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You don't have to live with unsightly warts on your skin. These seemingly innocent HPV (human papillomavirus) do way more harm than good. Though 60-70 percent of warts are harmless and will eventually go away even without treatment, know that more than 70 percent of cervical cancer is caused by HPV (venereal warts) found on female genitalia. The body's immune system can knock out the virus the same way it gets rid of common colds. If you like to help your system to accelerate the process a bit, why not find out about natural ways and home remedies for safe wart removal?
What's Up With Warts
A wart is typically a small, benign skin growth or tumor that most frequently grows on a person's hands or feet. It is caused by a strain of virus called the HPV or human papillomavirus. The virus stimulates keratin, a hard protein layer found on the skin, to be produced at an unusually fast rate. There are myriad known types of HPV and about 30 can cause warts to grow in the genital area.
They may manifest different physical appearances depending on which part of the body it is growing on and how thick the skin is. For instance, one wart may look flat and smooth, but there are warts that can also appear like a bump with a rough texture. There are blood vessels that supply it with oxygen and nutrients. Severe cases of warts can cause the deformation of skin lines and creases. A wart that grows on the sole of the foot is referred to as a verruca.
Warts are infectious. They can be transmitted from one person to another either through direct contact, or indirectly by sharing personal stuff like towels. The virus enters the skin or epidermis through cuts or openings.
The Different Types of Warts
Know the different types of warts that can cause unsightly growths. Not all are harmless and inconspicuous; some types can cause you discomfort and grow to a very large size. Among those you need to be worried about are the genital warts. These are primarily transmitted through intimate sexual contact. Aside from genital warts, there are about five other major types.
- 1Verruca Vulgaris or Common Warts:Advertisement
- 4Verrucas or Plantar Warts:
Treatments for Warts
Even when warts are relatively harmless, they can cause emotional pain or trauma. Some people become very stressed by the look of the warts or the idea that they're there. Read on to learn some effective ways to treat warts.
Natural and Safe Wart Removal Home Remedies
The growth of warts is a sign that the immune system is weak, which is why pregnant women and children make easy targets for HPV. Thus, battling warts entails prophylactic boosting of the immune system and using of botanicals to eradicate the virus and treat the wart. If the wart is not causing you undue pain or is not spreading, a strong immune system is enough to fight it off. Here are some home remedies to for safe wart removal for you to try:
- 1Boost your immune system. A strong immune system will help prevent, growth and the spread of the HPV. Living a healthy lifestyle, eating a balanced diet, exercising, and sleeping well and getting plenty of rest are important in boosting the immune system. Taking Echinacea will also help to boost your immune system.
- 3Keep your cuts and scrapes covered. Since HPV can find their way through skin cuts and scratches, it is important to cover them.
- 4Protect your feet.
- 5Rule out cross-contamination. This means spreading HPV from one part of your body to another. Kids are more vulnerable to the risks of cross-contamination because of nibbling infected nails, easily having cuts and broken skin because of hyperactivity and small accidents.
- 7Don't share personal stuff. This will prevent the spread of the virus to other people in the house or at work.
- 9Apply tea tree oil. This essential oil is endowed with powerful antiseptic and bactericidal properties. It can also treat warts; apply it to the warts every day for 7 to 10 days.
- 11Dab with essential lemon oil. This is applied in the same way as the tea tree oil. Dab the essential oil directly on the wart until the wart has been eradicated
- 13Swab it with apple cider vinegar (ACV). Dip a piece of cotton in apple cider vinegar, and then directly apply it on the wart. Do this twice a day or until the wart has been removed.
- 15. Cleansing with hydrogen peroxide. You may want to clean the wart using 10% hydrogen peroxide (H22), a common wound cleanser in most homes. Use of other home remedies can be more effective when combined with hydrogen peroxide.
- 17Mashed aspirin. Aspirin is rich in salicylic acid. It can be mashed and applied directly to the wart. As usual, cover it to keep the mashed aspirin in place.
- 19Duct tape.
- This can be placed directly over the wart and left there for about six days.
- Before removing, soak the wart in water before using pumice stone or emery board to rub off the softened wart.
Medical Treatments for Warts
Consider seeing a doctor for wart treatment if the wart is causing you pain, is changing its appearance, bleeds easily, or it's spreading quickly to the other parts of your body. If you want the wart taken off for medical or cosmetic reasons, ask your doctor about safe procedures. Generally, one or a combination treatment may be recommended:
- 1Salicylic acid.
- 2Cryotherapy. This is a medical procedure that makes use of a very cold liquid, which is sprayed onto the wart, freezing and destroying the cells in the process. This is performed exclusively by healthcare professionals and may require the use of a local anesthetic. An OTC equivalent is sold in pharmacies (dimethyl-ether/propane spray); it should not be used on the face.
- 4Electrocautery. This is a medical procedure in which the wart is burned using an electric current.
- 6Invasive surgery. This is an invasive procedure that is resorted to only when all else has failed. This is generally performed under local or general anesthetic. Big warts are cut out while smaller warts may be removed using a curette.
- 8Retinoids. This is a derivative of vitamin A that can disrupt the growth of warts.
- 9Bleomycin (Blenoxane).
Tips, Tricks & Warnings
There are certain things to remember insofar as warts are concerned.
- First, you do not need to be pestered by them.
- Second, a healthy lifestyle and strong immune system are the best ways to prevent the growth of these skin outgrowths.
- Third, there are safe, inexpensive and natural ways to get rid of them.
- And fourth, you can also seek medical help if you want to accelerate the process and you have the budget.
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