Warts ideally occur when the wart causing virus, HPV, comes in contact with your skin and eventually infects its top layer. This virus spreads infection by infesting on any open cuts or any broken part of the skin. Warts appear when this virus causes the skin to grow into a formation, which can occur in a variety of shapes and sizes ranging from small, rough bumps to flat and smooth formations.
Warts are of different types and can grow on any part of the body. Also, warts are generally painless but can be painful if they grow on an area where you apply pressure such as on your fingers or on soles of your feet. However, the worst part about this unsightly infection is that it is contagious.
While it is true that most warts remain harmless and do not require any wart removal treatments, it is also true that there are warts that can be painful and can spread rapidly and hence, one should adopt preventive methods to avoid reaching a stage where they are affected by such contagious and unsightly formations.
- Be them growing on your body or on someone else’s, avoid touching warts because if after touching a wart you apply the same touch on some other body part, chances are that warts will grow at that spot as well.
- Another preventive measure that must be taken care of in order to minimize the chances of getting infected with warts is avoiding walking barefoot in moist, warm areas (public showers, locker rooms, pool areas) where the HPV generally thrives.
- Avoid sharing razors, towels, gloves, shoes and socks with others because medically speaking; someone with no visible warts can also be carrying the wart triggering virus.
- Avoid picking your feet soles, skin on your fingers or skin on any part of the body for that matter because warts grow more rapidly on broken skin.
However, if you are infected with warts already, try preventing it from spreading further by keeping it covered by a bandage or athletic tape. Also, avoid biting finger nails and picking cuticles as doing so will cause the warts to spread further.
When it comes to treatment of warts, some warts heal on their own while some don’t. If you are however bothered by the appearance of your warts and experience pain, there are very many effective solutions on market that can provide certain relief from their symptoms. Wartrol spray is one such topical solution that can help you battle out common symptoms of warts.
In severe cases however, one should seek medical attention right away to prevent the infection from spreading further. Use of Cantharidin, Cryotherapy, Electrosurgery and curettage and excision are some of the commonly adopted ways by dermatologists to treat warts. In more severe cases, dermatologists may even choose to perform laser treatment or immunotherapy to make the warts go away.