Do you have warts you want to get rid of? Then read on to ensure what you have is a common wart (not seborrheic keratosis) and several removal treatment methods.
Warts are skin growths caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV) skin infection. A common wart appears as a raised round or oval growth on the skin with a rough surface. It materializes when the virus gets under your skin and causes excessive skin growth. Virus access is often through damaged skin resulting from a cut or scrape. Shaving nicks are another broken skin opportunity for a common wart to develop. Hence, men tend to sprout them around their beard area and women on their legs.
The nature of common warts vary. Some hurt, while others are painless. Some have just one, while others seem to grow a family of warts.
Warts are contagious, typically spread via skin to skin contact. However, you can pick up this virus off an object as well. Yet, not all contact with HPV causes a wart because your immune system can step in and thwart its activity.
Common warts tend to show up on the hands and fingers. Some other types of warts are:
- plantar warts ~ soles of feet
- periungual warts ~ fingernails
- flat warts ~ frequently shaved areas
- genital warts ~ sexually transmitted
So now you want to get rid of your warts and fast. The fastest and most assured way to rid warts are the removal treatments used by your health care provider. Not really an option? Then the following are some of the “do it yourself” removal treatment techniques for getting rid of warts.
There are two products offered over the counter designed to eliminate a wart. One is an aerosol spray that’s suppose to freeze your wart, similar to treating them with liquid nitrogen or dry ice available through a doctor’s office. The other contains salicylic acid, which is an acid that softens keratin to allow for top layer skin removal. One reason these removal treatments may not get rid your skin of a wart is because the failure to annihilate its root.
Another removal method is environmental cover up, proven more effective than OTC cryotherapy. Known as the duct tape treatment, the goal is to keep your wart covered with something until it miraculously sloughs off. Duct tape, electrical tape or clear nail polish are suggested choices. The primary downside for using this treatment is maintaining wart’s cover up pending anticipated discharge, which may take days.
Some warts will disappear without treatment, although it might take a couple of years. And those warts around your nails are much more difficult to get rid of than anywhere else.