on it for a day! Then a friend told me about this remedy, which I did nightly with a band aid over and they all went in just over a week. Remember to trim the dead skin away from around the edge.

I have a 10 year old girl that has plantar warts still after 2 years of 2 doctors. Have tried laser, wart peel, surgery, and that really strong stuff the doctor puts on her that causes blistering. She has now taken citamedine for a month. 2 Years ago she start with one now she has 8. I was hoping the citamedine would work. I’m thinking about trying the banana today. Any suggestions? How long do you think I should keep her on citamedine. Its been a nightmare.

I’ve heard that you need to rub the inside of a banana peel on the wart first, then tape the peel to your wart and keep it on over night. It may take awhile but the potassium in the peel will dissolve the wart.

You’re right J, the wart is a weak virus. I have usually been able to make a wart disappear off of someone overnight by speaking directly to the wart, “Wart, wither up at your roots and die in the name of Jesus! Be gone!” The only times it hasn’t worked was if someone had no faith in Jesus or his healing, or no faith in spiritual based (energy based) methods like your potato healing.
And you’re right, kids talking about the wart after the healing, or the subject talking about their malady as if it were not going to disappear after a Jesus healing, nullifies the healing. The Master himself said, “Be it unto you according to your faith”.

Hello The potato cure is old Irish folk medicine. Generally does NOT work for children because they always talk about the wart and this gives the wart attention. They are a weak life form and can be killed when TWO PEOPLE focus and want them to be gone!!!
First find a potato that is just about to have wrinkled skin but NOT bumps or starts of “eyes” growing. Cut it in half lengthwise. Use one side for the treatment. This side is hidden in the garden with the warted person not seeing/knowing where. Sit down side by side with the person and hold the foot or hand and look at the warts together. Focus on them leaving while rubbing the warts into little holes on ONE SIDE OF THE TREATMENT POTATO. Get the potato milky juice all over the warts and the area.
When the person leaves after washing their hands, hand them the clean unused half of the potato. They sit this in some private place where they can see it dry up and when it is dry and hard the warts are gone. Advise them NOT to attract other peoples attention to the process! Keep the energy between yourself and the potato!
Each time it is an astonishment!!! The little virus cannot live when it is “BAD VIBED” AND did you know potato has more potassium than BANANAS???
LOL xo*J
PS Note other cures are OILS and these smother bacteria and other small life forms that require oxygen to live. (VICKS is petroleum tho, make a salve with olive oil and beeswax and GSE. Grapefruit Seed Extract on clean freshly trimmed nails and oil of Oregano supplements internally seriously improve discomfort from all fungus, athletes foot and skin rashes….so nice!!!

My 10 year old chihuahua has had a “skin tag”/wart the size of a raspberry or over 2 years. The vet assures me it is nothing even though it would occasionally open and bleed a bit. Was told to keep it clean and apply doggie antibiotic with no improvement. I found a health article about uses for foods and that is where I learned about the benefits of banana peel for dry skin scaly patches, warts etc. I tried it on myself and it definitely helped y itchy patches and smoothed out the couple of “old lady” warts.
I have been applying it to the dog’s “evil twin”. He doesn’t mind at all as it feels cooling. The bloody spots have all dried. The growth itself is hardening and although this remedy will take some time I can see improvement on a daily basis.
This is an awesome website btw!

Hello,
I’ve tryed everything to get rid of my planter warts, duct tape and super glue compound w a c vinager. Nothing seems to work. Talking to my mom tonight she said use a banana peal to make it go away…. well here goes nothing, just praying it works!
-how offen do I change the peal?
-how long do I keep doing this for?
Any helpful hints would be awesome, thanks for all the posts…. your all very helpful : )

Hello,
I’ve tried everything to get rid of my planter warts, duct tape and super glue compound w/ a c vinegar. Nothing seems to work. Talking to my mom tonight she said use a banana peal to make it go away…. well here goes nothing, just praying it works!
-how often do I change the peel?
-how long do I keep doing this for?
Any helpful hints would be awesome, thanks for all the posts…. your all very helpful : )

Oh my the banana peel worked I have had a wart on my forehead for about 5 years and I found this site and tried the banana and I am the happiest lady!!!! Thanks!!!

I have not tried the banana peel but I will be telling someone else about it. I had them on the bottom of my foot as a child. My mom took me to a surgeon who removed them. He said surgery was the only way because you had to go deep to remove the seed. Plantar warts are seed warts.
Wish I had know about the banana peel because it makes sense with the compounds. Mine never came back. I have a sister that gave a friend of my fathers a penny and he laid hands on hers and told it he toke it and she would not see it the next day so say goodbye. She never did. I love nature. Apple cider cures so many things and tea tree oil is always in our house. It clears acne better than anything.
Also if you have corns on your toe try garlic. I take a small piece of fresh clove and tape it on with a band aid. It starts taking pain and redness out the 1st nite.

Hi Gina, I had a similar issue. I had a plantar wart on the sole of my foot that was treated by my doctor and a chiropodist for about 3 years but it never went away. As a matter of fact, due to the painful treatments I was walking funny and ended up needing physiotherapy for my hip! I heard about the banana treatment and tried it. I taped a piece of banana skin on top of the wart and left on all the time – Changing the banana twice a day.
It took a few weeks but finally the build up of skin was removed and I could see the wart was larger than I realized – not a pinhead size but more like a dime. When I could see the black “seeds” I switched to apple cider vinegar soaked pads taped to my foot instead of banana. That’s when it started to hurt. Every night I would rub it with a pumice and gently cut away ant dead skin. Right now I think I’m wart-free for the first time in years:-)). Good luck everyone!

Hi I still working on the wart. The Banana hs not worked yet and it keeps growing back. I may take it to the doctors for freezing as the over counter methods has not worked despite 5 freezing attempts.

Ok so I have had a plantars wart on my right foot for almost ten years. I had no idea what it was, i thought it was a callous because in that exact same spot i stepped on a thorn and when it had healed over the wart was there.
Finally the doctor told me it was a plantars wart. I tried getting it frozen off, I tried otc freezing and the liquid remover, these worked a little but it always grew back. I have been using the banana peel method for about ten days.( duct taping a banana peel to my foot and changing it every 24 hrs) within the first few days i noticed a real difference in the appearance of the wart, it seemed sort of like a crater (with the inside sort of shrinking inwards) after a few days of this I filed it down with a pumice stone and I have to say that it looks very good but I still have a white patch with little tiny black specks. and over the past few days of treatment I have not noticed any results.
it seems slightly more painful. im not really sure if I should continue. my foot is very irritated and I have red bumps on it like I have had a reaction to the duct tape. Any advice? am I doing something wrong and where should I proceed from here?
People’s Pharmacy response: Some people are quite sensitive to adhesives, and you may be one of them. You might need to find a different way to hold the banana peel on your foot or try a different wart remedy.

I had a huge wart on my right middle finger, right next to the nail. I had it frozen off at the dermatologist. It grew back, bigger than before. I had it frozen off again. It grew back twice as big. I started rubbing banana peel on it several times a day and it was gone in about 3 weeks. Just developed a wart on my forehead and have begun doing the same. It’s already shrinking.
I don’t really care why. It just works.

When I was about 6 or 7 I had a wart on my hand and my Grandpa bought it from me. He gave me a penny and said to hide it and never tell anyone where I put it. I did and my wart went away and he said he got one. I never say his, but mine was gone. I thought my Grandpa could walk on water so maybe just the fact that I believed him was enough.

It wasn’t thistle milk she used it was milk weed. I don’t remember it turning black or that it took that long. She just put it on everyday and it was just during the summer since it was in Iowa and of course we don’t have milk weed when it is cold.

I used that remedy on hand warts with success. The thistle milk turns them black and they eventually come out – it takes ages though, Kate

I wrote my intention to commence banana skin & duct tape treatment on 12th December and have done so for a month with no result. I’m still off the alcohol and maintaining a moderate diet with increased alkalizing foods to improve my immune system but not detoxing any more.
Not sure whether to continue with the banana peel or move over to lemon oil x 5 times daily & leave open. The surrounding skin on my foot is breaking down from constant occlusion of duct tape by night and bandaid by day.

January 8 2011 – SIgning on for treatment.
Large wart on left knee.
Tried burning off with dry ice 5 times.
Wart has just got bigger.
Have used sandpaper to take top off wart.
Have used Banana skin and band-aid.
Will report back next week.

I lived on a farm in Iowa while growing up and my sister got rid of her warts by putting milk weed on them. Everyday she would brake a leaf off the plant and dab the mild on her warts and they went away.

Try Vaseline Petroleum Jelly, every day and night, rub into the nail, crevices etc… it works in about 4-6 months. The only other option is really BAD Fungicides which have side effects. A nurse told my Mom this… it worked for me. If you can wear sandals around the house and leave it really thick on your toenail it will work faster. :) Good Luck!

In March 2011 I noticed 5 plantar warts, 4 on the left foot and 1 on the right. I went to the pharmacy for ‘Wart Off’ and painted them & covered with a bandaid bd. 4 popped out but one remained. I treated it the same way 2 or 3 times more then gave up and commenced podiatry treatment. It was a mosaic (3 in 1) & treated for 4 months 2 and sometimes 3 times a month with acid and cryosurgery, pared down to bleeding tissue prior to being burnt or frozen.
In September I quit all alcohol to improve my immune system & began seeing an emotion healer, essential oil soaks and application (lemon & tea tree) then Himalayan salt soak/rubs. In October I told the podiatrist I would not be back and commenced a low/no acid diet to improve my immune system & did one more ‘wart off’ treatment but occluded it with duct bd.
Last night I removed the not so deep mushy wart tissue and I’m now ready to use the banana peel treatment. I’ve just read that it should be applied at night so will commence that tonight. I’ve temporarily covered it with duct tape since last evening. Not sure whether to remove the banana skin in the morning and duct it over or reapply banana or leave it open. Any advice would be appreciated thank you, Kate.

I finally got rid of my warts once and for all. I used some salicylic acid treatment on the warts first (over the counter wart remover- cheapest kind you can buy). It made the warts look and feel terrible so I decided to stop putting it on. I was so desperate to get rid of the warts at that point so I decided to soak my hand in hot water for as long as I could in order to soften the warts. Then, using tweezers, I peeled whatever tissues I could from the surfaces of both warts.
I would wait a couple days in between soakings and then soak and peel off some more. After doing this about 3 times, the warts were pretty much invisible. At that point I started applying castor oil to the scar tissue with a q-tip before going to bed every night. I did this for about a month just to keep the warts from resurfacing. Any time I ever saw tiny black dots starting to form, I would pick them out with tweezers again and apply more castor oil. I don’t put anything on now because it is no longer necessary. The warts are still gone and it has been almost 3 months!
I hope this helps some of you. Just soak those things and peel them off, little by little. Use castor oil as the last step.

Here is my story! I have had a wart on my ring finger on the tip of the finger, where the nail is.. and it is nasty. I have had it frozen 2Xs and nothing. I have used apple cider vinegar 3Xs and nope it will not die! I am so sick of this thing! So I dipped it in bleach for 15 minutes.. um that did not do anything but cause pain. OK so now I have wrapped it in banana peel for 3 nights and I see nothing happening : ( I am not sure what to do.
This wart is flat and under the skin it seems. when I run my finger across it I feel it, but it is under the skin. I am desperate and so I will continue to use it. Tonight I am going to wrap it up extra good. The weird part is it still hasn’t turned black, or brown. In the mornings it is white and nasty looking and I think ok it works but, as a few minutes pass I am unable to see I am even applying the peel. I am so sick of this, I just want a cure. I have been struggling with this for months. I have to keep my nail cut completely off and well it looks horrible, and is nasty. I would really love to hear of any suggestions.

For those with the Toenail fungus problem.
I got it in one toe. Why only one I sure don’t know. LOL Anyway I got rid of it permanently by scraping all the fungus I could get at away. I then took a bottle of good ole Dettol Liquid disinfectant and using a clean q-tip applied it liberally all around and under the nail. I just kept doing this morning and nite and after a couple weeks it was all cleared up. Hope others will find this useful as well.
Cheers
Rjay
Glad I found this info re the wart/banana peel treatment.
Thanx

When I was a child I had a wart on the palm of my hand – my grandmother took a needle and twisted it down into the middle of the wart until I could feel it. She put a candle to the end of the needle that was sticking out of the wart and heated it until it was very hot. It wasn’t that painful as I recall just red hot on the end. The treatment worked and the wart “died” and fell off in a week… I was young, but I remember it like it was yesterday.

Once the plantar wart appears to be gone, do a vinegar on cotton ball application. Tape it on and renew twice a day for five days. They say that in this final step the 5% acidity of the vinegar will kill off the remaining virus.

Sac,
I have been doing the banana peel for 2 weeks now and my warts look like they are totally gone. I am still treating them though because I want to make SURE they don’t come back. I do the treatment at night and like you, I keep my banana peel in the fridge or keep one frozen as an extra. It still works. This is the most amazing treatment ever (and cheap entertainment for your granddaughter!! lol) Keep at it!!

Well, I have been on the banana peel for 3 weeks. My granddaughter still thinks its hysterical. Wart way, way smaller and the one that was coming out and already showing it ugly head is almost gone. Liz, I change the banana peel every night. By morning its black a lot of times. Since I am putting a lg piece on my forehead and 3 smaller ones on the face, I use 1/2 banana ea nite. The other 1/2 goes in the frig for the next day. The bananas themselves are going in a ziploc in the freezer for smoothies or protein drinks. btw, I have a lot of bumps that arent pimples coming out on my forehead. I use the lg strip for this, just in case it helps. I will keep you all posted.

WARNING: Don’t quit the banana peel treatment too soon. I thought my planters wart was gone, so stopped the treatment, and about a week later noticed some discomfort when I stepped down on my foot. Looked at it, the wart was there, albeit very small. Now I’m back at the banana peel. Have no idea how long this will take, but it’s better than anything else I’ve tried.
Does anyone know how often you should change the banana peel?

update: its been 2 weeks and they are definitely smaller and more compact.
ann, how long did it take for your wart to leave? did you do the peel only at night? was it always a ‘fresh’ peel or one from the fridge you had used also the day before?
Funny thing, I am putting a full strip on my forehead and my soon to be 3 yr old granddaughter saw it. She squealed w/ laughter. She kept saying, “why do you have a banana peel on your forehead?” and kept touching it so as to reaffirm it was indeed a banana peel. I told her it was cuz I had a booboo on my face. She then pointed to her toe and told me she had a booboo there and could she have banana peel too?

I have had warts on my nail bed and 3 fingers for a year. I had them frozen a couple of times and burned off (painful) by my dermatologist to no avail. I went through 5 bottles of Compound W and a similar product at Wal Mart – nothing worked. My husband saw the banana peel recommendation on Dr. Oz and I have been using it all week.
I am happy to report that this is the ONLY thing that is working for me – every morning, the warts look better and one is completely gone!! The only regret I have is that I spent almost $300 at the dermatologist for nothing….

My daughter has had a wart on the palm of her hand just where her ring finger begins for about 3 years. We tried compound w for a long time. It did very little good. We went to the dermatologist because she also begin to have more warts, mostly on her knee and she has a plantar wart.
The derm. froze them several times. They did not go away. Then the derm. froze them and put some medicine on that caused a blister to form. From this very painful treatment only one went away but returned later. We are now going to try the banana peel method. Will post later with results.

Well, its been parts of 5 days. (one night I didn’t have bananas). The wart on my face is smaller. The ‘supposed’ 2 others ditto. I also have been getting a ton of bumps on my forehead possibly due to high cholesterol(?)(so thinks my Dr!) and I am putting banana peel on my forehead also. These too have shrunk. re: ‘ME’, I am thinking you didn’t give it enough time. The other people said it worked after a month at the earliest. These are on my face so I have nothing to lose except time.
Thanks for the update, keep me up to date on your progress w/the nail polish. If I end up going that route, I may have to think about using black polish and trying to pull them off as new moles! :)

Hello again… this is an update for my July 9th post: I tried the banana peel for about 2 weeks. I thought that it looked like it was working but then I just got discouraged because I noticed that what looked like the wart drying up and falling off was actually just pieces of the banana peel drying up and falling off. I stopped putting on the banana peel after 2 weeks of basically no change. I am now trying clear nail polish. The wart looks terrible and is bright white in color now. I hope the nail polish works. I have been doing it for almost 2 weeks as well. I just wish there was a really fast way to get rid of the warts. I have been wearing a band-aid on my finger for 4 years now and I bet people are starting to wonder why.

Hey, I’m not seeing the results from others starting to use it coming, just the starts, of the banana peel. so………………… here I go. Thursday night (early morning of Fri) the 28th. They’re on my face. 3 that possibly are in different stages, but one definite wart. Will do all 3. will chronicle my progress here. I hope there’s no fire in my house tonight cuz I will never be able to explain it to the firefighters!!

I started the banana peel remedy just over 24 hours ago. I have noticed a change in my planters wart. There was a huge crater in the middle of the wart and the skin seems to have leveled off almost completely. Initially the pain got better but is now very tender. I have tried duct tape before and thought that I would give the banana peel a try before freezing it off. I feel for anyone with these warts on their foot as it is extremely painful.
I have much confidence in this remedy as it seems to be improving. I will keep everyone posted. Oh and I have faith in God to heal me! The date is july 9 2011. Hope this helps for everyone!

I’m starting the banana peel treatment as well. This is my second night. I have tried everything else, except for going to the doctor. I have 2 warts on my middle finger… one on the knuckle and one in the joint.
I am bookmarking this page and will set a reminder for myself to update everyone on what happens within a week or two, depending on how long this takes. Even if it doesn’t work, I will do my best to remember to re-post later. I hope I will have good news for us all!!!

July 6th 2011 I am starting the banana peel and trusting God. I believe its gonna work…will post later……Please let me know how its working for you. My wart is on top of my nose:( Praying for your banana peeling healing :)

Starting banana peel treatment July 4 2011… hope this works… haven’t tried any other remedies but from what I’ve heard, I don’t really want to try freezing or surgical removal.
I’m going to eat a banana everyday too….

I remember my grandma trying this on my cousin a long time ago (like 30 yrs ago) I’m 43 now. and the warts came off and far as I know, she hasn’t had any warts since then.

Thanks goodness for this site. Several months ago, my naturapath had recommended banana for my planters wart, but instead I have continued on with my Boiron’s homeopathic ointment (to no avail). So this morning I taped on a slice of banana, but when I stood up to walk on it, banana squished out between my toes. That was pleasant, reminding me of walking in mud as a child; however realizing something more needed to be checked out, I’ve just come online. After reading this site, I now remember the doc said banana PEEL! Back to the kitchen for some peel and then a fresh pair of socks!!!

When I was a teenager, I had a lot of warts on my fingers. My Mom had me put fingernail polish on them. I would leave it on a day or so, and then pull or rub off the polish. I continued to do this and each time I would rub the nail polish off, more of the wart came with it. They finally went away and never came back. Not sure how long it took (since that was 55 or so yrs. ago), but I know it wasn’t more than a week or two.

I have been fighting skin tags for a long time, recently I tried to scrape them off, after compound W, and cover some with compound W band aides, caused a lot of pain and some bad sores, they were on my breast and under my arm, I didn’t go any deeper with my trying to get the rest off, which I have many more… I’m am going to try the banana treatment starting tonight 4/16/2011 and will keep a report on what results I can see. If you have any further suggestions I would appreciate any help..

Banana is one of the remedy for heartburn also. Natural remedies rock.

The best thing for warts is lavender oil.

What is homeopathy? Do you mean you used natural stuff? What kind? How much? How often…..
PEOPLE’S PHARMACY RESPONSE: HOMEOPATHY WORKS ON THE PRINCIPLE THAT A LITTLE BIT OF WHAT MAKES YOU SICK WILL MAKE YOU BETTER. IT IS DIFFERENT FROM HOME REMEDIES, AND THOUGH IT USES NATURAL PRODUCTS, NOT ALL NATURAL PRODUCT REMEDIES ARE HOMEOPATHIC.

My daughter had two plantar wart’s on her left big toe. After she tried all the over-the-counter remedies, I suggested she soak a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar and apply to the warts after opening them up with a needle in the center. She told me that she did I suggested and only applied the cotton ball once for about 30 minutes. In a couple of days, the warts fell off and have not returned. At the time, I didn’t know about the banana peel remedy or I would have suggested that but the apple cider vinegar worked great for her!
Also as a side note, I had a terrible case of athlete’s foot after counseling for a youth camp years ago and using the public showers. I used all the OTC stuff and it would help for a little while but then the athlete’s foot would come back in full force. I became very frustrated and embarrassed since I couldn’t wear sandals as my feet were very unsightly.
I had been reading at the time about the many uses of apple cider vinegar. So, after my shower and completely drying off, I began pouring apple cider vinegar over my feet and allowing it to air dry. I immediately got relief from the awful itching and in a few days my feet began to heal until eventually it was gone completely. I think it took a few weeks for my feet to completely heal. Love that A.C.Vinegar!!

This is a year after your post. I am also sitting here with a piece of banana skin taped to my nose. I have done this for the last two nights. My wart has lost its crustiness and gone flat,it looked like a cone on the side of my nose and it was holding my glasses up. I am amazed, I cannot believe I am doing this. But some thing is working. I read that having warts is a sign of low potassium.

Well how did it go?
I’ve heard of many remedies…
Banana peel?
Duct Tape?
Apple Cider Vinegar?
Superglue/clear nail polish/”NuSkin” type treatments?

Did the banana peels work for the warts on your nose? How long did it take? I didn’t see any more updates from you.

Hi there, the banana peel works – because it has high levels of potassium, which kills the virus… :D – another good wart removal, which I used myself when I was younger is clear nail polish… coat the wart everyday in clear nail polish and within 2 or 3 weeks the wart will be gone and never return.

This was the very first People’s Pharmacy home remedy I tried many years ago and it made a believer out of me!! I tape a piece of banana peel (the inside of the peel against the wart) to the wart overnight and the wart will be gone in usually 3 days. Works every time.

Did it eventually go away? As that’s also me right now. I was in so much pain, put the banana on and the pain left it, this is my 3rd day with the banana – they’re still there but at least I can walk!

Just curious, did all those using the banana peel cure also eat the bananas? There might be a connection to their increase in potassium levels.

Retin-a, usually used on acne and wrinkles, has cleared my son’s melascum. Just a little dab once a day.

My 8 year old daughter has warts that were diagnosed as molluscum. They started on her legs, but have now spread to her chest and arms. She must have over 100 now. I am very concerned they will spread even more. Please let me know if anyone has experience with this particular type of wart and how you treated it. Thank you.
PEOPLE’S PHARMACY RESPONSE: MOLLUSCUM CONTAGIOSUM IS A COMMON PROBLEM IN CHILDREN. IT IS CAUSED BY A VIRUS AND SPREADS THROUGH DIRECT SKIN CONTACT. IT ISN’T USUALLY TREATED, BECAUSE IT WILL EVENTUALLY GO AWAY ON ITS OWN (BUT WHILE SHE HAS IT, SHE CAN SPREAD IT TO OTHER CHILDREN). YOU WILL FIND A VARIETY OF REMEDIES IN THE WIKIPEDIA ARTICLE, BUT YOU SHOULD ASK YOUR PEDIATRICIAN BEFORE DOING ANYTHINIG DRASTIC.

I’ve had plantar warts on the bottom of my right foot for a year or two. Started off as one, tried to treat it with cold freeze, did nothing.
Saw my doc the other day because I felt pain & there’s a whole cluster of them now :(
She suggested banana peel. Banana peel at night and during the day use the medicated Scholl’s plantar wart strips. Plus you must pumice stone the wart away between treatments.
I’m onto day 4 right now. Can feel pain sometimes – am hoping it’s the wart dying. Area looks pretty horrible due to banana peel softening skin. Will report back on how treatment goes.

Compound w will get rid of them.

Why did the May 9 last report not continue? Did it work? Please report back, what was your experience?
I am trying the banana peel on a wart on my thumb near the joint that I have had at least 20 years. It is smooth not cauliflower like plantars warts. I was told the usual remedies would not work.

I’ve been treating plantar warts on my feet (5 total) with just the duct tape for about three weeks now. I re-apply the duct tape after the shower daily. Smaller warts (3 total) started turning into small holes in the skin after about two weeks. However, one small wart is just sitting there without much change. From day to day I noticed that they look different. It seems they gradually die off on one day, but then try to re-grow another day. One medium size wart got bigger, but then started becoming like a moon crater in the skin, it seems to get a little deeper day by day, but then re-grow a little on another day.

It will be the 3rd night I am doing this. What is the approx. amount of time that you see results?
(I use frozen peels)

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