How to get rid of Warts?

What are Warts and how to eliminate them?

A wart is a small, cauliflower shaped rough growth resembling a solid blister. Usually, it occurs on hands or feet, but sometimes seen other locations, such as genital warts. It is caused by human papillomavirus or HPV, and unfortunately, there are over hundred types of HPVs, some of which may infect the genitals or even cause cancer.

There are different types of warts: the common ones include flat warts, plantar warts, periungual warts, and filiform warts. Another type is the sexually transmitted (genital) warts that are caused by different type of HPV.

Get rid of common warts

Most of the warts go away on their own within 18 months of occurrence. Different types of warts need different treatment. The treatment that applies to common wart does not apply to genital or venereal warts.

1. Salicylic-acid preparations. Such preparations are available as gels, drops, pads and plasters. They are made to be applied on warts of any size. Salicylic acid is a keratolytic medication. This preparation dissolves the protein (keratin) that makes up the wart and the thick layer of dead skin around it.

2. Nonprescription freezing methods. Aerosol wart treatments are available as over-the-counter sprays which freeze the wart affected region at temperature of -70F (-57C). However, dermatologists use liquid nitrogen, which uses considerably much lower temperature (-320F or 96C).

3. Duct tape, Some people have tried to cover warts with duct (duck) tape or other nonporous tape, even electrical tape to serve the purpose. This treatment requires tape to be replaced often, and the process being repeated for weeks or months. Care must be taken that the tape is over the affected area only.

4. Herbal preparations like the ones made with Calendula, Tea Tree Oil, Echinacea, Aloe Vera, Chickweed, Dandelion, Milkweed and Flaxseed may help. Traditional treatments like rubbing banana peel may also help.

5.Keep yourself clean Clean the affected region clean. Use disinfectant products and cleaning products are designed to help you protect your family from illness caused by germs and to keep your home clean.

Genital or Venereal Warts

Genital (or venereal) warts constitute a contagious sexually transmitted disease that arises from a much dangerous type of HPV. It is spread through direct skin contact during oral, genital, or anal sex with an infected person. People having multiple sex partners and who have unprotected sex are at greater risk of acquiring genital warts. There is no cure for genital warts, but these usually clear up on their own in due time. Women are more at risk to suffer with the bad effects of genital warts.

Genital warts are treated with:

1. Medicated solution or a gel applied to the affected area. It is applied in cycles for several weeks until the wart falls off, but sometimes they may reemerge.

2. Topical immune response cream.

3. Non-prescription creams containing cedar oil and thuja occidentalis.

4. Ointments made with extracts from green tea and other components. They are approved by the FDA.

5. Other methods like Cryotherapy (using liquid nitrogen), treatment with trichloracetic acid, electrocautery (uses electric current), and removal with conventional or laser surgery are carried out.

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