types of warts
Warts are benign (non-cancerous) skin growths that appear when the virus infects the top layer of the skin. Warts are caused by Human Papilloma Virus. Children and young adults are more prone to develop warts. Warts are generally painless. People who share same towels, infected sexual partners, new-born – through infected birth canal, contact with infected hands are the common mode of transmission of the virus. Though largely harmless, warts can be quite disfiguring at times which is a source of cosmetic and social embarrassment. Warts may appear as small, flat smooth lesions and sometimes as rough, hard growths on the skin. Warts are generally skin colored, though they can be darker or lighter than one’s skin color. Warts may occur one at a time or in clusters. Although warts can occur in any part of the body, the most frequently affected areas include the hands, feet, genitals, face and neck. Your doctor will be able to diagnose and recognize a wart easily.
There are several types of warts. Some common variants are:
- Flat warts (small and only slightly raised above the skin)
- Filiform warts (long, narrow, filamentous)
- Plantar warts (Painful variety that occur on the soles)
- Genital warts or condyloma (Highly contagious; sexually transmitted variety of warts)
Genital warts are growths in and around the genital area i.e. the vagina, penis and rectum. They usually affect sexually active people mostly between the age of 19 and 30. People who have multiple sexual partners and a history of sexually transmitted diseases are the most vulnerable. They can spread through any type of sexual contact including oral sex. They can also spread from a lady to her foetus when the baby is passing through the birth canal while giving birth.
Role of homeopathic medicine for warts
Homeopathic treatment is found to be more effective in treating warts than conventional methods of treatment which are generally painful and cause blister formation, have higher recurring rate and cause scarring of the skin. Homeopathic medicine for warts helps in painless removal of warts through natural medicine. It heals warts without scarring. Homeopathic medicine is patient specific so it given after detailed case study of the patient. Homeopathic medicine helps to prevent recurrence of the disease by improving the immunity of the body which helps the patient to build a strong body defense system. It helps the patient deal with social embarrassment. Homeopathy improves the quality of life of the patient.
Self Care Tips
Avoid using common razors, towels and bath soaps.
Avoid picking at warts, since they spread more rapidly due to scratching.
Avoid shaving areas that have warts as it will help to avoid the spread of virus.
In case of children, cover warts with an adhesive bandage which will keep them from picking warts.
Children must be encouraged to wash their hands properly after they finish playing.
Keep the affected area dry since warts grow fast in a moist environment.
If you have accidentally touched someone else’s wart or even your own, wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water.
If you or your partner has genital warts, abstain from sexual activity since genital warts are highly contagious.