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WHAT IS A WART TREATMENT?

A wart is a small, noncancerous growth on the skin caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). Warts are generally harmless and can appear anywhere on the body. However, they are most commonly found on the hands and feet. They have a rough surface and may resemble a cauliflower or a solid blister.

There are several types of warts, including:

  • Common warts: These are typically found on the hands, fingers, and sometimes on the face. These warts are usually small and rough, and they come in rounded or oval-shaped.
  • Plantar warts: These warts appear on the soles of the feet and can sometimes cause discomfort or pain when walking. They may grow in clusters and are often flat due to pressure from walking or standing.

Flat warts: These warts are smaller and smoother than common warts, and they often appear on the face, arms, or legs. They can be found in large numbers and are more common in children and teenagers.

Filiform warts: These warts have a thread-like appearance and often grow around the mouth, nose, or eyes. They can grow quickly and are more common in people with weakened immune systems.

Periungual warts: These types of warts develop around or under the nails. Usually on the fingers or toes, and can be painful or affect nail growth.

Warts are contagious; the wart virus can spread through direct skin-to-skin contact or indirect contact with dirty objects. However, not everyone who comes into contact with HPV will develop warts. The immune system plays a crucial role. It determines whether or not an individual will develop warts after exposure to the virus.

A few simple things can be used to remove dead skin cells of warts, like…

  1. Pumice stones
  2. Emery board
  3. Liquid Nitrogen  
  4. Covering the wart using duct tape.

Just note that wart treatments do not treat the virus itself. Rather they treat the health problems caused by types of HPV.

As for genital warts, they need to be treated by a healthcare professional. Because leaving it without treatment can pass the infection on to your partner.

HOW TO TREAT WARTS?

There are several treatment options for wart removal, ranging from over-the-counter remedies to professional medical procedures. Here are some common ways to treat warts:

  • Salicylic acid: It is a standard wart treatment with gels, liquids, or patches. Apply the salicylic acid directly to the wart as directed, usually once or twice daily. It may take several weeks to see results. Be sure to protect the surrounding skin with petroleum jelly or a bandage.
  • Freezing kits: These kits use a cold spray to freeze the wart, similar to cryotherapy performed by a healthcare professional. Follow the instructions carefully, and be aware that multiple applications may be necessary.
  • Medical treatments: If over-the-counter and home treatments are ineffective. And if the wart is large, painful, or persistent, consult a healthcare professional.

Laser therapy: A healthcare professional uses a laser to destroy the wart tissue. This method is usually reserved for warts that are difficult to treat with other methods.

Chemical peels: A healthcare professional applies a strong acid to the wart, causing it to peel away. This treatment is typically used for flat warts and may require multiple sessions.

Immunotherapy: Sometimes, a healthcare professional may use medications to stimulate the immune system to fight off the wart-causing virus.

Remember that warts are contagious, so practicing good hygiene and avoiding sharing personal items like towels and razors is essential. Additionally, avoid picking at or scratching the wart to prevent spreading the virus to other parts of your body or people.