Wart Removal Treatments
What are Warts, and What Causes Them?
Warts are small, rough, and hard growths that are similar in color to the pigmentation of the rest of the skin. Common warts typically do not have any derivative symptoms other than when they arise on the feet where they can cause a painful sensation similar to walking on small stones or pebbles.
Warts are harmless and can occur on any part of the body. The appearance of warts depends on their location. Warts that appear on the palms of the hands or bottoms of the feet (plantar warts) grow in due to continuous pressure. In other areas that are afflicted with warts, they have a tendency to protrude.
Warts are caused by infection with a type of the human papillomavirus (HPV). Factors that can increase the risk of exposure to HPV are working with meat, the use of public showers, eczema, and a low immune system. It is believed that the virus enters the body through skin that has been slightly damaged.
Without treatment, most warts resolve in a matter of months to years. A variety of medical treatments can aid an individual to rid themselves of the condition including salicylic acid and cryotherapy.
Are Warts Contagious?
Wart Viruses are contagious. Warts can spread by coming in contact with a wart, or something that touched the wart. Anyone can get warts, but some people are more prone to acquiring the HPV virus than others. These particular individuals are normally those who bite their nails or pick at hangnails, as well as those with weakened immune systems. In children, warts often go away on their own without medical intervention. A dermatologist should treat warts that hurt, bother, or multiply swiftly.
Wart treatment depends on the warts’ size, location, and duration. There is no singularly perfect remover of warts, but surgical removal, freezing with liquid nitrogen, and certain chemical applications are the most common modalities a specialist will apply. There are numerous at home method for wart removal, with variable results.
Tape occlusion is a popular, inexpensive method of wart removal that involves covering a wart with tape. While people may swear by covering a wart with a tape product to help it go away, there are no research studies that show clearly defined results that this method helps to remove a wart any fast than letting it run its course.