Warts - Yes a Contagious Viral
Warts are common. You can get them at any age, but they are
prevalent in kid's aged 12 through 16. They usually appear on
the hands, or feet but can be seen on the face or other body
parts. How embarrassing - WARTS. Younger children
often can not understand why adults take such objection to
those funny bumps that don't hurt. Teenagers may become
reclusive to avoid name calling by their peers.
These common types of warts are harmless. Individual who
take steroid medications, have suppressed immune systems such
as those with HIV infection and kids are more likely to
contract this viral infection. This virus is spread by direct
skin contact or by touching the moist surfaces such as the
floor of swimming areas, changing rooms of these facilities and
other sports facilities if someone who has warts has touched
Certain individuals seem to be more prone to viruses than
other, even those in the same family. There are different types
of warts; common, the plane wart, the filiform, the plantar,
mosaic and the genital wart.
Treatment for Warts
Usually no treatment is necessary as 30 to 50% of all warts
disappear within six months of their appearance when children
have them. Warts can take longer to disappear in
adults, as long as up to 2 years.
Treatment may be needed for warts if they are really
unsightly causing distress for the individual, are spreading to
other individuals, and are painful or itchy. There are a number
of over-the-counter remedies that can speed the process of
healing and do not need a prescription. They come in all forms
including gels, creams, paints and medicated plasters. You can
usually find them in the pharmacy or located near the
The main ingredient in these preparations is salicylic acid.
The preparation destroys the thick skin of the wart and is
rubbed off using a pumice stone or other abrasive material.
When treating a wart, it is necessary to protect the healthy
skin surrounding the wart, as the preparation will also damage
that skin if it comes in contact with it. You can use petroleum
jelly to product the healthy skin.
These over-the-counter treatments are usually repeated daily
after washing the skin. Rub off the dead skin once a week. Do
not continue to use any product that causes the skin to become
irritated. You can re-start the treatment in a few days after
the skin has healed.
Those individuals who have diabetes, poor circulation or
have large warts should not use these over-the-counter
Other ways to remove a wart: Silver nitrate pencil (also an
Duct tape can be used during the day and taken off at night.
Use an abrasive to rub off any dead skin. The tape has to be
applied for several weeks to achieve the desired affect.
Common warts often respond well to these old fashioned
methods of removal.
Crush a garlic clove and apply the garlic to the wart. Cover
with a band-aid for 24 hours. Blisters should form
on the wart and it will fall off in about a week.
Make a paste of castor oil and baking soda. Apply the
paste to the wart and cover with a bandage. Put it on at
night before bed. This usually takes a few weeks for the
wart to fall off.
Another folk medicine is to milk the stem of a dandelion
onto the wart in the morning and evening.
Aloe vera gel and tea tree oil have had some success as
You should consider that if the wart is removed by external
means, the body will not have a chance to build up an immunity
to the virus and you may see more warts.
Cryotherapy is a freezing system that can be purchased by or
Seek the advice of a doctor if the wart does not heal with
Surgery on large warts may be done if chemical treatment
fails. A small curette is used to scrape the wart away. This
procedure will leave a scar and there may be danger of
spreading the wart virus when using this method, so it is used
as a last resort.
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