Recommendations on Removing of Warts and Their Effective Treatment

Published: 27th June 2012
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Warts are small and hard growths common in many people and are usually caused by a virus. The best way of removing of warts is visiting a dermatologist for professional treatment. However, many people cannot afford a procedure like this and are looking for possible alternatives to remove them on their own.

Types Of Warts

As there are several types of warts, each of them requires different treatment. Knowing how to identify the wart you have, you will be able to decide what treatment to undergo. There exist 6 types of warts a person may have:

common warts (verruca vulgaris) are raised with roughened surface and are usually found on hands and knees;
plantar warts (verruca pedis) are hard and painful lumps that have lots of black specks and can be found on the soles of feet;
mosaic warts are tightly clustered plantar-type warts that can be either on hands or on the soles of feet;
flat warts (verruca plana) are small and smooth flattened. They are flesh or tan colored and usually occur in large numbers on face, hands, knees and wrists;
filiform (digitate) warts are finger- or thread-like. These warts spread all over the face, near lips and eyelids;
genital warts affect the genital areas.

Options of Effective Warts Treatment

In order to remove warts at home, many patients use an aerosol that delivers freezing chemicals to the raised area. These chemicals cause warts to freeze and fall off. If you are about to use the same method, you need to know about the main drawback of the procedure: it is too expensive and the efficiency greatly depends on the quality of aerosolís ingredients.

One of the most important things you are to remember is that only a medical professional can prescribe a proper treatment course, relying on your medical condition, possible allergic reaction and the type of warts, of course.

Usually a doctor can prescribe keratolysis, which is the removal of dead surface skin cells with the use of salicylic acid, immune system modifiers and blistering agents. One more effective method is cryosurgery that involves freezing the wart with liquid nitrogen. After that the wart and the surrounding dead skin falls off.

Imiquimod is a topical cream that can help the immune system fight the warts, encouraging interferon production, and Cantharidin is a chemical found in the members of the beetle Meloidae that causes dermal blistering.

Though there are many treatments, neither of them is effective if used only once. The thing is that warts may return after the skin has healed from treatment. In cases of repeated treatment warts will disappear.

Periungual Warts and Their Complications

There are many factors that contribute to the development of these warts. When the virus penetrates the skin through a scratch or a wound, it multiplies and extends to other parts of the body. According to the latest researches, these warts can spread through direct skin contacts and friction exposure.

Usually warts cannot advance life threatening issues, but their influence can depend on their position in the body and side effects (like itching, for example). Warts, especially periungual ones, are vivid examples of irritating infections that extend to the nail.

To treat these warts, many doctors recommend using laser surgery. The procedure has its own benefits and drawbacks. Though laser treatment is the most expensive remedy to remove these warts, it is also the most effective one.

Removing of warts is far not that successful in case of folk remedies use. Though some of them may appear to be effective, the effect is gradual and takes several weeks. In any case, the treatment of warts is necessary regardless of whether this is a cosmetic or much more dangerous problem.

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