24 Home Remedies for Warts

Witches are usually depicted with a wart at the end of their nose, and you’ve certainly heard the old wives tale that claims you can catch a wart by touching a frog or toad. But witches didn’t get their warts from toads, and toads’ bumps aren’t actually warts. How, then, do people get warts?
Warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), and there are more than 60 varieties of it. You get a wart from coming into contact with the virus through skin-to-skin contact. You can get the virus from another person, via a handshake for example, or you can actually give one to yourself if you already have a wart. You can spread the wart virus to other parts of your body by scratching, touching, shaving, or even biting your nails. All it takes is a little break in the skin for the virus to enter the system.
In this article, we’ll discuss 24 home remedies for dealing with warts — from avoiding them to treating them. Some are as simple as making small diet changes; some involve seeing a doctor. But first: How do you know if you have a wart? Identification is the first step in treating a wart.
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Before you can attempt to get rid of your wart, you have to be sure that little bump actually is one. There are three common varieties — common, plantar, and flat — according to the American Academy of Dermatology.
Common warts are found in areas where the skin has been broken: where fingernails are bitten down to the quick or hangnails are picked until they bleed. Often, they look like they have little dots or seeds in them, which is why they’re frequently called “seed warts.” But what you see aren’t seeds; they’re merely dots produced by the blood vessel supplying the infected area. Common warts are:
Plantar warts do not stick above the surface the way common warts do. That’s because the pressure from walking pushes them back into the skin. Plantar warts are:
Flat warts are the smallest of the warts. Flat warts are:
There are dozens of other kinds of warts, as well as other problems that may look like warts. If you have any concerns, consult your physician. What looks warty to you could be something much more serious, such as a skin cancer.
A medical mystery also surrounds the fact that researchers have yet to find a way to get rid of warts for good. The solution may lie in developing a wart vaccine, but an approved, safe vaccine has yet to be developed. That leaves the wart sufferer with two options: Having a dermatologist treat the warts or trying a few methods on his or her own. As for home remedies, some people swear by certain tactics, while others never have any success with them. And it seems that in some cases, prevention may be the best medicine. In the next section, we’ll discuss home remedies to leave you wart-free.
This information is solely for informational purposes. IT IS NOT INTENDED TO PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. Neither the Editors of Consumer Guide (R), Publications International, Ltd.

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, the author nor publisher take responsibility for any possible consequences from any treatment, procedure, exercise, dietary modification, action or application of medication which results from reading or following the information contained in this information. The publication of this information does not constitute the practice of medicine, and this information does not replace the advice of your physician or other health care provider. Before undertaking any course of treatment, the reader must seek the advice of their physician or other health care provider.
The number of cases of genital warts is growing at a phenomenal rate, says the American Academy of Dermatology. The reason: Genital warts are extremely contagious. The usual mode of transmission is through sexual contact. It’s also possible for an infected woman to pass on the virus to her fetus during pregnancy or birth. The use of condoms can help protect against sexually transmitted diseases, including genital warts. Yet, many people still choose not to protect themselves, possibly because the threat seems remote — they simply can’t believe they are truly at risk. If you need additional incentive for using condoms, consider that certain strains of HPV have now been linked to cancer.

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Q & A With Beauty Expert Paula Begoun

Beauty expert, author and publisher Paula Begoun has performed extensive research on the cosmetics industry; she has just about seen it all ! from wrinkle-vanishing claims that don’t pan out, to “miracle” pills that fail to deliver what they promise.
Paula has appeared on a number of syndicated television programs and has written two ground-breaking books on the cosmetics industry: Don’t Go to the Cosmetic Counter Without Me (in its sixth printing from Beginning Press) and The Beauty Bible (Beginning Press), which is in its second edition. She is also the author of Blue Eye Shadow Should Be Illegal (Beginning Press), and who could disagree with that?
We asked Paula to share some of her findings on a variety of beauty beliefs.
Q:??What made you decide to pursue the truth about beauty products?
A:??It’s an interesting premise to take on the cosmetics industry. It’s the notion of giving critical feedback and providing information that the cosmetic companies and the fashion magazines don’t have any reason to tell you. I think that there is very little [critical feedback] ! whether it’s in the dermatology part of it [the industry] or the plastic surgery part of it or the cosmetic part of it ! there is very little analytical or critical aspect to it . Dermatologists aren’t critical of themselves, and plastic surgeons aren’t critical of themselves, and Lord knows the fashion magazines and the cosmetics industry can’t be critical of the cosmetics world. So you are inundated by all of this “latest and the greatest” and “oh, look at this and look at that,” and then if you stand back and take a look, you end up not seeing the forest for the trees, so to speak.
Q:??What is in your background that makes you qualified to write on the subject of cosmetics?
A:??Education-wise, I had a science background in college, but I was a makeup artist and an aesthetician for several years and owned my own cosmetic stores. In the late ’70s and ’80s, my take on the industry was, “If astringents could close pores, we’d have negative pores,” and “If wrinkle creams got rid of wrinkles, then we wouldn’t have wrinkles,” and they [the cosmetic companies] wouldn’t have to keep launching them because the last one would have worked. Then I started doing beauty reports for KIRO-TV and became a reporter and got out of the business of beauty. What I learned as a reporter led me to write a book in 1984 called Blue Eye Shadow Should Be Illegal (Beginning Press). With the demand from readers and the number of books I sold, I kept writing about the cosmetics industry. I have spent the past 20 years researching the cosmetics industry. Interviewing cosmetic chemists, dermatologists, oncologists and reading journals and studies. So basically I do what a reporter does: find out if this ingredient is good, what is the research that says it is? Are they making it up? Is there research on it? I even take chemistry classes to keep myself up to date. But mostly I accumulate the information from many sources and put it together to form an opinion.
Q:??In your book, you say it’s OK to squeeze blemishes? Isn’t that bad advice?
A:??If you are a dermatologist or an aesthetician, you can do it. Because we all know the reason we do it: When you remove the swelling and the stuff that is causing the swelling inside the blemish, it goes down. We wouldn’t do it if it didn’t make it better. The key is to do it gently without damaging the skin. There is an edema in there ! a cystic sac that has grown up around the contents ! and that makes it feel like there is still something there; we are not patient. You can’t push the whole thing out by continuing to squeeze. And then we don’t disinfect afterward. You should use benzoperoxide or salicylic acid. There are many products on the market that contain those ingredients. Then we don’t wash gently, and we scrub, which causes scabs. When you cause scabs, you’re going to get scars.
Q:??Next, we asked Paula to play a sort of word association with us. Read on to get the skinny on the following products:
A:??The Product: Moisturizers
The Truth: We believe they can get rid of wrinkles. The second thing we believe is that dry skin and wrinkles are associated. So if you don’t use a moisturizer and you don’t use it religiously, you are doing something to cause wrinkles. The wrinkling process is unrelated to the dry state of your skin. I can’t think of a bigger myth. If wrinkles were caused by dry skin, then 10-year-old kids with dry skin would have wrinkles. The major cause of wrinkles is sun exposure (about 70 percent), and genetics can play a role as well. So we focus on moisturizers instead of sun protection. I think there are some good moisturizers, but it’s a myth to think that they can get rid of wrinkles. Also, when it comes to moisturizers, we think expensive is better. And we don’t look for sunscreens for use during the day. There is nothing about a $50-100 moisturizer that makes it better than a $20-$30 one. But if the one you’re using doesn’t contain a sunscreen, then you’re doing nothing to prevent wrinkles. At night it’s fine [to use a moisturizer], and there are many wonderful moisturizers with antioxidants and all kinds of anti-inflammatories; some really beautiful formulations. But wearing them during the day without a sunscreen is useless.
The Product: Exfoliates
The Truth: The bottom line is that for most skin types exfoliation is a good thing. No question about it. Dead skin cells make your skin feel rough, and if you are over the age of 20 (given the number of adults who have sun damage, clogged pores and dry skin), you would most likely benefit from exfoliation. There are two types of exfoliates : mechanical (or manual) exfoliation, and alphahydroxy acids and betahydroxy acids. The former you have to manually move around your face. They are pretty much ’80s-style exfoliates. I think that form of exfoliation is dated, and I don’t think there is anything in a scrub that can’t be replaced by a washcloth. What does make a difference is a well-formulated betahydroxy or alphahydroxy product. There aren’t many of them around because they are tricky to make and there is a risk of irritation. But much of the objective research out there suggests that exfoliation is good for most skin types.
The Product: Foundation
The Truth: We often wear the wrong color. Your foundation should match your skin exactly. What you have to do is keep looking until you find the right one. Take the time to look in the daylight, instead of trusting the lighting in the department store. Stay with the one that matches your skin color, because across the board ! for all skin colors ! foundations colors have improved dramatically.
The Product : Eye Color
The Truth: I think the biggest mistake I see is that women forget what they are dressing for, so one of the things on the market is these intense, strange-colored eye shadows or very shiny iridescent eye colors. The problem with wearing those is that if you are not wearing iridescent clothing for daytime, why are you wearing iridescent eye shadows, with glitter spilling all over the place? So what I often see women doing is forgetting what makeup is for. Makeup ! by my definition and how I write ! is about empowering women

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; making women more beautiful. And part of being beautiful is being appropriate. Going to the gym in 4-inch high heels doesn’t make sense. By the same token, if what you are wearing to work is a business suit, in a conservative environment, why would you wear iridescent, bizarre colors that don’t go with your outfit?

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, then you’re obviously not a fan of the high-heeled shoe. Fashionistas everywhere spend outrageous amounts of money on stylish heels. Many women say you can’t have too many pairs of shoes. High heels make you look taller and give the illusion of longer, slimmer legs. Plus, many people simply find them fashionable.
Lest you think that high heels are only for the ladies, though, we’d like to point out that high heels actually started with men! Back in 9th century Persia, men wore shoes with a high heel and sloped pitch for riding horses. In the early 1700s, France’s King Louis XIV tottered around in 5-inch heels.
During the Renaissance period, women wore platform heels — some up to?8 inches high — in order to illustrate their wealth and standing in the community. Heels became mostly a fashion statement for women after that. However, the 1970s ushered in another era of platform shoes, and this time many men jumped on the bandwagon. Think John Travolta in “Saturday Night Fever.”
Today, thanks in part to the TV series “Sex and the City,” sky-high heels and stilettos are back in style (really, though, did they ever leave?). However, style does come with a price. Medical professionals say that high-heeled shoes not only constrict your foot and toes, but also put increased weight on that constricted area because of the forward pitch of the shoe. High heels can aggravate bunions, trigger corns, calluses and hammertoe — and can even cause stress fractures in some women’s feet. Doctors don’t recommend women wear high heels on a regular basis for these reasons.
Those problems are all more long-term, of course. Let’s talk about a more common issue. One of the everyday, frequent problems your high heels may cause are blisters. While not terribly serious, blisters can be quite painful and more than a little annoying. They take a while to heal and sometimes become infected. Your stylish shoes aren’t quite so stylish with a bloody Band-Aid hanging out of the back!
Don’t trade your gorgeous new heels for a pair of Crocs just yet, though. We have some great advice on how to avoid those pesky blisters. First up, we’ll talk a little bit about blisters and how they form.

Patrick Ewing

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Patrick Ewing, throughout his career, changed his basketball personality to an extent that few players do. At Georgetown University, where he averaged 15.3 points per game, Ewing was the “Hoya Destroya,” the shot-blocking ringleader of the most feared defense in college basketball history. Later, with the New York Knicks of the NBA, he became an offensive juggernaut, regarded by many as the best shooting center of all time. Yet the player who came into the professional ranks touted as the next Bill Russell never once made the NBA All-Defensive Team.
In his first decade with the Knicks, Ewing averaged 23.8 points per game, with a peak of 28.6 during the 1989-90 season. In December 1993, he surpassed Walt Frazier as the leading scorer in New York franchise history. A resolute rebounder, he averaged more than 10 boards a game for six consecutive seasons. In 1994, he led the Knicks into the NBA Finals for the first time in 21 years.
A 7’0”, 240-pound frame, fierce competitiveness, and a strong work ethic were keys to Ewing’s success. He played with chronic pain in his knees but seldom begged out of the lineup. He carried the woeful Knicks on his back for several seasons, improving his game yearly. He expanded his shooting range until he was nearly unstoppable with his favorite move: a spin from the left side to the baseline for a jump shot. And he remained one of the game’s most feared defenders, averaging nearly three blocked shots per game.
Born August 5, 1962, in Kingston, Jamaica, Ewing was brought to the United States by his parents in 1975 after members of his family had settled in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Introduced to basketball at age 13, Patrick shot to the top of college recruiters’ lists in just five years. His teams at Rindge & Latin High School suffered one loss in 75 games and won three state titles. Yet Ewing was no hero in the Boston area, particularly after he announced he was leaving the city to play at Georgetown.
Audacious and intimidating, Ewing and the Hoyas ruled college hoops from 1982-85, advancing to the NCAA championship game three times in four years. Against North Carolina in 1982, Ewing goaltended the Tar Heels’ first six shots; North Carolina won 63-62 on a jump shot by Michael Jordan in the waning seconds. In 1984, Georgetown throttled the University of Houston, featuring Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler, to win the championship

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. In 1985, the Hoyas again roared to the championship game, only to suffer a stunning defeat at the hands of Villanova. Ewing was named college Player of the Year as a senior.
NBA teams were so covetous of Ewing that the league introduced a draft-lottery system to discourage “tanking” of games. No longer would the team with the worst record be guaranteed the first draft choice. The Knicks, with the third-worst mark in the league, won the Ewing sweepstakes. But New York failed to become an instant contender with Ewing, as knee injuries sidelined him for 32 games and high-scoring forward Bernard King for the entire 1985-86 season. The Knicks finished in last place, but Ewing led all first-year players in scoring, rebounding, and minutes per game and won the Rookie of the Year Award. In his first four seasons, Ewing averaged 21.1 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 2.8 blocks and was a regular at the All-Star Game.
Ewing had his best season in 1989-90, finishing as the only NBA player in the top six in scoring, rebounding, blocked shots, and field-goal accuracy. He had a career-high 51 points in a game against the Boston Celtics, and during his career, he scored 2,347 points, eclipsing Richie Guerin’s club record. Four years later, after repeated disappointments in the playoffs, he took the Knicks to the precipice of a championship, only to be denied by Olajuwon and the Houston Rockets in Game 7 of the 1994 Finals. It would be Ewing’s last appearance in a title series.
One of the most complete pivotmen in college and professional history, Ewing retired in 2002 as one of the ten best centers of all time, and is a lock for Hall of Fame election in 2008.

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