Easy ways to prevent and treat warts

Easy ways to prevent and treat warts

Warts, which are small rough skin growths that can appear on any part of the body, are caused by a family of contagious viruses called Human Papilloma Viruses. The virus usually enters the body through broken skin and causes the skin to grow rapidly, resulting in warts. Warts are, for the most part harmless, and will usually heal on their own over a period of months, but there are ways to speed up healing.
If warts are troublesome, one can use many remedies to speed up their healing. There are several ways to treat warts. Many effective treatments can be purchased from a pharmacy without a prescription. Others may require a visit to the doctor.

Treating warts

Salicylic acid is one of the most effective and most used medications to treat warts. Many products containing salicylic acid can be purchased from a drugstore without a prescription. The solution or pad containing the medication is applied to the affected area, and the wart is then abraded away by using a tool such as an emery board or pumice stone. This method has the benefit of being one of the most easily accessible.

Cryotherapy is another reliable method of treating warts. There are products readily available in drugstores, and there is also a quick cryotherapy procedure that can be done by a dermatologist. In both instances, a chemical solution is used to freeze the wart, creating a blister between the skin and the wart. Eventually, the wart will painlessly fall off on its own.

Duct tape is also a common household remedy used to treat warts. Using this method, one covers the affected area with duct tape in order to promote healing. While this method is relatively inexpensive, its effectiveness has not been clinically proven.

Laser treatment is also effective, though it is often more painful and expensive than other options. Some types of laser treatment can leave scarring and require local anesthetic.


Preventing Warts

Because warts are caused by viruses which are easy to spread, most methods of prevention focus on limiting potential contact with the virus or surfaces which may contain the virus. There are a few simple techniques that can prevent you from contracting the virus in the first place and can stop the spread of the virus from one part of your body to another.

Simple precautions such as avoiding skin to skin contact with visible warts on your skin or on others’ skin can reduce the transmission of warts. Similarly, do not share personal hygiene items such as socks, towels and razors with other people. Wear shower shoes in moist shared areas such as public pools and showers. Warm moist areas are perfect breeding grounds for the the virus that causes warts.

If you do have a wart, you can prevent further spreading it by keeping it covered with bandages or athletic tape.

Although they may appear unsightly, it is important to remember that warts are, for the most part, harmless. Fortunately, it is not difficult to prevent getting a wart, and it is not difficult to treat them.