Common sense tells us that warts certainly affect our appearance and sometimes can be embarrassing, such as one which grow just beneath an eye, which resembles a mote and can be mistaken as one. Doctors say they grow singly or in clusters in the head, face, neck, hands, knees, and feet, especially as one grows old.
They say they may have rough or smooth surface, that warts on hands or soles of the feet may appear level rather than raised. Sometimes, they cause unbearable itching during the night that may rob you of the much-needed sleep, they said. Dermatologsts say verrucas is the scientific term for warts located on the feet which are sometimes painful, itchy, and may bleed.
What causes warts? Askdrsearscom says “warts are caused by a virus that invades the skin cells and causes the skin cells to grow abnormally.”
While goaskalice.columba.edu says, “Genital warts are caused by the Human Papillomavirus (HPV), which is spread through skin to skin contact, including genital, oral, and anal sexual contact.” Dermatologists generally believed these unlikely skin growth can cause itching, pain and discomfort.
Self-treatment of Warts
Webmd.com said that you may treat your warts yourself, but advised that those with weak immune system or diabetics should not treat warts themselves. It recommends that you consult your doctor about the issue and follow instead his advise. Further, it said that self or home treatment of warts implies that you avail of the so-called over-the-counter medication that usually comes in ointment form, pad, gel or liquid. These medications soften abnormal skin cells and dissolve them because of salicylic acid that are contain in them. Occlusal HP, Duofilm and Compound W are some typical example, it said.
Webmd.com gives the instruction herewith below:
“First, soak the wart in water for five minutes to help the medication penetrate the skin. Then gently rub off dead skin cells with a washcloth or pumice stone. These compounds require daily treatment, often for at least several weeks. You should not reuse the same washcloth or pumice stone or you may keep reinfecting yourself with the wart virus. After applying the over-the-counter salicylic acid treatment, the area should be covered with a piece of duct tape. This will help to both adhere and penetrate the salicylic acid into the skin.”
Wart Treatment by Doctor
Webmd.com said that if over-the-counter treatment fails, your doctor can remove a wart by:
Freezing it with liquid nitrogen.
Burning it off with an electric needle or a laser.
Applying acids to help destroy the wart.
Injecting a drug called bleomycin into the wart (which kills the virus), used for severe cases.
Injecting candida antigen to stimulate the body’s immune system to fight off the wart.
Prescribing a topical medication called imiquimod (Aldara), which improves your body’s fighting capabilities. This is mainly helpful for genital warts.
Doctors say warts will not get cured overnight. They advised for you to persist in applying the medication to get rid of these unsightly skin parasites which have bothered and sap your vitality for years. Dermatologists say that a wart may be cured with a single treatment but seldom happens. They say there is no treatment that has been proven to be more effective than the over-the-counter treatment with salicylic acid and duct tape. Very often, they say your doctor will do a treatment in the clinic while you continue to do your part following up the remedy at home to totally cleanse your body of the viral parasites- the WARTS.
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Graduated BSEic teaching course; Teach public schools elementary grades 1964-1974; Municipal Local Government Operations Officers IV, DILG, Oct. 4, 1974- jan, 1, 2002 (retired); Writing online 2003 to present.