Warts

December 22 22:06 2019 Print This Article

Warts are actually benign tumors of the epidermis caused by a virus. They can affect any area of the body, but are usually found on the fingers, hands, and feet. It is distributed with the full source and a small amount of documentation. Warts are usually painless with the exception of the warts on the soles of the feet. Warts are usually skin-colored and feel rough to the touch, but they can be dark, flat and smooth.

The appearance of a wart depends on where it is growing. They are generally harmless. However, warts can be disfiguring and embarrassing, and occasionally they itch or hurt (particularly on the feet). These are not the same warts commonly found on hands and feet. Children, especially teenagers, tend to be more susceptible to warts than adults; some people seem to be immune.

Plantar warts are a common skin infection on the bottom (plantar) side of your foot. Often warts disappear on their own, although it may take many months, or even years, for the warts to go away. Warts are usually painless with the exception of the warts on the soles of the feet. It is also possible for a variety of more serious lesions to appear on the foot, including malignant lesions such as carcinomas and melanomas.

There are many types of warts such as: comman warts, flat warts also called juvenile warts, plantar warts, filiform warts. Some human papillomavirus subtypes also cause cervical cancer and other more obscure types of wart-related cancers. Comman warts are often called “seed” warts because the blood vessels to the wart produce black dots that look like seeds. There are 60 or more types of HPV. Some types tend to cause warts on your skin. Treatment helps prevent common warts from spreading to other parts of your body or to other people.

Causes of Warts

The comman causes of Warts include the following:

  • Genital Warts (or condyloma) is a Transmitted Disease (STD) caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV).
  • Biting your nails can also cause warts to spread on your fingertips and around your nails.
  • Molluscum Contagiosum.
  • You can also get the wart virus by touching a towel or object used by someone who has the virus.
  • Warts usually spread through breaks in your skin, such as a hangnail or scrape.
  • Human papilloma virus.
  • Immune deficiency – may cause widespread development of warts.

Symptoms of Warts

Some sign and symptoms related to Warts are as follows:

  • Numerous small, smooth, flat (pinhead sized) lesions on forehead, cheeks, arms, or legs.
  • Rough, round, or oval lesions on soles of feet — flat to slightly raised — painful to pressure.
  • Small, fleshy, grainy bumps.
  • Flesh-colored, white, pink or tan.
  • A wart on the foot is called a “plantar wart.” It may be painful to walk on, as if stepping on a small rock in your shoe.
  • Warts on the palms or feet are often flat.
  • They are often found where the skin has been broken, such as near bitten fingernails or hangnails.
  • Warts can also affect the inside of the mouth, the genital area, or the rectal area.
  • Abnormally dark or light skin surrounding the lesion.

Treatment of Warts

Here is list of the methods for treating Warts:

  • Special cushions are available at drugstores for plantar warts. These pads help relieve any pressure and pain from the warts.
  • Lotions, plasters, and ointments sold at the store can sometimes be used to remove a wart. Only use these home treatments on older children.
  • Immunotherapy, done by injecting a substance that causes an allergic reaction, may also be considered by your doctor.
  • The doctor might recommend that you see a special skin doctor, called a dermatologist.
  • Treating a wart quickly is best. It will help prevent new ones from forming.
  • Stronger (prescription) medications may be required for removal of persistent warts.
  • Surgical removal or removal by freezing ( cryotherapy ), burning ( electrocautery ), or laser treatment may be needed.