Different Types of Warts.

There are a total of five main types of warts, but some sources distinguish even seven or eight. Each type has a slightly different look and also it can appear in different parts of your body. All of these warts are caused by human papilloma virus (HPV); however it is important to mention that there are many different types of this virus too (more 100). Since each type of wart is triggered by a different virus there might be different treatments used for each of them.

different-types-of-wartsPlantar warts. These types of warts appear on the bottom of the foot. They appearance is usually flat, because they are hard pressed by the weight of your whole body. They can appear grouped or solely and can cause huge discomfort while walking. It is quite easy to recognize them since they look like small bumps with a little black hole inside.

Mosaic warts. These warts appear at the bottom of your foot and in clusters. In rare cases they can also appear on other areas of the body, such as hands. They are basically the same as plantar; however the difference is that they appear in clusters. Although they are not very visible to other people, but people usually treat them since they are quite painful. People tend to get these kinds of warts while walking barefoot in swimming pools and other public places.

Common warts. These types of warts are also commonly referred to as verruca vulgaris. In most cases they appear on fingers or toes; however there might be exceptions too. It is quite easy to recognize them since they are greyer than the skin that surrounds them. They can be distinguished by their rough surface and rounded top. It is more common to get them for people who have weaker immune system. Since they are transmitted by touching it might be safer to avoid close contact (shaking hands and etc.) with people who have them. In most cases it is not necessary to treat them since they tend to disappear on their own; however you can definitely try to remove them if you find them too embarrassing.

Periungual warts. These type of warts only grows bellow and around nails (finger or toe). They can be extremely painful and can even influence the growth of your nails. If you have a bad habit of biting your nails this can highly increase the chance of this type of warts. They can be recognized when your skin that surrounds nails becomes cauliflower-like. Some tips to avoid these kind of warts are: keep your nails clean, avoid walking barefoot especially in public places, wear shoes that are not small and also wear socks that are made of cotton.

Flat warts. These kinds of warts mostly appear in the face area; however they might also be found on legs or arms too. In appearance they are quite similar to common warts; however they can be distinguished by smoother surface. They are more common among young people and children than adults. Since they are quite small it might take some time to even notice them.

Filiform warts. The appearance of these warts is similar to threads that are long and thin. Depending on the size they might be not so noticeable for other people since they have the same color as your skin. They usually appear either near your nose or mouth and less frequently bellow you chin or on the neck.

Genital warts. This is the most unpleasant and dangerous type of warts than can appear. They can show up on, in and around your genital or rectal area. They can be both small and large in size and multiple or single in the amount. They appearance is usually cauliflower-like so it is not difficult to recognize them. In some cases they might cause some unpleasant symptoms such as burning, bleeding and itching. Since in most cases they sexually transmitted it is very possible to pass them to the other partner. When you have sex with a person who has human papilloma virus, the first signs that you are infected too usually appear within a few weeks or months. Using a condom while having sex can greatly reduce the chance of getting this virus; however it doesn’t guarantee that it wouldn’t be passed on to you.

All types of these warts can be treated at a comfort of your home (except for genital warts) and it is not even necessary to treat them if you are comfortable with them. Quite commonly they tend to disappear within a few months or years’ time. In case you notice that a wart became bigger in size or more of them appeared it might be a good idea to consider a treatment. For this same reason many people start a treatment right away when they notice the first wart, just to avoid more complicated treatment later.

Causes of Warts and Tips How to Manage them.

The Main Causes of Warts.

causes-of-warts-HPVThe only cause for warts is Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). Up until now there more than 100 different strains of this virus identified. Since this virus is so easily passed between people, having warts is a very common issue. They can be also spread from one part of your body to another, which makes them even more contagious. Since they tend appear and grow quite slowly it makes it really difficult to know where you actually got them from. According to statistics up to 10% of all people have this condition. It is more common to get warts for younger people and children. This is because they tend to have way more skin contact with other children and their immune system is not that strong as adults. The most common body areas to get warts on are either face (men) or legs (women) due to shaving, since it causes small cuts or breakage of skin.

It is thought that the chances to get HPV increase highly when a person’s immune system is weaker. It can usually happen due to other diseases or usage of other strong medication. So making sure you have a strong immune system can help to reduce the chance of this virus greatly.

Different types of warts usually tend to spread in different ways. For example plane, common and plantar warts can be easily gotten by even small cuts in your skin. Nevertheless it is possible to get this virus even though you don’t have any noticeable cuts on your skin. Sometimes it is even enough to have softened skin due to long exposure to water.

In case of genital warts, they are spread during sexual contract. Although it is more common to get this virus during vaginal and anal sex it might happen during oral sex too. In case of genital warts there is a possibility to get HPV vaccine, which can help to prevent getting this virus. Furthermore the usage of preservative can greatly reduce the chances of getting this condition. Although quite commonly genital HPV can go away without any treatment, sometimes it causes warts and in rare cases even cancer.

There is not much you can do to totally avoid acquiring warts; however there are quite a lot precautions and tips to follow that can help to reduce the risk of getting them. Bellow you can find some suggestions and tips that you should follow.

Useful tips for managing Warts.

  • If you have warts yourself and don’t want to spread them to your family members it might be a good idea to cover them with a bandage or tape to avoid possible contact. This can also help to avoiding warts from spreading to other parts of your body too.
  • Wash your hands as often as you can and more importantly after you touch a wart.
  • Do not have sexual relations with people who you know have genital warts or if you do at least use a condom, which greatly reduces the chance of getting HPV.
  • Always wear slippers or some sort of shower shoes when you are in public places such as swimming pools or locker rooms.
  • Some people have a bad habit of biting their nails. It might be a good idea to avoid this since it can highly increase the chance of getting Periungual warts.
  • If you have warts you shouldn’t shave the affected area and skin around them, since it can increase the chance of them spreading further.
  • In case you have warts near your nails it might be a good idea to use a separate nail clipper to avoid spreading it to other healthy nails.
  • Scratching or picking on a wart can also highly increase the chance of it spreading to other parts of your body. To avoid this it might be a good idea to cover it with something so that you would be less likely to touch it.
  • Since warts can also spread through items it might be a good idea to use separate towels, clothes from a person who has them.
  • Do not touch other people warts and if you do that by accident wash your hands afterwards.
  • In case you have warts and want to go to swimming pool or similar place you should cover them with something that is waterproof (plaster). There are also special socks available to buy in pharmacies which will cover your foots. This will reduce the chance of spreading them to other people.
  • In case you have warts on your foot you should wear cotton socks and change them on a daily bases. Keeping warts on your foot dry will also reduce the chance of them spreading further.
  • If you have diabetes you shouldn’t try to remove warts on your own and should consult with a doctor prior. This also applies to warts that are either in genital or face area.

How to Get Rid of Warts.

1. Salicylic Acid.

salicylic-acidSalicylic acid is among the most effective ways how you can get rid of warts. However it is important to mention that salicylic acid in higher concentrations shouldn’t be used on warts that appear on more sensitive skin. This includes both facial area and genital warts. The main reason why this acid works well on warts is because it is able to burn off the top layer of a wart. When this happens your immune system is able to recognize a wart and starts to fight HPV, which will help to clear from this virus too. Depending on the concentration of this acid it can take up to 3 months to completely get rid of a wart. In order to get even faster results salicylic acid can be used in combination with freezing, which will greatly speed up removal.

2. Freezing.

Freezing, which is also referred to as cryotherapy, is quite a common way how many people are able remove warts. Usually this treatment is done by a doctor using liquid nitrogen. When this liquid is applied directly on a wart it is able to break down the tissue of a wart. In most cases to fully remove a wart there might be necessary to get up to 6 treatments like this. Each session of freezing is usually done with breaks of one or two weeks, so it might take even a month or two to fully get rid of a wart. This type of treatment is not advised for people who tend to have poor blood circulation and also for children. Also freezing might be a bit painful and if applied not carefully might result in scars in surrounding skin.

3. OTC Wart Removers.

The other way to get rid of warts is to use over the counter treatments. Since warts are huge issue for many people there are also many OTC remedies created in order to safely remove warts. Some of them are more effective while others don’t work that well, so before choosing a particular brand you should always check the label of wart remover. It is important to make sure that the components included in formulation are actually efficient for treating warts. Some of the ingredients that are proven to work well on wart treatment are salicylic acid, apple cider vinegar, tea tree oil and garlic. Additionally it is always worthwhile to check company reputation and user testimonials, which will allow you to evaluate better what results to expect.

4. Try a Few Natural Home Remedies.

There are also quite a lot of home remedies that you can try in order to get rid of warts. While there is usually not much scientific logic why certain remedies actually work, but usually people get quite results with them. Some of the most popular home remedies that you can try for wart removal are banana peel, potatoes, garlic and vitamin C. Using a duct tape is one of the most effective and quite simple home remedy that can help to remove warts. To use this method you should could a piece of duct tape and put it on a wart. A tape should not cover a surrounding skin, because it might cause irritation on healthy skin. It is best to use a grey duct since it was used in studies and showed better success rate than white one. Usually this treatment might take up to two months in order to eliminate a wart completely. Read this article on home remedies for wart treatment if you are interested in finding out more about them and how to use them correctly to get the best possible results.

5. Enhance Immune System.

immune-system-wartsThe other way to get rid of warts is to boost your immune system. This method can help to treat all types of warts; however it might also take quite a lot of time and effort to improve your body’s defense mechanism. The reason why it can work is because when your body has stronger immune system it will be able to fight HPV on its own. Some of the most efficient ways to enchase immune system is to eat a healthy diet that would provide your body with all essential nutrients, vitamins and antioxidants, start exercising regularly, increase your intake of water, try to reduce stress, follow good hygiene habits and sleep more. For people who want to increase immune system faster should visit their doctor and get injected with medicine that stimulates immune system.

In case the treatments mentioned in this article sound not appealing to you or they didn’t seem to work for you previously there is always an option to visit your doctor and seek an advice on other possible treatments. You doctor can suggest to remove warts surgically or use a laser on warts that are bigger in size or when other treatments simply doesn’t work.

What are Warts.

What are Warts?

Warts can appear in different parts of our bodies and also in different sizes and shapes. The appearance differs depending on the type of wart you have so they can be flat and with a soft surface or lump with a harsh surface. It is easy to recognize plantar and common warts since they have a small dot on the top of a wart. This dot is actually a blood vessel, which is aimed at supplying a wart with blood. Even though they might appear on any part of the body in most cases they show up on feet, hands and fingers.

Appearance-WartsThe one good thing about warts is that they usually don’t cause any pain or discomfort. This is however not the case with plantar warts, which appear on the back of the foot. Due to constant pressure these types of warts cause pain and in severe cases it can even become quite difficult to walk. Also warts that appear on your fingers can cause a slight discomfort when you touch surrounding items. In rare cases warts can cause itchiness and bleeding. When people tend to scratch warts they might get infected and as a result warts become red in color and hot. So it is very important to abstain from picking and scratching them to avoid further complications.

It is important not to confuse warts with moles, since they are not the same thing. The main difference between these two is that warts are smaller in size and they appear in the same color as your skin. On the contrary moles can get quite big in size and also they are usually in a darker color than your skin.

The Main Cause of Warts.

causes-of-warts-HPVAll types of warts are caused by different kinds of Human Papilloma Virus. This virus infects the first layer of the skin (keratin), which starts to grow rapidly and then forms a wart. In most cases the HPV enters the skin in areas of broken skin; however it is even possible to get this virus without any broken spots on the skin. For instance you can even get this virus when you get in the contact with some rough surfaces or when your skin is wet. For this reason it is recommended to always wear slippers while walking in public swimming pools.

Are Warts Contagious?

Yes, warts are contagious and they can be passed to other people or even spread to other parts of your own body. You can pass this virus to other person by sharing personal hygiene items such as razors, towels and etc. Furthermore it can be passed to other people by direct skin to skin contact; however it is important to mention that it needs to be a very close contact. The chances of passing this virus increase highly when the other person has some cuts or damaged spots on the skin. Since usually warts take quite a lot of time to properly grow and develop the other person can notice that he or she got this virus only after a few months. Due to this it is usually quite difficult to know where you might have gotten this virus from. As it was mentioned before warts can be spread from one part of your body to the other too. Usually this happens when you tend to scratch or bite warts and then touch other parts of your body without washing your hands.

Genital warts caused by HPV are also considered to be highly contagious. HPV can be passed to a sex partner during anal, vaginal and even oral sex. Quite commonly an infected partner might not have any signs or symptoms of this virus and further spread it to other partners. The other thing to know is that warts on genital area can appear months or even years after a person was infected with this virus or they might not appear at all.

It is thought that immune system plays a major role on how susceptible you are to HPV. For instance if you have a strong immune system and you come into contact with HPV your are less likely to get this virus and vice versa. Additionally when you have a week immune system there is a higher chance that warts will spread to other parts of your body too.