Warts are common skin growths caused by a virus called human papillomavirus, or hpv. Warts can grow anywhere on your skin, but theyre most common on the hands and feet. Most warts are grey, brown, or skincolored rough bumps that may have little black dots on them. People often call these dots seeds, but they are actually small blood vessels. Other warts are smooth pink bumps, often occurring on the face.
Since warts are caused by a virus, they can sometimes spread from person to person, although this is uncommon. Since each persons immune system responds to the virus differently, not everyone who comes in contact with the virus develops warts. To prevent warts from spreading: Do not pick or scratch warts, or touch someone elses wart.
wash your hands after treating warts Wear flipflops in public showers and pool areas, and Keep warts on your feet dry, as moisture tends to allow warts to spread. Although most warts are painless and go away without treatment within 2 years, there are things you can do to help get rid of warts more quickly. Keep in mind, it is not possible to directly kill the wart virus.
Home treatments are intended to irritate or inflame the wart area so that your immune system will fight off the virus. Home treatment for warts is trial and error: what works for one person may not work for you. Always be consistent with your treatment. Follow these tips from dermatologists to treat common warts at home.
Apply a wart treatment product with salicylic acid to the wart. Available without prescription, this will help peel the wartridden skin and irritate the wart, which may trigger the immune system to respond. Before applying the product, soak the wart in warm water and then sand the wart with a disposable emery board. Use a new emery board each time you do this.
Keep in mind that it can take several months to see good results. Another option is to cover the wart with duct tape. Although studies conflict about whether this gets rid of warts, changing the tape every few days may peel away layers of the wartridden skin. To do this, first soak the wart in warm water and then sand it with an emery board. Afterwards, apply silver duct tape.
Remove and reapply the duct tape every 5 to 6 days until the wart is gone. Always stop any home treatment for warts if the skin around the wart is raw or bleeding. See a dermatologist if: you cannot get rid of the wart your wart hurts, itches, burns or bleeds you have many warts; or you have a wart on your face or genitals. Dermatologists can treat warts through prescription medications or inoffice procedures.
Remember, there is no cure for the wart virus, so warts can return at the same site or appear in a new spot at any time. See a boardcertified dermatologist if you have a skin growth and are unsure if its a wart or something else. Some skin cancers can look like warts. A dermatologist can properly diagnose the growth and discuss the best treatment options.