A wart is identified by a small, rough growth resembling a cauliflower or a solid blister. Often seen on an individual’s hands or feet, they can occur in other locations. Warts, although embarrassing and painful, are mostly harmless and are caused by human papillomavirus (HPV). They are contagious and easily spread to other parts of the body and to others also. Sometimes, they occur around the genitals. In women, genital warts can lead to cervical cancer.
Warts typically are asymptomatic except when they occur on weight-bearing areas. Depending on the location of the warts, five major types of warts include common warts, plantar warts, flat warts, filiform warts, and periungual warts.
In case warts appear around sensitive areas of the body like genitals, mouth, nostrils or, if any signs of bleeding, infection in the form of pus are observed, see a doctor immediately.
In case diabetes is present, take extra precaution when dealing with warts. Always observe proper sanitation of hands and feet and other parts of body and don’t pick at your warts. Surgery may be preferred to remove the warts as a last option.
Homeopathy has some very effective treatments for warts. They build immunity to the HPV and effectively reduce the warts over time. Consult our homeopaths at Positive Homeopathy for a thorough treatment of warts.
If left untreated, warts can grow to an inch or more in circumference and can spread into clusters of several warts; these are often called mosaic warts. Like any other infectious lesion, plantar warts are spread by touching, scratching, or even by contact with skin shed from another wart.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where do warts come from?
A wart is a skin growth caused by some types of the virus called the human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV infects the top layer of skin, usually entering the body in an area of broken skin. The virus causes the top layer of skin to grow rapidly, forming a wart. Most warts go away on their own within months or years.
What is the cause of warts on feet?
Plantar warts are caused by an infection with HPV in the outer layer of skin on the soles of your feet.HPV is very common, and more than 100 kinds of the virus exist. But only a few of them cause warts on the feet. Other types of HPV are more likely to cause warts on other areas of your skin or on mucous membranes.