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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

Popular Health Tips

Using Carbon Dioxide Laser For Removing Warts, Moles and Skin Tags!

Dr. Sangeeta Varma 92% (85 ratings)
M Derm, DNB (Dermatology & Venereology) , MBBS
Dermatologist, Gurgaon
Using Carbon Dioxide Laser For Removing Warts, Moles and Skin Tags!
The application of lasers has revolutionized the field of medical dermatology in a very big way. Since the laser is a high energy source, its use must be perfect to ensure that there are no accidents or mishaps. Laser therapy is therefore used after careful evaluation of the requirements of a person. The place of laser use is also very important. Carbon dioxide is one of the oldest and most popular lasers used among the medical fraternity. CO lasers find a wide variety of applications. The wavelength of a CO laser falls between 9.4 micrometers to 10.6 micrometers. The biggest advantage of this laser is that there are a lot of variants that emit a variable range of power. Another advantage of the CO laser is that the moisture of the body can easily absorb the power that a CO laser emits. CO Laser applications: Moles: Moles are clusters of melanin absorbed on the skin over many years. It stems from melanocytes and are usually brown, pink or tan in color. They can be flat or raised, oval or round. The CO laser can remove a mole without any pain. A light scab will be formed after the laser treatment but would fall off in a few days. The laser process lasts for about 90-120 seconds. Removal of skin tags: Skin tags are also known as acrochordon. They are smaller than a grain of rice and are mostly formed on the face, groin, neck and armpit area. While they are harmless, a person can choose to remove them if they cause irritability and discomfort or have an impact on self-esteem. CO lasers find applications here as well. It takes dermatologists about2-3 minutes to remove skin tags. No trace of them would be found after the laser treatment is complete. Warts: Plantar warts are non-cancerous. These skin extensions occur on the sole, ball of the foot, heel and other similar places. These are basically deposits of dense fibrous tissues that are deep seated in layers of the skin. They are also visible in the softer tissues of the foot. Both common warts and plantar warts are removed in the same manner. Since these are recurring extensions, medication can only limit them but cannot be used as a permanent solution. CO lasers are the most effective treatment for this condition. The laser treatment extracts the fibrous mass from deep within the skin and ensures no recurrence of the warts. It might take a couple of sessions depending on the extent and spread of the warts. Once treated successfully, the patient would get a permanent solution to this recurrent problem.
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Warts vs. Moles - All You Need To Know!

Dermatologist
Dermatologist, Delhi
Warts vs. Moles - All You Need To Know!
Everyone wants to have a bright and radiating skin. But blemishes and skin abnormalities are common and can occur due to lifestyle, diet or hormonal imbalances. Moles and warts are typical skin issues. But how do you tell them apart? Moles What are they? Hardly ever causing pain, they appear in many different colours and can be bumpy or flat. Most often of red, brown or black colour, they occur as a result of skin pigmentation called melanocytes. They can be caused due to direct exposure to sunlight or due to genetic factors as well. They can appear in any part of the body and form slowly, taking a long time to grow. Warts What are they? Small bumps or rough growth on the skin that appear in hands, legs, fingers, soles of the feet, face or in the genital area manifest as warts. They are white or pale. They occur as a result of harmful virus infection of Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) and hence, can be contagious. As opposed to moles, warts need to be removed quickly since a virus causes them. How do you differentiate a mole from a wart? Below are some common characteristics of each that can help you identify the skin problem: Moles Either flat or elevated from the skin, they are commonly referred to as beauty marks or birth marks. At times, they have hair growing from them. Usually, they have one colour mostly on the darker side. It cannot be transmitted between people. They are generated by a collection of pigment cells in the body and darken during hormonal changes. They tend to become cancerous and lead to melanoma. Warts They are harmless, yet contagious. They have small black or dark dots in the centre that are tiny blood vessels, which provide them with nutrients. They grow outwards on the skin with a scaly or bumpy deposit. They can grow anywhere on the body, but are commonly found in feet, hands or fingers. How to treat warts and moles? The good news is that both warts and moles do not pose a grave risk to your health, but they are annoying and can turn dangerous in the long run. Especially with warts, you can give it to someone or acquire from someone, since it is a type of virus infection. So, seek medical assistance if you want them to be removed from your skin. Be aware of the difference between warts and moles to know what you are dealing with. Consult a dermatologist to decide the right steps to remove it or not.
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Can Laser Treatment Help Treat Warts?

Dr. Anand Bhatia 85% (101 ratings)
Fellowship In Aesthetic Medicine |, MBBS
Dermatologist, Mumbai
Can Laser Treatment Help Treat 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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How Ayurveda Helps Manage Genital Warts?

Dr. Vijay Prakash 86% (98 ratings)
Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Kanpur
How Ayurveda Helps Manage Genital Warts?
Warts are small fleshy growths on human skin, which can happen anywhere over the body and are usually harmless, although they could be unsightly and if growing in certain areas, may be painful. Genital warts belong to that variety. Most warts are caused by HPV or the human Papilloma virus and genital warts are no different. Causes of Genital warts: Genital warts are usually contracted during sexual intercourse. During intercourse, tearing of skin and contact with an infected individual will pass of the virus to another person. This is how HPV is transmitted, which may result in genital warts. Other than being unsightly, genital warts can be painful if they are in position when they have friction against clothing and they may also obstruct the flow of urine requiring them to be removed expediently. Treatment of genital warts in ayurveda: Ayurveda has some great remedies to cure this problem. Let us have a look at a few of them: The onion and salt mixture remedy: This natural remedy has primarily two elements, which are onion and salt. To make this mixture you slice two onions, and sprinkle them with salt before leaving them overnight. In the morning, mash the onions into a thick paste and then pass it through a filter or sieve to extract juice. Apply this juice on the warts periodically for a few weeks until they either shrivel or fall off. The garlic paste remedy: This is another easy remedy which if applied consistently can bring great results fairly quickly. In this method you need to take a few cloves of garlic, crush them to a paste, apply this paste on the warts, cover the affected area with a bandage and leave it for an hour. After an hour remove the bandage and wash of the area. Repeat this for a few weeks and you should see the results. The potato remedy: This remedy would require you to follow the steps multiple times a day. Take a potato and cut it into slices. Use these slices to rub the affected area. This has to be followed up multiple times a day, preferable at least 3 or more times. Doing this for 2 to 3 weeks will bring results where the warts will either shrink up or fall off.
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Causes Of Genital Warts And Its Ayurvedic Treatment!

Dr. Tushar Chipra 91% (82 ratings)
Bachelor of Ayurveda Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Nashik
Causes Of Genital Warts And Its Ayurvedic Treatment!
Warts are small fleshy growths on human skin, which can happen anywhere over the body and are usually harmless, although they could be unsightly and if growing in certain areas, may be painful. Genital warts belong to that variety. Most warts are caused by HPV or the human Papilloma virus and genital warts are no different. Causes of Genital warts: Genital warts are usually contracted during sexual intercourse. During intercourse, tearing of skin and contact with an infected individual will pass of the virus to another person. This is how HPV is transmitted, which may result in genital warts. Other than being unsightly, genital warts can be painful if they are in position when they have friction against clothing and they may also obstruct the flow of urine requiring them to be removed expediently. Treatment of genital warts in ayurveda: Ayurveda has some great remedies to cure this problem. Let us have a look at a few of them: The onion and salt mixture remedy: This natural remedy has primarily two elements, which are onion and salt. To make this mixture you slice two onions, and sprinkle them with salt before leaving them overnight. In the morning, mash the onions into a thick paste and then pass it through a filter or sieve to extract juice. Apply this juice on the warts periodically for a few weeks until they either shrivel or fall off. The garlic paste remedy: This is another easy remedy which if applied consistently can bring great results fairly quickly. In this method you need to take a few cloves of garlic, crush them to a paste, apply this paste on the warts, cover the affected area with a bandage and leave it for an hour. After an hour remove the bandage and wash of the area. Repeat this for a few weeks and you should see the results. The potato remedy: This remedy would require you to follow the steps multiple times a day. Take a potato and cut it into slices. Use these slices to rub the affected area. This has to be followed up multiple times a day, preferable at least 3 or more times. Doing this for 2 to 3 weeks will bring results where the warts will either shrink up or fall off.
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Popular Questions & Answers

I have warts on my private area and I have been given cream but ran out. The RN told me to use Apple cider vinegar and I have been doing it I wanted to know how would I know if they are getting better.

Dr. Bhagyesh Patel 94% (3300 ratings)
FMAS, MS
General Surgeon, Gandhinagar
Hello dear cadarius , hi Welcome to Lybrate.com I have evaluated your query thoroughly . * You have to keep assessing the size of the wart in millimeters with scale for getting this progress . Hope this clears your query . Regards .

I have Got a viral wart on my lip and forehead since 4 months I have tried many medication including laser therapy but nothing is working plse suggest me some ointment.

Dr. Bhagyesh Patel 94% (3300 ratings)
FMAS, MS
General Surgeon, Gandhinagar
Hello dear Waseem , hi Welcome to Lybrate.com I have evaluated your query thoroughly . * This condition is only curable with open surgery only . Hope this will clear your query . Regards .

I am having wart or massa in local language. I am having it behind the ear and it is small in size. What should I do to get rid of it at home.

Dr. Adnan Mattoo 92% (102 ratings)
General Surgeon, Srinagar
Hello don't touch or squeeze it again n again. As it spreads. Use duofilm lotion once a day for two weeks. Regards.

My wife is affected with seed wart in both hand fingers. She is getting more itching as well low pain. Kindly suggest the best treatment and approximate cost as well.

Dr. Bhagyesh Patel Patel 94% (3300 ratings)
FMAS, MS
General Surgeon, Gandhinagar
Dear lybrate-user, hi Welcome to Lybrate.com I have evaluated your query thoroughly.* Local use of steroid and other creams can give primary relief with certain medications.* Definite recovery with laser, nitrogen therapy or other with expert dermatologist.* Cost depends upon the operator, center where you get treatment. Hope this clears your query. Wishing you fine recovery. Regards dear take care.

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 94% (3300 ratings)
FMAS, MS
General Surgeon, Gandhinagar
Respected lybrate-user. Hi can be cured dermatologist is best person for that dear thanks regards.

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