Wart treatment and prevention
Warts are something we usually associate with frogs and witches. However, the fact is that warts happen to everyone, or at least a lot of people.
So, what exactly is a wart?
Warts are harmless growths, usually very small in size.
What causes warts?
They are generally the result of a viral infection caused by the Human Papilloma Virus family. There are nearly 60 different varieties of the Human Papilloma Virus. Each type prefers a particular part of the body. So, depending on what type of the virus you got will determine where the wart forms.
Are warts contagious?
The answer is yes. Warts occur on the skin, which means they come in contact with a lot of things. This means that you can spread warts from one part of your body to another through touch. You can also spread warts from one person to another. Because warts can spread by touch, they tend to be a common problem with children, young adults and women.
So how exactly do warts spread?
Well, normally the virus enters the body through the skin or mucous membrane. However, symptoms of warts do not occur for at least 1 to 8 months of infection. So, if you get one, make sure you do not spread it by covering it with a bandaide until you can get it taken care of.
Let's take a look at the various types of warts, then we will discuss how to get rid of them, and how to prevent them in the first place:
The different types of warts are distinguished by the places on the body where they appear.
- Hand Warts: These kind of warts grow on the fingers, around the nails and the backs of hands.
- Foot Warts or Plantar Warts: These appear on the balls of the feet, the heels and the bottoms of the toes.
- Flat Warts: These can appear anywhere on the body. These are smaller, smoother and flatter compared to other warts. Also they appear in large numbers on the surface of the body, and they spread quickly, so you could end up with a whole colony of warts.
- Genital Warts: This is a form of a sexually transmitted disease and is passed on during sexual activity. Clearly these warts show up in the genital area.
What can you do to get rid of warts, and treatment for warts?
Wart removal is often quite a simple procedure. However, it is always best to get rid of the wart as soon as you see it. So, as soon as you notice it, get to the doctor. If the warts remain untreated for a long time, then it becomes more complicated to treat them.
If you do not want to see the doctor, there are also a variety of home remedies or alternative treatments for wart cure and wart removal. You can often buy an over the counter treatment and medication. These over the counter treatments are usually in form of lotions or ointments. At the end of the treatment, the skin with the warts simply falls off. Many people have found that by covering the wart in duct tape, which eventually causes the wart and skin to come off.
There are a ton of home remedies for wart removal, from onion juice, to dry freezing your wart. So, go online and get a few ideas, or ask around. Or, as mentioned before, go to the doctor, they will likely use liquid nitrogen and freeze the wart off, or use the opposite extreme, and use an electric needle to burn off the wart.
Beware, if you get genital warts or foot warts they are comparatively more difficult to cure and heal. They often need specialized treatments and often the virus remains within the skin even if the wart falls off. Therefore the cure also includes chemical treatments for killing off the virus as well.
The best way to prevent warts is eat a balanced diet, and maintain good hygiene.