No one likes warts, but how do we get them and more important how can they be removed.
A range of types of wart have been identified, varying in shape and site affected, as well as the type of human papillomavirus involved. These include
Common wart (Verruca vulgaris), a raised wart with roughened surface, most common on hands,
but can grow anywhere on the body; Common warts are different from moles, and they aren’t cancerous. In fact, they’re usually harmless and often disappear on their own. But you may find common warts bothersome or embarrassing, and you may want treatment to remove them.
Treatment helps prevent common warts from spreading to other parts of your body or to other people. But common warts may recur after treatment, and they may be a persistent problem.
Flat wart (Verruca plana), a small, smooth flattened wart, flesh-coloured, which can occur in large numbers; most common on the face, neck, hands, wrists and knees.
Filiform or digitate wart on the lip, is a thread- or finger-like wart, most common on the face, especially near the eyelids and lips.
Plantar wart (verruca, Verruca pedis), a hard sometimes painful lump, often with multiple black specks in the center. They are usually only found on pressure points on the soles of the feet.
Mosaic wart, a group of tightly clustered plantar-type warts, commonly on the hands or soles of the feet;
Genital wart (venereal wart, Condyloma acuminatum, Verruca acuminata), a wart that occurs on the genitalia.
Periungual wart, a cauliflower-like cluster of warts that occurs around the nails.
The human papilloma virus (HPV) is the cause of warts. These growths can appear anywhere on the skin of the body. From the head and face to the genital area and feet. They may look like small, fleshy bumps; hard, flat growths with a rough surface and well-defined boundaries; gray or brown lumps with tiny pinprick-size black dots.
There are about 130 known types of human papilloma viruses. HPV infects the squamous epithelium, usually of the skin or genitals, but each HPV type is typically only able to infect only a few specific areas on the body. Many HPV types can produce a benign growth, often called a “wart” or “papilloma”, in the area they infect. To grow the papilloma needs a blood supply to nourish it that is supplied by a network of capillaries.
Treatment for common warts
There are many different treatments and procedures associated with wart removal. One review of 52 clinical trials of various cutaneous wart treatments concluded that topical treatments containing salicylic acid were the best supported, with an average cure rate of 75%, compared with 48% for the placebo in six placebo-controlled trials including a total of 376 participants. The reviewers also concluded that there was little evidence of a significant benefit of cryotherapy (freezing with nitrogen) over salicylic acid or duct tape.
In a double-blind, randomized and controlled clinical trial at Mayo in 90 adults when transparent duct tape was compared to mole skin, there was no statistically significant difference for resolution of the target wart between patients treated with moleskin versus patients treated with duct tape. Eight of 39 patients (21%) in the treatment group vs 9 of 41 patients in the control group (22%) had complete resolution of the target wart. Fewer of the patients achieving resolution of their wart in the moleskin group had recurrence of their wart.
For Plantar warts often covering them with duck tape for a week up to 1 month then gently soaking off the tape. Drying the area and rubbing it gently with an emery board or pumice stone. Repeat the process over the course of a month or two before the warts disappear, but a study published in the October 2002 Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine found that the duct tape method worked better than having a doctor freeze the warts off with liquid nitrogen, which can be painful and cause scarring.It is as effective as using any drug or over the counter preparation on them.
If a person has a very delicate or sensitive skin do not do this treatment. then soak in water and rub gently with an emery board or pumice stone. You may have to repeat the process over the course of a month or two before the warts disappear, but a study published in the October 2002 Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine found that the duct tape method worked better than having a doctor freeze the warts off with liquid nitrogen, which can be painful and cause scarring.
Other treatments for Plantar warts include Leave them alone. Most will disappear without treatment, sooner or later.
Try a “paint on” solution. Look for an over-the-counter treatment containing a 40 percent salicylic acid, and apply once or twice a day for a few weeks. To help avoid getting plantar warts, avoid areas known to harbor the virus, including warm, moist places such as shower floors, locker rooms and public swimming pools. Always wear shower thongs or sandals when you use a public locker room or shower, and use foot powders and change your socks often to keep feet dry.
Homeopathic medicine has been effective in treating Plantar and figwarts. Contact your local naturopathic or homeopathic health care provider to find the remedy most beneficial to you.
Some have even used visualization to rid themselves of warts. By only seeing the area that holds the wart as perfect skin and the wart shrinking, the frequency of the cells in the area change and if your diet becomes more alkaline then viruses cannot live in an alkaline environment.
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