Wart is a very common problem.
We are all predisposed to suffer from this condition and not know how to get rid of it.
So we’ll see here where the wart comes from and how to treat it medically and naturally.
What is a wart?
Warts are epidermal tumors caused by a virus, specifically the HPV virus, the human papillomavirus, which infects the skin.
There are hundreds of strains of this virus, but most do not cause any health problems.
In fact, most common warts tend to go away without treatment within about two years.
The different types of warts
There are five categories of warts:
- the common wart : often located on the fingers of the hand, it is a lump the color of the skin.
- the soft wart : it is indeed soft, smooth, its outlines are irregular and its color turns yellow or brown.
- the flat wart : often located on the forehead, fingers or hands, it is slightly protruding and dark pink.
- the plantar wart : it is painful and hinders walking because it is located on the sole of the foot.
- the filiform wart : often located on the face, mouth, neck, it looks the same than the common wart.
Conventional wart treatment
Of course, waiting two years for it to disappear can seem a bit long, especially if it’s misplaced or unsightly.
Let’s see what medical treatments can be applied to solve the problem.
Cryotherapy practiced by a specialist is the application of liquid nitrogen intended to destroy the wart by an extremely cold temperature (-196 °C).
This method can be successful if the wart is not too large.
It should be noted that it is painful and does not guarantee a definitive result, causing multiple sessions if the wart is deep.
It can also damage healthy tissue.
In this case, the doctor uses a carbon dioxide laser to destroy the wart.
This method is very effective but tends to leave a scar.
It is therefore preferred for the treatment of plantar warts.
Curettage is surgery.
Performed under local anesthesia, it consists of manually removing the wart by scraping.
This method is for large warts and cannot be applied in certain areas of the body.
It is also painful after surgery and leaves a scar in its location.
- Photodynamic therapy
This new treatment involves brushing the wart with a photosensitizing substance before exposing it to light.
Widely used in skin oncology, photodynamic therapy seems to show a positive effect in the treatment of recalcitrant warts.
* Note that all of these techniques only deal with the consequence and not the cause. Warts being generated by a viral attack are therefore likely to recur sooner or later.
Treating warts at home
- The classic wart remover
Anti-wart treatments containing salicylic acid are very easily found in pharmacies.
Its role is to gradually strip the surface layers of the skin to finally eliminate the growth while stimulating the immune system.
It can be interesting to make it regress but there too, the danger is to touch healthy tissue and damage the skin.
- Cryotherapy at home
Cryotherapy treatments (in the form of application pen) can be found in pharmacies to freeze the heart of the wart.
These products can help treat common warts but it must be said that they often reach their limit in comparison to the liquid nitrogen of professionals of health.
Warts: natural remedies
Against wart, all means are good!
Some natural remedies may seem crazy, but very often they are effective.
Don’t stop at the absurd, you might be very amazed at the results.
- Duct tape
Absurd, maybe. Effective, surely.
Instead of throwing yourself at the chemicals, maybe it is smart to try occlusion.
Applying a preferably dark adhesive cut to the size of the wart and wearing it continuously for 6 days will suffocate it.
On the seventh day, remove the adhesive, soak the wart in lukewarm water and then scrape it with a pumice stone.
Apply new adhesive for day and night then repeat in the morning.
And so on until complete disappearance (usually a month)
Strangely, this method has been studied and has shown superior results to cryotherapy at home and equal to salicylic acid!
Absurd again but not that much.
Bananas contain a lot of potassium and this substance will help to gradually burn off the wart without damaging healthy skin and without leaving scars.
To treat, you need to peel the banana, collect the skin to use the inner part and place it on the wart.
Keep that banana peel as a bandage overnight.
It is recommended to choose a barely ripe banana or better still green to benefit from its virtues.
- Greater celandine
Also known as warts grass, this little spring plant with yellow flowers that can be found everywhere in abandoned areas is formidably efficient.
It has a pickling action due to a very irritating juice that follows the same process as salicylic acid.
If you find any at the bottom of your garden, you just need to break a branch of the plant to collect the juice and apply it to the wart 2 to 3 times a day until its disappearance.
You can also use the celandine extract to simplify the treatment.
- Bicarbonate – Castor oil
Still absurd but terribly effective.
Make a fairly consistent paste by mixing a teaspoon of baking soda with a teaspoon of castor oil.
Before applying this paste to the wart, scrape it a little with a pumice stone to remove the dead skin.
Once applied, this solution will directly attack the virus.
The baking soda will modify the pH and thus prevent the proliferation of the virus while the castor oil will suffocate the wart.
In a few days, the infection is stopped, the growth decreases and the skin begins to heal.
Eventually the wart falls off without any pain.
Strengthen your immune system
The key to fighting warts and preventing recurrence is to strengthen your immune system to counter viral attacks.
It is not that easy to improve your immunity, but some supplements can improve it greatly.
Here are the most effective:
- Vitamin D
The natural vitamin D is an essential nutrient for the immune system.
It increases the protective effect of macrophages and monocytes, the white blood cells which are an essential part of immunity.
It also decreases inflammation by strengthening the immune response.
Consider supplementation between 1000 and 4000IU per day.
If you want to know more, you will find here a complete guide on vitamin D.
Zinc is a mineral found in many supplements to boost immunity.
It is essential for the immune system.
It is involved in the development and communication of cells and plays a crucial role in the inflammatory response.
A zinc deficiency greatly affects your immune protection, increasing the risk of infections and diseases, especially respiratory diseases.
The recommended daily allowance is 11mg for men and pregnant women, 8mg for women.
- Vitamin C
Of course, vitamin C is the most famous supplement when it comes to immunity.
It supports the function of many cells and increases their effectiveness in preventing infections.
It also plays a key role in cell renewal.
Vitamin C is also a powerful antioxidant, effectively protecting against damage caused by oxidative stress, the build-up of free radicals.
A minimum of 110mg per day is recommended.
Favor vitamin C liposomal for better absorption.
Curcumin is the active component of turmeric.
It has very interesting anti-inflammatory properties and helps strengthen the immune system.
The recommended daily dosage is 600 to 1200mg in three doses.
Prefer the active form for a better absorption.
Wart is contagious
Since the wart is a viral attack, remember that there is a risk of contagion through surfaces or by direct contact with the skin.
It is even more when wet or bleeding.
How to control wart
Typically, the wart is benign. However, there are cases where surveillance must be applied so as not to miss a more serious concern.
We will closely follow the evolution of the soft wart which tends to yellow or brown and which can turn into a malignant tumor.
These are the symptoms to note:
- if the wart gets too big
- if it bleeds
- if it changes shape
Other than these direct modifications, it is not recommended to attempt to treat a wart on the face or genitals yourself.
Take a medical opinion and opt instead for the follow-up of a dermatologist.
Warts are benign but often unsightly viral conditions.
They can be treated medically or even surgically depending on their size and depth.
They can also be treated at home with chemicals or even naturally.
Most likely to be found in a somewhat weakened immune system which allows common infections to pass.
It is therefore desirable to act on both fronts, the outgrowth itself and the immunity, to get rid of it permanently.
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