What are warts?
Warts are benign growths on the skin that come in various shapes and sizes. While some warts may appear as bumps with a hard surface, others may be flat and smooth. Warts can grow on any body part and there are many different types, including the common and plantar. Common warts usually grow on hands, but they can ultimately grow anywhere. Whereas Plantar warts grow on the soles of your feet.
Tiny blood vessels grow inside the core of the wart and keep the wart supplied with blood. In both, plantar and common warts, these blood vessels may appear as tiny black dot.
In addition to these two common wart types, there are also genital, flat, filiform, periungual warts.
Who can get warts?
Warts can affect anyone. However, children, teenagers, people who bite their fingernails or pick at hangnails, and those who have a weakened immune system, are more likely to get infected with the virus human papillomavirus (HPV) that causes warts.
What are the causes of warts? Are they Contagious?
As specified in the above section, warts are triggered due to the attack of a certain human papillomavirus. This virus enters the body through the broken area on the skin and infects the top layer of the skin. The virus forms a wart by causing the top layer to grow rapidly.
These growths, though harmless, are contagious and can spread from one part of the body to another easily. If you pick at your warts and do not wash your hands promptly after touching them, then the infection can spread easily to the other body areas you touch afterwards. Furthermore, shaving over the area infected with warts can transfer the virus to the razor and using the same razor elsewhere can further spread the virus.
Warts can also spread from the infected person to any other person that comes in contact with the infected person. If you touch the warts growing on someone else’s body or come in contact with items such as towels and bathmats of the HPV infected person, then you are highly likely to catch the infection.
How can warts be treated?
While some warts will disappear without requiring any treatment, others will refuse to budge. The ones that do eventually vanish may take months to even years to disappear.
Also, though warts are not severe in nature, you may decide to treat them if they are causing pain, if they are growing rapidly and spreading to other body parts, or, if their unsightly appearance is bothering you.
Natural wart removal treatments are usually preferred by those who are not fan of surgical wart removal therapies, such as cryotherapy, electrosurgery and curettage. Most commonly used natural remedies that are relatively much safer and inexpensive than surgical therapies are :
Use of salicylic acid- One of the most commonly used home treatments, salicylic acid works by smoothening the skin layers that develop into a wart and consequently, makes it easier for the growth to get rubbed off.
Marketed wart removal formulas- There are several natural products available on market that are specially formulated with ingredients that can help to reduce the severity of the wart bumps. One of such effective natural products is ZymaDerm for warts formula, which comes with an applicator brush thus, offering you the convenience of applying the formula directly and easily on to the growths. Best part? This formula does not trigger any potential side effects and treats warts safely and painlessly.
How can warts be prevented?
There are a number of preventive measures that can reduce your risk of catching the infection.
Wash your hands regularly and maintain good skin health by keeping it clean, moisturized and cut-free. Quit the habit of biting fingernails and picking at skin.
Maintain good hygiene and make sure to use clean, dry and fresh towels. Take special care in public locations such as locker rooms, gyms, and public pools. Furthermore, always wear rubber-made flip flops in showers and locker rooms.