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Warts - Symptom, Treatment And Causes

What exactly are Warts and how are they Caused?

Warts are types of virus-induced skin growth. The culprit, in this case, is some variants of the HPV or the human papillomavirus. The skin’s top layer is usually affected and the virus makes its way into the body through a patch of broken skin. As a result of the infection, the skin’s top layer experiences rapid growth resulting in what is called a wart. Typically, warts wither away on their own within a span of a few months or years. All parts of the body are susceptible to warts and they are of different kinds too. Common warts are usually found on hands but may occur in other parts of the body too. The feet’s soles are the location for plantar warts, another common type of wart.

How do the affected areas spread?

Direct contact with HPV lets the condition propagate with ease. Suppose one person touches his wart then another body part then that body part too may develop warts. One must also be careful not to share personal items like razors, towels etc. with a person with warts. The growth of the skin is slow and it usually months after the infection that the wart takes it final shape. However, that does not mean each contact with HPV will result in warts. It may or may not occur. Some people are more vulnerable than others in this respect.

How is the diagnosis made?

Doctors especially dermatologists can tell if a skin growth is a wart just by having a look at it. The usual practice is to take a sample and conduct a skin biopsy. This is usually done in cases where there is a lack of clarity on the growth being a wart. Other reasons behind skin biopsy include that the growth is darker that it’s surrounding skin or is an irregular skin patch or is accompanied by bleeding or is excessively large or is growing too fast.

What is the treatment?

Warts usually do not need specialized medical treatment. But sometimes they may cause pain or spread to other areas. In such situations doctors, usually do the following:

  • Recommend Home Remedies like duct tapes or salicylic acid which are available even in the absence of prescriptions.
  • Put a strong medicine on the infected growth or injecting it with medicines.
  • Freeze the offending growth which is called cryotherapy.
  • Warts may also be removed through surgery.
Treatment of warts is not always successful. Even after warts are subdued the may recur or even spread to previously unaffected areas. This is due to the fact that the virus is incurable and only the wart is destroyed.
Treatable by medical professional Usually self diagnosable Lab test not required Short-term: resolves within days to weeks Non communicable
Symptoms
Fleshy growth A tiny bump

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Warts - Effective Ways To Get Rid Of It!

Dr. Venu Kumari 86% (1629 ratings)
MD - Skin,VD & Lepxsy
Dermatologist, Hyderabad
Warts - Effective Ways To Get Rid Of It!
Warts are small, rough patches on the skin (resembling cauliflowers) that are caused due to the human papillomavirus (hpv- a dna virus that can infect humans). In this condition, only the topmost layer of your skin gets infected and acquires a rough texture. Warts are not fatal (they do not cause cancer), but they are contagious in nature and do not vanish easily. Read on to find the most effective ways to get rid of warts. 1. Over-the-counter wart removers Over-the-counter wart treatments containing salicylic acid (a type of fungicide) as an active ingredient are commonly used for effective removal of warts. These medications generally eliminate warts by removing the topmost layer of the skin, following the peel-off process. 2. Cryotherapy Cryotherapy, also known as freezing therapy, is generally performed by a dermatologist and consists of the use of liquid nitrogen for freezing the warts. The application of the chemical results in the formation of a blister around the warts, which shed off after about a week. It takes almost 3 to 4 weeks to have completely wart-free skin. This method proves to be more effective when used with salicylic acid-based wart removers. 3. Laser treatment Another form of wart removal is pulsed-dye laser treatment. An ablative co2 laser acts by cutting and burning the wart. In this type of treatment the affected blood vessels are burnt, leading to the death of the infected tissue, following which the wart too disappears. However, this method is not commonly used if other treatment methods tend to work as it is painful and may leave behind scars. 4. Vaccine Sometimes your dermatologist may recommend the use of human papillomavirus (hpv) vaccine to successfully eliminate warts. 5. Bleomycin In this type of treatment each wart is injected with a shot of bleomycin, a medicine that fights cancer. However, this treatment is not preferred generally as it may be painful and comes with side effects like nail loss if the wart is present on the finger. 6. Immune therapy When warts refuse to vanish after the use of all common treatments, this method is put into use. This type of treatment involves the use of medications or solutions, which strengthens your immune system so that it can repel warts. In this case your warts may be injected with an antigen or a solution or cream may be applied on them.
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Warts: Treating Them with Homeopathy!!

Dr. Masuma Hussain 87% (49 ratings)
BHMS
Homeopath, Kolkata
Warts: Treating Them with Homeopathy!!
Warts show up in all shapes and sizes. Caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV), they are exceedingly contagious and while they can show up in anybody of all ages, they will probably trouble children and teenagers. About all warts are harmless however once they appear on conspicuous places such as the face or hands, most individuals will do almost anything to dispose of them. Contemplating Warts- Warts are frequently seen as simply a minor nuisance to expel the wart is to evacuate the issue. Yet, is this totally genuine? No, say homeopaths. Their presence on top of the skin warns of a more profound weakness or susceptibility that allows them to proceed and flourish. While expelling the wart creates a sans blemish skin, it does nothing to right this fundamental weakness the person is still defenseless against future medical issues. Homeopathic Remedies For Warts- At the point when using homeopathy for warts, great results are accomplished when the cure corresponds to the characteristics of the person as well as the shape and appearance of the wart. On account of that, three remedies are prescribed more regularly than whatever other Antimonium crudum (Ant-c.), Nitricum acidum (Nit-air conditioning.) and Thuja occidentalis (Thuj.) (under strict supervision of the experts). Perused on for the descriptions of these three and other regular wart remedies. Antimonium crudum (Ant-c.) (under strict supervision of the experts): Hard, smooth warts that frequently show up in groups. Crabbiness and a thickly covered white tongue also suggest the requirement for this cure. The person may also gorge and have various complaints regarding the digestion problem. Calcarea carbonica (Calc.) (under strict supervision of the experts): Round, hard, solitary warts. Frequently useful for endophytic warts that have a horny divider surrounding a focal depression. Shown in individuals with sticky hands and feet who incline toward routine and the well known as opposed to change and the obscure. At long last, a Warning About Warts Some skin cancers such as squalors cell carcinomas appear to be similar to warts so it is critical to get a firm diagnosis if there is any uncertainty. In case genital warts are present it is also imperative for ladies to have a PAP smear to watch that pre-cancerous changes have not occurred on the cervix.

How To Get Rid Of Warts?

Dr. Ravi Kothari 84% (10 ratings)
MD - Dermatology, MBBS
Dermatologist, Pune
How To Get Rid Of Warts?
What are Warts? Warts are infectious outgrowths that may appear on any part of the body. For example, the most common warts occur on fingers. They are caused by virus, most typically the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) and several of its subtypes. They appear as dense painless rounded nodules of about 0.3- 1 cm in diameter. The mode of transmission of this virus is usually by contact. You can also contract warts by sharing objects like razors, towels or other personal items. They can be sexually transmitted if the warts are present on genitals. Usually, they are benign outgrowths but sometimes, they may be cancerous if present on genitals. How To Prevent Warts? Earlier, the only way to prevent contracting warts was avoiding contact with infected people. But now-a-days, vaccines against HPV are present that are given in teen years to prevent genital warts and cancer caused by them. How are they diagnosed? Your doctor can easily tell if the outgrowth is a wart just by having a look at it. If it is not clear, your doctor may take a sample of your skin and look at it under the microscope to ensure that it is a wart. Treating Warts- CAUTERIZATION Cauterization is a medical procedure wherein a part of the body is burnt in order to damage some tissue in order to prevent an outgrowth. Cauterization can be done by medicine, cryotherapy (using localised or general low temperatures to treat benign or malignant tissues), radio frequency cauterization or laser. The method applied depends on size and location of the outgrowth or the choice of you dermatologist as well. It is recommended to get warts removed at its earliest to prevent spreading of the disease. Several myths are present in the market that state cure to warts by various homemade remedies but these can do more harm than good. Treating warts must be done by practised medical personnel. Incomplete removal of warts can cause recurrence of warts due to secondary infection. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a dermatologist and ask a free question.
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How To Get Rid Of Warts?

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MBBS, MD - Dermatology
Dermatologist, Ranchi
How To Get Rid Of Warts?
Warts are small, rough patches on the skin (resembling cauliflowers) that are caused due to the human papillomavirus (hpv- a dna virus that can infect humans). In this condition, only the topmost layer of your skin gets infected and acquires a rough texture. Warts are not fatal (they do not cause cancer), but they are contagious in nature and do not vanish easily. Read on to find the most effective ways to get rid of warts. 1. Over-the-counter wart removers Over-the-counter wart treatments containing salicylic acid (a type of fungicide) as an active ingredient are commonly used for effective removal of warts. These medications generally eliminate warts by removing the topmost layer of the skin, following the peel-off process. 2. Cryotherapy Cryotherapy, also known as freezing therapy, is generally performed by a dermatologist and consists of the use of liquid nitrogen for freezing the warts. The application of the chemical results in the formation of a blister around the warts, which shed off after about a week. It takes almost 3 to 4 weeks to have completely wart-free skin. This method proves to be more effective when used with salicylic acid-based wart removers. 3. Laser treatment Another form of wart removal is pulsed-dye laser treatment. An ablative co2 laser acts by cutting and burning the wart. In this type of treatment the affected blood vessels are burnt, leading to the death of the infected tissue, following which the wart too disappears. However, this method is not commonly used if other treatment methods tend to work as it is painful and may leave behind scars. 4. Vaccine Sometimes your dermatologist may recommend the use of human papillomavirus (hpv) vaccine to successfully eliminate warts. 5. Bleomycin In this type of treatment each wart is injected with a shot of bleomycin, a medicine that fights cancer. However, this treatment is not preferred generally as it may be painful and comes with side effects like nail loss if the wart is present on the finger. 6. Immune therapy When warts refuse to vanish after the use of all common treatments, this method is put into use. This type of treatment involves the use of medications or solutions, which strengthens your immune system so that it can repel warts. In this case your warts may be injected with an antigen or a solution or cream may be applied on them.
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Warts - Treating It with Homeopathy!!

Dr. Amruta Shriganesh Deshmukh 89% (269 ratings)
B.H.M.S.
Homeopath,
Warts - Treating It with Homeopathy!!
Warts show up in all shapes and sizes. Caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV), they are exceedingly contagious and while they can show up in anybody of all ages, they will probably trouble children and teenagers. About all warts are harmless however once they appear on conspicuous places such as the face or hands, most individuals will do almost anything to dispose of them. Contemplating Warts- Warts are frequently seen as simply a minor nuisance to expel the wart is to evacuate the issue. Yet, is this totally genuine? No, say homeopaths. Their presence on top of the skin warns of a more profound weakness or susceptibility that allows them to proceed and flourish. While expelling the wart creates a sans blemish skin, it does nothing to right this fundamental weakness the person is still defenseless against future medical issues. Homeopathic Remedies For Warts- At the point when using homeopathy for warts, great results are accomplished when the cure corresponds to the characteristics of the person as well as the shape and appearance of the wart. On account of that, three remedies are prescribed more regularly than whatever other Antimonium crudum (Ant-c.), Nitricum acidum (Nit-air conditioning.) and Thuja occidentalis (Thuj.) (under strict supervision of the experts). Perused on for the descriptions of these three and other regular wart remedies. Antimonium crudum (Ant-c.) (under strict supervision of the experts): Hard, smooth warts that frequently show up in groups. Crabbiness and a thickly covered white tongue also suggest the requirement for this cure. The person may also gorge and have various complaints regarding the digestion problem. Calcarea carbonica (Calc.) (under strict supervision of the experts): Round, hard, solitary warts. Frequently useful for endophytic warts that have a horny divider surrounding a focal depression. Shown in individuals with sticky hands and feet who incline toward routine and the well known as opposed to change and the obscure. At long last, a Warning About Warts Some skin cancers such as squalors cell carcinomas appear to be similar to warts so it is critical to get a firm diagnosis if there is any uncertainty. In case genital warts are present it is also imperative for ladies to have a PAP smear to watch that pre-cancerous changes have not occurred on the cervix.
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Popular Questions & Answers

Suffering from genital warts! Can it be cured? And which doctor I need to consult about it coz its increasing in numbers.

Dr. Bhagyesh Patel 93% (2479 ratings)
FMAS, MS
General Surgeon, Gandhinagar
Respected lybrate-user. Hi can be cured dermatologist is best person for that dear thanks regards.

Hi Doctors, I have small wart like thing on my lips generated since last few weeks. It pains and itches a lot. Please suggest a solution.

Dr. Jayvirsinh Chauhan 97% (4004 ratings)
MD - Homeopathy, BHMS
Homeopath, Vadodara
HI Angshuman... better get it checked... that is it a wart or an epithelioma. or something other... You may take homoeopathic medicne Phosphorus 0/1 3 doses for 3 days... see if it helps.. My advise is to consult with proper details..
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Is genital herpes and Genital warts deadly and does genital warts occur due to genital herpes. Please help I have hsv1 igg 4.6 and igm negative. Hsv2 negative. And told genital warts is what I have and got treated by catheterization its 10 months hence will gov clear I read it take 7.5 months to 2 years.

Dr. Jayvirsinh Chauhan 97% (4004 ratings)
MD - Homeopathy, BHMS
Homeopath, Vadodara
Hi yas... the genital warts is not deadly directly.. but it makes your body weak and vulnerable for other diseases and infections... Just local removal of the warts does not means the system is freed from it... The best way to cure it completely you may consult for homoeopathic treatment...

If you have a history of genital warts does it mean you can not have sex without a condom to have children with your wife as genital warts are caused by the hpv virus. Will this virus still spread to her even if warts are not present for the last 10 months. Will I have to use condoms all my life. Will genital warts also kill me soon. Please help. Me with a detailed answer.

Dr. Bhagyesh Patel 93% (2479 ratings)
FMAS, MS
General Surgeon, Gandhinagar
Respected Yas hi you can have sex without condom once your doctor gives you clean chit of cure from HPV .virus spread depends upon its microscopic presence , of present can spread otherwise not .you do not have to use condom all life . You are not going to die of HPV if cured properly . Dear thanks regards
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How warts happen? Can it be permanently cure by medicine? If yes please suggest me any? Just to know I have never been in contact with any person who has warts then how come I got a small wart under my lips? Please help.

Dr. Jayvirsinh Chauhan 97% (4004 ratings)
MD - Homeopathy, BHMS
Homeopath, Vadodara
Warts is an extra growth of the epithelial layer of the skin... and occurs mostly because of the virus or due to genetic predisposition.. know it or not... Knowingly or unknowingly our ancestors have passed many defective and infected genes to us... and that is reason of these diseases and many others.. like cancer diabetes, hypertension etc.. Now to answer to your next question is yes it can be cured by medicine.. specifically homoeopathic medicine... Ideally Over the counter prescriptions are not that successful in homoeopathy as it requireds much more details to prescribe a good medicine... so it is better to consult... Still you may take Dulcamara 0/1 one dose for 3 days..

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