What are Warts
You may have seen a small hard patch of skin and wondered what is was. It may be a wart. Warts are just little circles of rough skin, most often located on the hands or feet. Some look like tiny cauliflowers and others look like a little bump of extra skin. If you have one of these, you have contracted the human papilloma viruses (HPVs), and the wart that popped up is the result of that.
HPV is contagious, and you can get it from touching people who carry it, and even using towels or clothing from someone who has it. As the virus enters your skin, it grows inside and causes a bump which is a thick piece of skin called a wart. They are deep in the skin and you see only the tip of it.
There are different kinds of warts. They may have different shapes and thickness, and show up in different areas of the body. HPV or Human Papilloma Virus also comes in a few varieties, and determines the kind of wart that appears.
- Common wart has a cauliflower appearance and in like a bump on the skin. It is usually found on the hand but may form on different body parts as well;
- Flat wart is a little smooth wart. It will shoe itself in the same color as your skin. You could have a few of them usually on the face or neck. They may also show up on hands or wrists or knees;
- Filiform wart has a thread-like appearance, usually on the face, on the eyelids or the lips;
- Plantar warts are hard and sometimes painful. They will have numerous black dots in the middle and they appear on the bottom of the foot and go deep into the area.
- Mosaic wart is a cluster of plantar warts, with the black dots, and appear on the hands or soles of the feet;
- Genital wart is a small bump or cauliflower type wart is found on the penis or vaginal area.
- Periungual wart is a group of small cauliflower type warts found around the toe nails or finger nails.
Products that Help with Warts
- Dermisil is a treatment that works to counteract and eliminate the HPV virus and thus get rid of the warts. It is an all-natural homeopathic product.
- Wart-Off contains Salicylic acid which causes shedding or peeling of the outer layer of skin. It has helped some people with some kinds of warts. It should never be used for genital warts, and can be danderous in the eyes or other sensitive areas.
Treatment of Warts
Most warts are annoying but can be treated at home. There are a few over the counter remedies with contain Salicylic acid that cause shedding or peeling of the outer layer of skin, which is the actual wart. So, those medications can remove the thick, sometimes cauliflower-looking growths of skin. It comes in a few forms, in pads that you stick on the warts, in creams and in clear liquids that you paint on the affected area. After that, you can use a metal nail file to remove the dead skin.Prevention of WartsSince warts are caused by the HPV virus, you should try to avoid getting in contact with it. But that is not easy, since it remains on surfaces and can be passed on easily. You can avoid spreading it to others, if you do get infected.
- If you go to a public pool, locker room or shower, wear thongs or foot coverings
- Keep warts covers so they do not touch any surfaces
- Do not use towels or washcloths that other use
When To see a Doctor for Warts
You can try to treat most warts with simple over the counter preparation. But, if those are unsuccessful, you should see the doctor. Also, if you suffer from diabetes, or have any heart or vein problems, you should see your doctor before self-treatment. If you see an infection, also check with the doctor.
For these kinds of warts, always ask your doctor or a dermatologist:
- Large cluster of warts or warts that are big
- Genital warts
- Warts that appear on the face, eyes or lips
If you are not sure that what you have is a wart, check with a doctor. It could be another type of skin condition.