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.
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.
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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.