Sunday, January 23, 2011

Garlic: Does More than just Get Rid of Vampires

There's one thing I don't want to look like on my wedding day. Okay, really, there's probably more than one thing (others in the list include: crazy person, sleep deprived crazy person, etc), but one thing is like this:
If you want to buy them for yourself, go here.

Today I'm going to talk to you about a kid of embarrassing health problem. Warts. See, as far as I know, they don't really hurt you, but they are obnoxious, annoying, and -again- embarrassing. Nobody wants some lumpy bumpy thing sticking out of their skin. I've had my fair share of experiences with them, too.

When I was younger, I had about 3 planters warts on the bottom of my foot. They were on the pads of my foot so I couldn't get them burned off or anything so I remember going once a week, after soccer practice, and the doctor would use a knife and cut out more of the wart until it was gone. In high school, I got a wart on my elbow that I got frozen off with liquid nitrogen. As a freshman in college, that wart came back and I also had another on my elbow. I got those both frozen off. As a junior in college, I had about five on my hands, but 3 were small. I got two frozen off and the other three burned off with acid. Ugh, what a pain, right?

After I graduated, and as I was (still am) getting closer to the wedding, I noticed I was starting to get about a dozen warts on my arm. They were super small - no bigger than a pin head - but I could finally recognize them so I knew they were there.

Getting warts burned/frozen doesn't cost more than just my co-pay, but it is ridiculously painful. Getting them frozen is by far the worst pain I've ever felt, and it usually take three times for them to go away. Needlessly to say, I was looking for a less painful solution for the future.

So what did I do? Well, I tried the band-aids, at home freezing treatments (also painful), and at home gel stuff, but nothing worked. I guess I just got a nice strong strain of warts. My doctor says they're just a virus in your body, and they effect some people more than others.

Well, I bet you can guess what I did next. I did what any smarty pants would do, I went to visit my good ol' friend, Google. I read a bunch of things people claim work, but, frankly, I'm lazy and cutting off a small piece of banana peel and putting it on my arm with duct tape seemed like too much work. I kept looking until I found the simplest, easiest, and least time consuming solution. (source)

Garlic. Yeah, werid, right? I read online that taking garlic tablets help get rid of warts. I didn't believe it, but I seemed easy so I gave it a try. I bough the odorless ones (which I highly recommend so you don't smell like garlic bread), and they taste kind of gross, but I took them daily, and guess what? No more warts. That's it, they were gone. I could barely believe it. I had warts forever and in about two months, they were no longer!
I would recommend Garlic Tablets to anyone that has a similar problem, but, fyi, from what I've noticed, they don't really work for planter warts (the ones on your feet). I take the Nature Made brand, and I just pick them up at the grocery store. They cost between $9-$16 a box, it seems, which seems like a lot, but it's less than my co-pay and feels totally worth it to me. It feels really nice to finely clear up something that's bothered me since middle school.

Anybody else trying to take care of weird health things before the big day?