How to recognize a wart?

| September 16, 2017 | 0 Comments

Warts are skin growths that appear on different parts of human body. Latin name for warts is ‘verruca vulgaris’ which means: vulgar warts. Sometimes people confuse warts with moles, pimples, seborrheic keratosis and penile papules, which are all benign skin conditions. However, there are some more serious conditions that can be mistaken for warts, like haemorrhoids or skin cancer.

There are several types of warts depending on the location where they usually appear and on their shape and size.

Common warts

appear on hands, top of feet, arms and legs. They are flesh coloured, white, pink or tan, dome shaped and rough to touch. Warts are caused by a virus living in the skin. It attaches itself to a blood vessel which provides it with nutrients. If you take a close look at your wart, you will see little black dots inside. These dots are clotted blood vessels feeding the wart. The virus is nested deep enough inside your skin to make it difficult to remove it and yet too far in the top layers of the skin for your immune system to detect it and destroy it.

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Flat warts

appear on face, neck and body. They are small and smooth, round or oval in shape and often appear in large numbers. Children often develop them on the face, grown men may find them within a beard and women may develop them on legs. Like all other warts, they are contagious and can be spread on the surrounding skin when shaving or scratching.

Plantar warts

always appear on the side or on the bottom of a foot. They are called ‘plantar’ because the bottom of the foot is called plantar area. They are usually painful because of the body weight pressing down on them. A plantar wart is always bigger than what you can see. Press it down and you should be able to see a yellowish area on your foot which is the area of the whole wart.

Genital warts

appear in the moist tissues of the genital area and mouth and they are spread through sexual contact. They are in the form of tiny, soft, flesh coloured bumps. Some of them can be hard and rough and can also develop stalks. Others grow in clusters, in the form of small cauliflowers. They are often tiny and difficult to discover in the first place. Genital warts are highly contagious. The virus causing them can be transmitted onto another person even before the warts have formed and for a certain period of time after they have been removed.

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Periungual warts

grow on hands and toes, around nails. They are painful and very stubborn. Usually a number of treatments are needed before they are completely removed. People who bite, tear or pick on their nails are particularly prone to these warts because the virus can easily invade through broken skin. If you have a periungual wart, refrain from biting your nails because you may spread it on other fingers.

Filiform warts

appear around the eyes, on face, neck, mouth, lips and under the arms. They are long, narrow and protruding because they are made of up of long stalk-like skin growths. They can be easily damaged with razors or towels when drying the skin and may cause itching and bleeding. Bleeding will further spread them onto surrounding skin so if this happens, wash your skin with soap and alcohol. They usually disappear after six months.

The general advice is never to treat warts on your own unless you are 100% sure it is indeed a wart. The wisest thing is to first consult your GP and then choose whether you will have professional medical treatment or you will treat the warts yourself using home remedies to get rid of warts.

How to protect yourself from wart infection?

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 stay strong and impenetrable.

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