What causes warts?

September 17, 2012 in About Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), About Warts, Warts prevention

Warts are caused by a very common form of virus that attacks us humans – human papilloma virus or HPV. It is estimated that HPV virus affects approximately 40% of all human population. In most cases, this virus is completely benign, the exception are genital warts which can in some cases lead to cervical cancer.

A wart growing on a finger

Finger wart caused by a Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)

HPV virus has several forms, or strains, which are responsible for different types of warts. Common warts are caused by HPV types 2, 4 and 7; flat warts are caused by types 3 and 10; plantar warts are caused by type 1 HPV virus. The most complex are genital warts which are result of over 30 types of HPV. Women between age 16 and 26 should receive Gardasil vaccine which can protect them against four different types of HPV, two of which are responsible for 75% cervical cancer cases.

Warts are contagious so if you have them, please take care not to pass them on people around you or on your sexual partner.

People with weak immune system are particularly prone to HPV viruses. Viruses causing warts are not very resistant so the immune system will easily fight them once it recognizes them. Wart viruses are able to survive for long time because they live in the skin area and often pass undetected by the immune system.

The best way to protect yourself from HPV virus is to fortify your immune system so that even if you do come in contact with the virus, you will not be infected. You will build strong immune system by consuming lots of fresh fruit and vegetables and by drinking lots of water. Try to have enough sleep so that your body can rest after daily strains and stress. Exercise will do miracles for your immune system. No matter how busy you are you should spend at least half an hour walking each day. Spend at least half an hour a day exposed to fresh air and sun light. Vitamins A, E and C and Propolis will also help your immune system to stay strong and impenetrable.

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What are the home remedies to get rid of warts?

September 17, 2012 in Home remedies for warts, OTC remedies for warts, Wart treatments

Warts can be quite an unsightly problem so it is understandable why many shrink from visiting doctor’s office and subjecting themselves to the embarrassment of displaying their annoying monsters. Fortunately, there is a number of home remedies to get rid of warts which include simple procedures that anyone can perform in order to get rid of warts fast.

Topical salicylic acid treatment to cure warts

Salicylic acid is one of the most effective warts treatments

Getting rid of warts using duct tape

Duct tape is probably the most simple and most uncommon way to get rid of warts. Many claim that duct tape helped them remove the warts which resisted other ’more professional’ treatments. Here is how it is done.

Cut a piece of duct tape big enough to fit over your wart. Paste it over the wart and leave it there for six days. After six days remove the tape, soak the wart for ten minutes in warm water and then use a pumice stone or emery board to remove the dead skin off your wart. Leave a wart to dry over night. In the morning apply another piece of duct tape. Repeat this procedure every six days until the wart is gone. Doctors believe that the irritation that is caused by this treatment triggers off your immune system to fight off the virus. This makes duct tape 100% natural wart removal procedure.

Getting rid of warts using salicylic acid

Salicylic acid dissolves warts creating the environment in which the HPV virus causing it can no longer survive.

Crush a part of a salicylic pill and dissolve it in some water. Soak a small piece of gauze or cotton with this solution and bandage your wart. This treatment might cause some irritation because you will not be able to control the concentration of salicylic acid in the solution. To avoid this, you can try some over the counter remedies containing salicylic acid which come in the form of liquids, foam and pads. Apply the remedy every 24 hours and in the meantime soak your wart in warm water and peal the dead skin with a pumice stone or emery board. It usually takes a few days to 12 weeks for a wart to peel away and disappear. This treatment is considered safe but it is recommended for seniors and diabetics to consult their doctor before trying it.

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Getting rid of warts using cryotherapy treatment

Cryotherapy is the treatment that doctors perform in their office but there are also several types of over the counter applicators which use dimethyl ether and propane to create similar freezing effect.

The application is simple and easy: just hold the applicator for about 40 seconds to the wart and the chemical will freeze its top layers. Leave the wart to dry and in the following days gently peel off the dead skin using a pumice stone or emery board. You will have to repeat the procedure several times until the wart completely peels off. If you use this treatment for a long period of time battling particularly stubborn wart take care not to cause nerve damage or scarring of your skin.

Getting rid of warts using homeopathic Thuja Occidentalis

The homeopathic Thuja remedy is prepared using the leaves and twigs of a young Thuja tree, a cedar tree that grows in North America and Asia. This tree is believed to contain properties that successfully treat all forms of warts.

If you are a fan of homeopathic remedies you can apply Thuja ointment on your warts several times a day. Before going to bed, you can soak a small piece of gauze or cotton with the ointment, tape it to your wart with a medical tape, and leave it there during the night. This treatment is completely painless but slow, it can take up to two months to remove warts.

Getting rid of warts using oral zinc tablets

The occurrence of persistent warts is closely connected to reduced zinc levels in human body.

Oral zinc sulphate supplements can do wonders in killing warts. The most effective dose is 10 mg/kg. To maximize absorption you can take the zinc tablets on an empty stomach an hour before each meal. If you feel slight nausea or if you feel like going to vomit, simply decrease the dose (or avoid taking it on an empty stomach). Zinc will cause warts to shrink and fall off within one or two weeks.

There are also other ways to get rid of warts naturally using the products that you can find in virtually any super market. This is the topic of another article on our site that you can read here.

 

 

How to remove a wart?

September 17, 2012 in Home remedies for warts, Natural remedies for warts, OTC remedies for warts, Wart treatments

To remove a wart you will have to remove the wart virus (Human Papilloma Virus – HPV) living inside your skin. This virus causes skin cells to grow together and form rough bumps that we recognize as warts. The virus is located deep under your skin, which is why usually several treatments are needed in order to remove a wart for good. Some of these treatments may hurt but have no fear, it is not the kind of pain that cannot be sustained, just keep in mind that soon you will be wart free and you will not feel it at all.

There are numerous methods to remove a wart

There are numerous methods to remove a wart

Wart virus is not very resistant and our immune system will easily fight it once it recognizes it. The problem is that the virus is located in the top skin layer where the immune system cannot detect it. If you contracted a wart that is a clear sign that at some point your immune system had become weak.

Warts are one of the most common skin conditions – almost everyone has contracted a wart sometimes in their life. There are numerous remedies and procedures to get rid of warts. Some of them will directly kill the virus but most of them will simply help remove the excessive skin forming the wart and thus cause the immune system reaction which will eventually kill the virus.

What are the ways to remove warts?

Generally there are three methods that can be implemented to get rid of warts.

Professional techniques to get rid of warts are performed in the doctor’s office. These techniques are usually very quick and painless and in most cases require one to three interventions. However, there is no guarantee that they will work 100%. Sometimes people spend time and money only to have their warts return after several weeks or months. Some of these treatments leave permanent scars.

Home remedies to get rid of warts are very popular and effective. Many of them rely on the use of over the counter remedies that can be found in almost any drug store. The advantage of these remedies is that they are cheaper than medical treatments and can be performed at home. They do not leave scars (apart from cryotherapy which can leave scars if not performed according to the prescribed procedure).

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Natural remedies to get rid of warts
are traditional remedies that you can find in any supermarket and some of them will cost you next to nothing. They are completely harmless, show no side effects, leave no scars but can be a bit slower than the OTC.

Warts are very stubborn and may return if you do not manage to completely kill the virus inside your skin. Sometimes you will have to try several remedies until you find the one that is most effective. Also, the remedy or the procedure that helped your friend get rid of warts may not work with you.

Visit your GP to make sure you have warts and then decide which kind of procedure you want to try. In our experience, OTC remedies work best provided that you stick to the instructions that go with them. If you have small warts, or if they are located in the places where they cause no aesthetic problem and you are in no hurry to get rid of them over night, you can try out natural remedies to get rid of warts. Surgery and other procedures performed by doctors should be reserved for the most serious cases – when there is a history of recurrent warts, if there is a serious warts infestation or if there are warts that resist all other treatments. With so many successful remedies, there is really no reason for you to undergo these procedures and waste money and time on them. This does not apply to genital warts which should be treated by professionals immediately. Like all other warts, they too can successfully be cured, but leave them to the professionals to avoid unnecessary complications.

How to get rid of warts using duct tape?

September 17, 2012 in Home remedies for warts, Natural remedies for warts, Wart treatments

Using duct tape to get rid of warts is the most unorthodox of all methods used to cure warts. It worked on so many warts that researchers decided to investigate the matter and try and determine whether the stories of its success are myth or reality.

Duct tape as a remedy for warts

You can use duct tape to successfully remove warts

How to use duct tape to cure warts?

This method is very simple. Cut a piece of duct tape and paste it over your wart. Keep it there for six days. If it falls off, replace it with another small piece of tape. After six days, soak the wart in warm water for 10 minutes and file down the dead skin with an emery board or pumice stone. Leave it uncovered to dry during the night and in the morning cover it again with a new piece of duct tape. Repeat the same procedure after six days. You should see the first results after two weeks. If the wart starts to shrink, repeat the whole procedure again and again. If there is no change, use some other remedy.

A useful tip: to make duct tape adhere tight to your skin, apply a piece of tape and then remove it. Then reapply another piece that will stay there for six days. The first piece of tape will remove the skin oil and dead cells so the next piece will stick much better.

You can try this method with any other type of tapes (skin coloured, or some other), just make sure that the tape is air and water-tight.

How does duct tape work?

There is no hard evidence about how exactly duct tape removes warts. Researchers believe that the tape prevents air contact and in a way ‘suffocates’ the wart cells and the virus inside. It is also possible that the tape adhesives also play some part in this process but since various chemicals are used for that purpose there is no evidence of what effect they have on warts. It is also believed that this method causes local inflammatory reaction which triggers off the immune system reaction that kills the wart virus.

Medical proofs of the success of this method

Several studies have been done to look into the efficacy of this method but none of them managed to offer exact proof that duct tape really kills the wart virus. The research done in Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center compared cryotherapy with duct tape treatments and the tape was significantly more effective at removing warts. In fact, 85% of those who received duct tape therapy had their warts completely removed compared to 60% of those in the cryotherapy group (Source: Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine 2002; 156:971-974).

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Final word

Duct tape treatment is certainly worth trying – it is inexpensive, simple to apply and completely painless. The only drawback is that it can last for several weeks and that you may look weird wearing a silver patch around. Small children usually find visits to doctor’s office stressful and the methods that doctors use painful, so for them the duct tape treatment can be a perfect solution. You can make the treatment even more interesting by cutting the tape into different shapes (heart, cloud, flower…) before pasting it on the child’s skin.

 

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How to get rid of warts naturally?

September 17, 2012 in Natural remedies for warts, Wart treatments

Warts are skin condition caused by Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). This is one of the most common infections which affect approximately 40% of human population. If you happened to develop a few warts, have no worries, there are many ways to get rid of warts naturally using products that you can purchase in almost any supermarket.

 Aloe vera gel is often used to treat warts

Aloe vera is a natural remedy for warts

Getting rid of warts using apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is an old home remedy used to cure various ailments. Scientific researches have proved its beneficial effects in lowering glucose levels, reducing cholesterol and high blood pressure. It is traditionally used for weight loss and some recent studies have found that vinegar may even be able to kill cancer cells or slow their growth.

To get rid of warts using apple cider acid, soak a piece of cotton or gauze with cider and cover the wart with it over the night. Use medical tape to fix the bandage tightly to the wart. You will probably feel some throbbing pain that will indicate that the cider is dissolving the substance that causes skin cells to stick together and form wart. The next morning the wart should turn dark. Repeat this treatment the following night. If you feel the pain, you can skip the treatment for one night and continue the next day. Before reapplying the vinegar, soak the wart in warm water for ten minutes and scrape the dead skin off. The wart should disappear after a few treatments leaving a scab that will easily heal.

Getting rid of warts using garlic

Garlic has numerous scientifically proven health benefits. It has antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal activity and can help prevent heart disease and certain types of cancer (stomach and colon cancers). It can reduce cholesterol and high blood pressure and it has been used for centuries to prevent and fight the common cold.

Wart treatment with garlic includes crushing some fresh garlic and rubbing it onto a wart. During the night you can place a small piece of garlic on your wart and cover it with a bandage. Garlic will cause wart to turn dark and fall off. The procedure can be a little painful and although it is recommended to repeat it daily, you can sometimes skip a day to let your scab recover. Try not to place garlic onto a surrounding healthy skin because it will cause irritation. Your wart should fall off after two or three treatments.

Getting rid of warts using banana peel

Banana is a fruit that is not commonly used in medical purposes although its peel displays strong antioxidant activity which was successfully proved in the laboratory experiments. There are even claims that banana peel may have capability to extract heavy metal contamination from river water.

Cut a piece of banana peel and tape it onto your wart. Do this whenever you can and especially during the night. The chemicals and oils in the peel will dissolve the wart and help your immune system fight off the virus that caused it in the first place. Greener bananas work better than the ripe. Depending on the size and type of warts, it should take you from several days to several weeks to get rid of them using banana peel.

Getting rid of warts using castor oil

Pure cold pressed castor oil is an odorless and tasteless substance that has been used for centuries to cure skin disorders, burns, sunburns, cuts, and abrasions. The main component of castor oil is ricinoleic acid which exerts anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.

Apply castor oil on you wart several times a day and make sure it is properly soaked and covered with the liquid. During the night, soak a piece of gauze or cotton with oil and tape it onto your wart. Clean the wart in the morning and the following night soak it in warm water and rub off the dead skin before reapplying the oil again. After a few treatments the wart should turn dark and fall off.

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Getting rid of warts using salicylic acid

Salicylic acid is known from ancient times for its pain-easing and anti-inflammatory properties. It is used as a key ingredient in many skin-care products. It is added to shampoos to treat dandruff.

Crush an Aspirin pill and mix it with some water. Apply the solution onto your wart several times a day and particularly during the night when you can bandage it to make sure that the solution stays in contact with the wart for several hours. The solution will slowly eat away the dead skin on your wart causing it to grow dark, shrink and eventually fall off. This procedure may cause irritation because you will not be able to control the concentration of salicylic acid in the solution. Besides, use of concentrated solutions of salicylic acid may cause hyper pigmentation on unpretreated skin for those with darker skin types. To avoid this, you should use some of the OTC remedies that contain the salicylic acid and come in the form of liquids, gels, bandages and adhesive discs. They are less messy but equally powerful. When treated with salicylic acid, warts usually disappear within several days.

Getting rid of warts using aloe vera gel

Aloe vera has been used for more than a thousand years in cosmetics and alternative medicine because of its rejuvenating, healing and soothing properties. Researches have shown that aloe vera may be effective in treating genital herpes, psoriasis, diabetes, elevated blood lipids and ulcerative colitis. Aloe vera has been used as an immune-stimulant that aids in fighting cancers in cats and dogs but this treatment has not yet been tested on humans.

Of all natural treatments, aloe vera treatment is maybe the least aggressive, yet very effective in fighting warts. Rub aloe vera gel onto your wart several times a day and during the night cover it with gel and place a bandage over it. Your wart should shrink and fall off within a few weeks.

Getting rid of warts using tea tree oil

Tea tree oil is almost colourless essential oil with a fresh smell. It is taken from Narrow-leaved Tea-tree (not the plant that gives leaves for brewing tea!), native to Australia. It is very beneficial when applied topically due to its antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and antiseptic qualities. It has beneficial cosmetic properties and is sometimes used in small concentrations in shampoos against dandruff.

Put some tea tree oil onto your wart several times during the day. During the night, soak a small piece of gauze or cotton with oil and tape it onto your wart. The oil will eat away the wart causing it to shrink and fall off. The use of tea tree oil is very safe although you should take care not to get it in the eyes because it causes burning sensation. Should this happen, rinse your eyes with ample water. This wart treatment is very effective – if you use it daily, the wart should disappear within a few days.

People react differently to different kinds of wart treatments. What works well on one person’s wart might prove ineffective on another person’s wart. Sometimes you will have to try out several treatments before discovering which one works best for you. To learn about some other home remedies to cure warts please read another article from our site here.

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How to get rid of warts fast?

September 17, 2012 in About Warts, Wart treatments

Warts are skin condition caused by the Human Papilloma Virus, one of the most common viruses that attack humans. Once they appear, they will usually stay there for 12 to 18 months and then disappear. If you are one of those seeking information about how to get rid of warts fast, we have some good news for you. There are numerous methods that can be applied to eliminate warts, some of them are done at the doctor’s office and some you can perform yourself at home.

Remowing a wart with a laser

Warts removal using laser treatment

Surgery

Surgery is the fastest way to get rid of warts. It is done at the doctor’s office with local anaesthesia and it will most certainly cause scarring of your skin.

Laser surgery

This surgery is performed with strong CO2 or electric lasers. These lasers will vaporize the wart causing it to burn and blister. This will activate your immune system which will kill the virus during the process of healing of the wound. Scarring is very common so this kind of treatment is recommended for those warts that have not reacted to other treatments.

Electric needle

This treatment works on the same principle as the laser surgery. The doctor will cut off your wart and burn its base with an electric needle. Your immune system will do the rest while the wound is being healed. The procedure will leave small scars.

Cantharidin treatment

Cantharidin liquid is originally secreted by numerous species of blister beetle. This liquid is diluted to make the compound used to cure warts. When painted over a wart, this chemical causes it to blister. The blister will then dry and fall off. Usually one treatment is needed, although sometimes it needs to be repeated in case of some very big or very stubborn warts. Cantharidin should not be used on warts with hair growing from them or warts invading genital areas. This treatment leaves no scars.

Needling

Needling involves jabbing the wart several times with a needle. The wart is then injected with cortisone. The treatment is performed under local anaesthesia so it is almost painless. Usually one treatment session is needed and a follow up 6 weeks later.

Pulsed dye laser

Pulsed dye laser is a very effective anti-warts treatment. The wart’s red blood cells absorb the laser light cutting off the blood supply. There is no scarring and the warts usually disappear after three treatments.

Freezing

Freezing or cryotherapy causes wart to blister and fall off. Usually several treatments are needed. This procedure can be performed at the doctor’s office or at home. There are several types of over the counter applicators that work on the same principle as the cryotherapy instruments in the doctor’s office and their use at home is very simple.

Over the counter remedies with salicylic acid

Salicylic acid dissolves the substance that causes skin cells to stick together and form wart and triggers off the immune reaction which in the end kills the wart virus. OTC remedies with salicylic acid come in the form of liquids, gels and patches, they are very convenient and easy to use and should help you loose your warts in just a few days.

Miquimod

Miquimod cream is most commonly used to treat genital warts although it is very effective in treating plantar and flat warts. The cream triggers off the immune system which then fights the wart-causing virus. This treatment can cause redness of the skin around the wart but it will leave no scars in the end.

Antigen shot

Antigen shot is a form of immunotherapy where Candida antigen is injected in the wart. This prompts your immune system to fight the antigen and kill the wart virus along with it. The procedure leaves no scars although the injections themselves can be painful.

Most of these treatments require visiting doctor’s office one or several times, and some of them can be quite costly. If you do not have serious problems with warts, meaning that you have just one, or a small colony of warts, maybe you can consider using home remedies to get rid of warts. Some of these remedies are easy to find in local drugstores and supermarkets and these ways to get rid of warts naturally are very simple and equally effective as professional medical treatments.

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How to deal with genital warts?

September 15, 2012 in Genital warts, Wart treatments, Warts prevention

How to cure genital warts

Genital warts are highly contageous and curable

 

What are genital warts?

Genital warts usually appear on the penis, vulva, urethra, vagina, cervix and around and in the anus. Genital warts are soft, flesh-coloured or gray growths found in the genital area and anal region. They are sometimes referred to as condyloma acuminata or venereal warts.

What causes genital warts?

Genital warts are caused by a certain types of human papilloma virus (HPV). Some of these HPV viruses can lead to cancerous changes in the cervix and they can cause cervical and vulva cancer. It is estimated that almost 90% of all genital warts cases are caused by 2 strains of the virus: types 6 and 11. These two strains have a low cancer-causing potential. There are other, more dangerous strains like HPV-16 (responsible for about 50% of cervical cancers) and HPV types 16, 18, 31, and 45, also known as “high risk” virus types. HPV is believed to cause 100% of cases of cervical cancer.

How do you contract genital warts?

Genital warts can be contracted during a sexual contact involving anus, mouth or vagina. Generally, about two-thirds of people who have sexual contact with a partner who has genital warts will develop them within the next three months. The virus can be spread even when there are no visible signs that a person has contracted warts. They may stay invisible for six weeks or six months after getting infected, in fact, they may remain invisible for years. If you contracted genital warts it does not mean that your current sexual partner has passed it onto you from another person.

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How to recognize genital warts?

Genital warts are very common sexually transmitted disease. They are most common in sexually active teenagers and young adults. They are difficult to spot because most people have no symptoms. In women, they can spread to areas inside of the walls of the vagina and cervix and become even more difficult to discover.

Genital warts come in two forms: they can look like sightly raised or flat flesh-coloured spots or they can be in the form of little stalks that are grpouped together to resemble the top of a cauliflower. Their size may range from less than one millimetre (1 mm = 0.039 inches) across to several square centimetres (1 cm = 0.39 inches) when many warts join together. They can be smooth to touch or rough with many finger-like projections (in anal area)

In females they can be located inside the anus or vagina, outside the anus and vagina and on surrounding skin and in the cervix. Aditional, though rare symptoms that may indicate wart infection are increased vaginal discharge, genital itching and vaginal bleeding during or after sex. In most cases warts growing inside the vagina will show no symptoms.

In males they can appear on the penis, urethra, scrotum,  groin area, thighs and inside or around the anus. In some cases they can be hidden by hair or in the inner side of the uncircumsized foreskin in males. Sometimes bleeding or urinary obstruction may occur when the wart occupies the urethral opening.

Genital warts can also be found on the lips, mouth, tongue and throat.

How to get rid of genital warts?

Genital warts should be diagnosed and treated by a doctor. In males the warts are diagnosed with a visual examination. In women, the examination will consist of a pelvic examination and colposcopy (magnification). The warts virus also causes abnormal results in Pap smear.

Do not attempt to treat genital warts on your own! OTC remedies are usually not ment for genital, but other kinds of warts.

There are two kinds of treatments for genital warts: topical treatment and surgical removal.

Topical treatmens include the use of various creams, lotions and chemicals: Imiquimod (for larger warts), Padophyllin and Podofilox (for clusters of small warts) and Trichloroacetic acid – TCA (for small warts that are very hard).

Surgical procedures include: cryotherapy (for multiple, small warts on the shaft of the penis or on, or near, the vulva), electrosurgery ( for large warts that develop around the anus or vulva that have failed to respond to topical treatments), laser surgery (for large genital warts that are difficult to access) and surgical excision (for small, hardened warts).

If you have warts, your sexual partner should be examined and treated as well. Many males show no signs of wart infection, yet they are able to pass the virus onto their partners. The virus can be passed on before or after the warts are present. If a woman has had warts, regular Pap smears are recommended every three to six months after the innitial treatment. In cases of precancerous changes, further treatment is needed.

How to prevent genital warts?

The best way to prevent genital warts is to stick to one sexual partner who you know is disease fee. Using condoms during sex can only provide partial protection because the area around the penis could be infected with the virus which can be passed onto you during the intercourse. There are two kinds of vaccines that provide protection against four HPV strains that are responsible for most cervical cancers in women. The vaccine is recommended for girls and women ages 9 to 26.

Final tip: strong immune system will fortify you against all kinds of warts, including genital warts!

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How do you get warts?

September 15, 2012 in About Warts, Warts prevention

Warts are caused by Human Papilloma Virus or HPV. Warts are contagious and they spread from one person to another through skin contact.

Not everyone who gets in contact with the virus will develop warts. Warts virus is not very resistant so people with strong immune system will avoid being contracted even if they get exposed to it. Children get warts more often than adults because they have weaker immune system. Fortunately, their warts quickly go away while with adults they tend to stick around much longer.

How do you get warts

There are people who are particularly susceptible to warts. People with weak immune system and people who handle poultry and fish tend to catch warts more easily than others. Athletes have the highest incidence of plantar warts. The diabetics are also susceptible to plantar warts. People with dry skin are likely to contract warts through cracks in the skin. If you have dry hands, use hand cream – it will make your hands smooth and wart-resistant.

When you get in contact with the virus, the first wart will not appear for 2 to 6 months. When it does, it will stay in your skin for 12 to 16 months and then it will usually disappear by itself. If it does not disappear during this time, it will probably stay there for years.

You can start fighting warts the moment you notice them. In fact, the sooner you start your treatment, more easily you will get rid of them. Be prepared for a long battle, though. They can be pretty stubborn and resistant to different therapies.

There is no universal wart therapy – some people respond better to natural remedies, other find OTC remedies most effective, while some opt for professional medical treatment.

Genital warts are highly contagious, so if you notice you have them, refrain immediately from having sex. Go and visit a doctor before they spread further. Genital warts can be easily cured so there is no need to place yourself and your partner in danger by putting off your visit to a doctor’s office. Once you have cured genital warts, it still does not mean that you will be wart free for good. Sometimes genital warts can return so perform frequent self-checks and have regular gynaecological checkups.

How to avoid contracting warts?

If you are in daily contact with people who have warts:

Do not share your towels with other people.

Do not share personal hygiene products (soap, razors, deodorants…) and cosmetic products with others.

Do not share clothes, underwear and socks with other people.

Wear footwear in public spaces, gyms, swimming pools, showers, locker rooms… these are perfect places for contracting plantar warts.

In most cases regular cleaning procedures, e.g. washing hands and face, wearing clean clothes… will be enough to protect you from the wart virus.

If you have contracted warts:

Do not touch and scratch your wart. If you do it will spread all over your skin.

Take great care while shaving – bleeding warts are highly contagious. Clean your wound with alcohol or some other disinfectant.

Do not bite your nails and cuticles, this may spread virus from one finger to another.

Dry off your wart after washing your hands, warts are less contagious when dry.

Keep your warts covered with bandage.

If you have contracted genital warts, refrain from having sex. Condoms provide only partial protection because the surrounding skin can also be contaminated with the virus which can be passed onto another person.

The ultimate tip to protect yourself from getting warts:

The best way to protect yourself from contracting warts is to build strong immune system.

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What are the best remedies to get rid of warts?

September 5, 2012 in About Warts, Wart treatments

Warts are one of the most common skin conditions that affect humans. There are numerous remedies that can help cure warts but not everybody reacts the same way to the same therapy. So the answer to the question of what are the best remedies to get rid of warts is: we are all too different so, there is no one magical treatment that can help every single person. The best thing that you can do is to get informed about different kinds of treatments and choose the one that you find most convenient for you. Maybe you will have to try several treatments before you discover the one that is most effective so do not get discouraged if after the first trial you fail to completely remove your wart. The most important thing is that warts can be cured and if you are persistent enough, you will soon find the way to get rid of yours for good.

The best wart remedies

Effectiveness of different wart treatments

Warts can be treated by doctor or you can treat them yourself at home. Practice has proved that home treatments are equally successful as doctor’s treatments. The major difference is that some of the methods that doctors use show instant results, although they may leave scars behind. If you suffer from a serious warts infestation, have a history of recurrent warts, suffer from diabetes or some other major illness, you should consult your doctor before trying anything at home. On the other hand, if you have a few warts here and there, maybe you can try some of the home remedies before opting for professional help. If you are in doubt whether you have a wart or a mole or some other type of skin growth, please consult your doctor and make sure it is a wart before starting a home therapy.

Cost of wart treatments

Home treatments are obviously a lot cheaper than those that you can get at the doctor’s office. There are many over the counter remedies with different prices and also some very effective natural remedies that you can purchase in any supermarket at just a friction of a price.

Potential for scarring

Potential for scarring is a serious issue especially if you have a wart on your face, neck or hands. Generally speaking, most of the treatments provided at the doctor’s office work fast but cause scars. Surgery can be performed in a couple of minutes but it will certainly leave you with a scar. Laser surgery and electric needle will most probably cause slight scarification although some other treatments like Cantharidin and Miquimod treatment leave no scars at all. Cryotherapy, or freezing, can be performed at the doctor’s office or at home and can also cause scars. On the other hand, almost all of the home remedies leave no scars.

Potential for pain

Surgery and other therapies performed by doctors can cause some pain although they are all done under the local anaesthesia. Freezing is not performed with anaesthesia and it can cause slight pain if it reaches healthy skin around the wart. Home treatments cause no pain although in some cases you may feel some throbbing sensation in your wart. Most of the home remedies will cause wart to shrink and fall off leaving the scab behind. This scab may hurt a little but it will heal within a few days.

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Visiting a doctor’s office and having to endure medical procedures can be a stressful experience for the small children so home remedies can be a perfect solution. For example, duct tape is rather unusual, although very effective remedy. If you have a child, you can turn the duct tape therapy into a fun game by cutting the tape in different shapes (heart-like, diamond, cloud shape…) or you can use colourful bandage tapes especially designed for the children.

Aloe Vera and homeopathic Thuja are completely painless remedies, although a bit slow.

Treatment time

The only quick fix for warts is surgery. Other treatments provided by doctors usually require one to tree visits over several weeks. Home remedies require daily application but since it is done at home, this should not be a great bother. If you decide to use some over the counter remedies, stick to the instructions to get the best results. Some natural remedies like salicylic acid or apple cider vinegar can remove your warts within a few days, other like duct tape, cyotherapy or aloe vera can take a few weeks. Whichever remedy you choose, you will be able to see some improvements after the first treatment. Warts are very stubborn and the wart virus is deeply nested inside your skin so it is normal that the treatment should last from several days to several weeks.Now that you are informed about the major facts concerning different types of anti-wart treatments, you should be able to decide which one to try out. We wish you good luck and are looking forward to hearing your feedback about which treatment worked best for you.

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How to get rid of warts on hands and fingers?

September 5, 2012 in Home remedies for warts, Natural remedies for warts, OTC remedies for warts, Warts on hands and fingers

Warts growing on hands and fingers can be particularly annoying especially if you perform a job where your hands are constantly within your clients’ view. To avoid the embarrassment that they can cause it is very wise to get rid of warts on hands and fingers immediately when you spot them. Do not wait for them to grow and spread because this will make their removal even more complicated and more time consuming.

You can get rid of small warts on your own by using simple remedies and procedures without having to visit doctor’s office. Here are some of the most practical methods.

Get rid of warts on hands and fingers

Warts on hands and fingers can be embarrassing but they are curable

Apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is famous for its cleansing and healing properties and it has been used as a home remedy for centuries. To treat warts, you should put some vinegar on your wart several times during the day and during the night you should soak a small piece of cotton with vinegar and bandage it over your wart. The vinegar will eat out skin cells forming the wart and create the environment where the wart causing virus will not be able to survive. This procedure may hurt a little, but take that as a good sign, this will indicate that the wart is slowly shrinking and disappearing. After a few treatments the wart should turn dark and fall off.

Castor oil

Castor oil is an old skin remedy that can be successfully used to treat warts. Apply castor oil on your wart several times a day. During the night, soak some cotton or gauze with the oil and tape it onto your wart with medical tape. The oil will eat away the excessive skin that is forming the wart and it will soon turn dark in colour. Clean the wart after each treatment and let it dry for a few hours. Before reapplying the oil, soak the wart in warm water for 5 -10 minutes and then rub off the dead skin. The wart should fall off after a few treatments.

Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is a powerful remedy with scientifically proven antiseptic, anti-fungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties. Apply it several times a day and during the night soak a piece of gauze and tape it onto your wart. The oil will cause wart to shrink and it will eventually kill the virus inside it. The wart will fall off within a few days.

Garlic

Garlic also possesses anti-fungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties. Rub some garlic onto your wart several times a day and during the night bandage a small piece of garlic onto the wart. Do not place garlic on the healthy skin surrounding the wart because it will cause irritation. The wart will shrink and fall off within a few days.

Topical salicylic treatment

Salicylic acid is best known for its anti-inflammatory properties. It has shown great results in wart treatments and has become the key ingredient of many over the counter remedies. These wart remedies come in the form of liquids, gels and patches and are very practical and effective. The treatment consists of subjecting the wart to the acid for a long period of time during which the acid will dissolve the skin growth around the virus causing it to die. This treatment should last a few days.

Topical cryotherapy treatment

Cryotherapy is a treatment in which the wart is treated with low temperature which causes its cells to die and fall off. Home cryotherapy applicators can be purchased in any pharmacy and they are very simple to use. All you need to do is press the applicator onto your wart for 40 seconds. The chemical stored inside it will freeze the top layers of the wart. This layer will later dry and fall off. You will have to repeat the procedure several times until you completely eliminate the wart. Beware not to damage the healthy skin around the wart. This treatment can leave minor scars if a wart is particularly big or stubborn.

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How I got rid of my finger wart

I used to have problems with a particularly annoying wart that was growing around the nail on my middle finger. This type of warts is called periungual warts and they are not only ugly, they are also very painful. I had already managed to get rid of it several timed using castor oil and apple cider vinegar, but each time the wart would reappear after a few weeks. Finally I decided to combat it for good so I purchased a salicylic acid liquid with a small brush applicator. I used to apply it on my wart whenever I could while I was at home and during the night I would put ample amounts of acid on it and cover it with adhesive plaster. After the first night treatment the wart went pale in colour but later it turned dark. During the day, while I was in the office, I kept the adhesive tape on, and when I was at home I would leave the wart open to dry. After each shower I would peel the dead skin off and apply another dose of acid. Very soon a small scab formed which hurt a little whenever exposed to the acid. However, this did not deter me from my decision to kill the wart for good. After three days all the dead skin peeled off leaving just a flat scab around my nail. The scab healed well and after seven days I was completely wart free. This happened two years ago and I did not have problems with warts since.

I hope this story will help you get rid of your warts. If you have some other experience that you would like to share, please feel free to do so.

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