Jun 242014

Remove Warts with Duct Tape


Can you really remove warts with duct tape?

remove warts with duct tape - warts on handThere are a number of home cures for warts. Some of them may possibly work and others certainly will not.

There are numerous people who claim that you can remove warts with Duct Tape. As with most home cures the evidence for success is mainly anecdotal as there does not appear to be any firm scientific evidence to substantiate it.

There have been studies carried out to determine whether applying duct tape to the wart will actually remove it. In each case the results appear to be inconclusive. In the tests that were carried out some of the patients using the duct tape method did find that their warts did disappear. Others found that trying to remove warts with duct tape did not have any effect on their warts at all.

Remove Warts with Duct Tape – Method

Step 1. The first step is to thoroughly clean the wart and surrounding skin to remove all dirt and grease.

Step 2. Let the skin dry completely. It is essential that there is no moisture n the skin that can be trapped under the duct tape when it is applied. This will help to ensure that the duct tape adheres to the skin correctly. Trapped moisture may also irritate your skin.

Step 3. Cut a small square or regular grey duct tape that is just large enough to cover the wart. Press it down to make sure that you get good adhesion. It is essential that you use the normal grey duct tape as most people believe that this gives the best results.

Step4. To remove warts with duct tape the tape needs to be left in position for six days. If it falls off before this time simply cut another piece of tape and replace it. At the end of the six day period leave the tape off overnight. If your wart seems to be getting worse or there are signs that the tape is irritating your skin stop the ‘treatment’ immediately.

Step 5. Soak the wart with warm water. If the wart is on your hands or feet completely immerse them in a bowl of water. This will help to soften the skin.

Step 6. The next step is to ‘debride’ the wart. This simply involves scraping the wart with a pumice stone of emery board to remove any dead material. If the process becomes painful stop immediately.

Whatever you use for the debriding process should be thoroughly sterilised and if possible disposed of to prevent the virus being spread.

Step 7. Put a new piece of duct tape over the wart and repeat the process. Try not to touch the exposed wart whilst it is uncovered as the virus can be transmitted via your hands to other parts of your body.

Keep repeating the process until the wart disappears. If after two months the wart has not been cleared then consider using an alternative method or consult your doctor.


Remove Warts with Duct Tape – How does it work?

It is not entirely clear why the ‘duct tape occlusion therapy’ method should work. One theory is that the adhesive on the tape acts as an irritant which causes your body’s immune system to be activated to fight the virus.

The second theory suggests that it simply the fact that the wart is being starved from receiving surface oxygen that causes it to die.

Removing warts with duct tape can be a lengthy business. It can take anything up to two months for the treatment to work (if in fact it works at all). If you want to try to remove warts with duct tape it is always worth a try. There are however other methods and treatments that are likely to be more effective and will get quicker results.



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What are Warts, Moles and Skin Tags?


Warts, Moles and Skin Tags

Warts Moles and Skin Tags are extremely common. Although they all affect the skin there are fundamental differences between them.

What are Warts?

common wart - common wart removal treatmentsWarts can appear at any time and most people will have at least one during their lifetime. A wart is actually a viral infection that attacks the top layer of skin (the epidermis). The virus is spread from person to person by contact. This can be direct ‘skin to skin’ contact or by simply touching objects (such as door handles or computer keyboards for example) that have been used by someone who already has the infection.

There are over one hundred strains of the virus and different strains of the virus (human papillomavirus – or HPV for short). The type of virus you come into contact with will determine where the warts will appear. The virus will often enter the body via small cuts or scratches.

Warts are not considered serious and the majority of warts will eventually disappear of their own accord. Most people do however seek some form of wart removal treatment both to prevent them being spread and also for cosmetic reasons.

What are Moles?

Facial mole - Warts moles skin tagsMoles are generally benign and are usually of no consequence from a medical point of view. As a result removing a mole is usually a decision base on choice rather than necessity. Moles can either be present at birth or can develop at any stage during your life. Moles can appear practically anywhere on the body. Sometimes a mole that you have had since childhood may disappear when you get older. Unlike warts they are not viral neither are they contagious.

Moles usually appear as dark brown spots. They can however, less commonly, be red, blue tan, red or even black. Moles are referred to medically as ‘nevi’. Moles are more often than not completely harmless but can, in rare cases, can become cancerous.

Moles can be oval or round in shape and vary dramatically in size. A mole can be as small as a pin head or can cover a very large area. The average size of a mole is around about 6mm in diameter maximum.

The appearance of moles can vary. They can be flat or raised and can be wrinkled or smooth in texture. The appearance and colour of a mole can change over a period of time.

Moles are a result of cells in the skin (melanocytes) growing in either clumps or clusters surrounded by tissue.

Although the vast majority of moles pose no medical threat they can occasionally become cancerous. Moles that you have had from birth (congenital nevi) can increase the risk of you developing a malignant melanoma (a type of skin cancer)

You may also be at increased risk of developing malignant melanoma if you have a mole (or moles) that are described as being ‘atypical’.

An ‘atypical mole’ (dysplastic nevi) is a mole that is larger than about 6mm and is irregular in shape. These types of mole are commonly hereditary. An atypical mole will often have a dark centre surrounded by lighter pigmentation.

Having a large number of moles on your body can also increase the risk of you developing melanoma.

If you have a mole and it has changed in appearance and you are worried about it see your doctor. Your doctor will then perform a full skin examination and if he feels it is appropriate will request a biopsy for microscopic examination.

Moles that are found to be cancerous can usually be removed by a relatively straightforward surgical procedure.

In reality the majority of warts that are removed are done so purely for cosmetic reasons rather than medical necessity.

What are Skin Tags?

multiple skin tags - wart mole and skin tagsSkin tags (or acrochordons) are extremely common and generally completely harmless. They are growths that hang off the skin and are usually brown or flesh coloured. They can sometimes resemble warts in appearance. The most common places for skin tags to appear are on the neck, around the breasts, around the groin and under the armpits. Small skin tags are also not uncommon on the eyelids.

Skin tags are most common in older people but can affect people of any age. There is often no apparent reason for a skin tag appearing. They do however have a tendency to grow in areas where skin rubs against skin or where the skin rubs constantly against clothing.

Overweight (obese) people with excessive folds of skin are at particular risk of suffering from skin tags.

There is not usually any medical grounds for having skin tags removed. They are harmless and painless. Depending on the size and location of the skin tag they can on occasion catch against clothing or jewellery which may cause them to bleed.

Most people consider skin tags to be unsightly and decide to have them removed purely for cosmetic reasons. If you choose to have them removed surgically the procedure is fairly straight forward and not unlike the procedures used for removing warts (burning or freezing).

Be aware that if you attempt to cut the skin tag off yourself you can cause them to bleed extremely heavily.


Warts and Wart Removal


Home Cure for Genital Warts


Home Cure for Genital Warts

A lot of people are desperate to find a home cure for genital warts. Genital warts are not considered to be a particularly serious medical condition but it is extremely psychologically distressing for the sufferer. They understand that genital warts are highly contagious and they need to be treated quickly.

home cure for genital wartsThey are reluctant to go to their doctor for advice. They are self conscious, ashamed and embarrassed about having genital warts. They believe, often incorrectly, that their doctor will assume that they have low moral standards and have sexual relations with multiple partners. They are also concerned that their doctor will want to remove the warts surgically and are understandably nervous about the procedure.

Most people would prefer to use a home cure for genital warts if at all possible.

Can I successfully treat Genita Warts Myself?

There is now a home cure for genital warts that will actually eradicate your warts in 5 days or less. The system was devised by Ashton and Jill Christenson who have both suffered for recurring genital warts themselves.

After numerous unsuccessful, and painful, attempts by their doctor to cure the condition they decided to treat the condition themselves and create their own home cur for genital warts.

What they came up with was a treatment that uses simple cooking ingredients and essential oils that can be obtained easily and cheaply. They found that their home cure for genital warts not only worked but worked extremely quickly. In fact their warts had completely disappeared in less than five days.


Click here to find out more about the HOME CURE FOR GENITAL WARTS

Here’s how the Home Cure for Genital Warts works!

The treatment requires only two ingredients. The first is an ingredient that you are probably already using in your kitchen every day. The second ingredient is an essential oil that is used extensively in the medical profession. The two ingredients together are able to kill the warts at their root and also help to prevent a reoccurrence.

Please be aware that genital warts are caused by a virus. The home cure for genital warts is not a cure for the human papilloma virus (HPV) that causes them as there is no known cure for the virus. It does however eradicate the warts completely and the only way they will return is if you are infected again.

(Even if you have the warts removed surgically it is only the warts that are treated not the human papilloma virus)

The home cure for genital warts system also includes a three step system that will help you to remove any scars that might have resulted from previous surgical treatments you may have had.

The home cure for genital warts program is inexpensive and easy to apply. The program tells you everything you need to know about genital warts. It explains how to identify genital warts and what precautions you need to take to prevent spreading the disease. It also gives advice on how to ensure that you do not become infected again in the future.

If you want to treat your genital warts in the privacy of your own home then click the link below to get more details.

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Wart Remover – Treatments and Products


Wart Remover – Products and treatments

There are a number of Wart Remover Products and Treatments available both over the counter and from your doctor.

Warts form as a result of the human papillomavirus (HPV). The virus is spread by having physical contact with someone who has already been infected by the virus.

Warts are benign and not considered to be a particularly serious condition. They can however be painful if they occur in particularly sensitive areas of the body. If left untreated most warts will eventually disappear without treatment of any kind. Untreated warts can take a long time to clear up (as long as two years in some cases). Warts can appear on any part of the body but tend to be most common on the hands and feet.

If you have a wart take appropriate precautions to try to prevent infecting anyone else.

Over the counter wart remover products

Common Warts and Plantar Warts (veruccas) can be treated very successfully at home with one of the over the counter wart remover products that are available . Most people who suffer from these types of warts treat the condition themselves in their own homes.

Wart remover products that you use at home are also possibly the fastest, and most effective, form of treatment for warts.

Electrosurgery / Curretage Wart Remover Techniques

Electrosurgery (also referred to as electrodessication) is always performed by a doctor or surgeon. A local anaesthetic is administered after the wart and the area surrounding it have been cleaned thoroughly. The wart is burned away using an electrically heated needle.


The treated wart is then removed using a knife or ‘curret’ (a surgical instrument used for scraping).

Electrosurgery and Curretage are regularly used together in performing a wart remover procedure.

The main benefit of Wart removal by surgical means is that the wart is removed immediately.

Electrosurgery is not suitable for treating large clusters of warts. It is used mainly for removing single wart growths or small infected areas. Surgical procedures can also leave scarring and can also be painful. Electrosurgery only removes the wart, it does not treat the viral infection that actually caused the wart to appear. This means that there is a strong chance that the wart will reappear and further treatment could be required.

Wart Remover – Laser Treatment

Laser treatment is sometimes considered as an option to remove warts if other wart remover techniques have been tried and failed. The procedure is carried out by a doctor or health professional. A high intensity laser beam is focussed on the infected area which burns away the wart. Normally only one session of treatment is required but in extreme cases a second treatment may be required.

Laser treatment is considered to be more effective than surgical removal.

There are several different types of laser that can be used for the procedure.

Lasers are most commonly used for genital warts and plantar warts (veruccas). Laser treatment is not normally considered as an initial form of treatment. The treatment can be expensive and it can also be painful. Patients are also likely to suffer some degree of pain around the treated area for some days following treatment . There is less likelihood of scarring with laser treatment than with normal surgical removal.

Cryotherapy wart removal

Cryotherapy is a fairly common treatment for removing warts. It is usually carried out by a health professional. Cryotherapy attempts to destroy the wart itself and also the human papilloma virus that caused the wart to appear in the first place.

The wart, and the skin around the wart, is thoroughly cleaned prior to treatment. In some cases a local anaesthetic may also be used. A freezing agent (very often liquid nitrogen) is then applied to the wart. Application can be by means of a swab or can be applied as a spray. The treated wart will usually turn white within a few minutes of the freezing agent being administered. The area will then blister and a bandage is then applied for protection. More than one treatment is usually required.

Cryotherapy can be used on common warts, plantar warts and genital warts. The patient may experience some pain both during and following the treatment. Scarring is also possible.

Although Cryotherapy is usually carried out by a doctor there are now ‘cryotherapy wart remover kits’ that can be bought over the counter for home treatment.

Natural Wart Removal – Home Remedies for wart removal

There are a number of ‘natural home remedies’ that you can try at home. There is however little scientific evidence that is able to confirm that these remedies do in fact work.

I have listed five of the most common home remedies below

Apple Cider Vinegar as a Wart remover

Normally only used for common warts and flat warts that are situated on the hands or other ‘non sensitive areas’.

The vinegar is mixed with warm water and then applied to the wart with a cotton bud. The mixture can either be removed after a few minutes or can be left on the wart over night.

The acid in the vinegar gradually soaks in to the wart and layers of skin gradually begin to peel away. Re-application of the mixture will be required for a number of weeks. Some irritation to the skin can be experienced with this method.

Lime Juice /Lemon Juice or Pineapple Juice as a Wart Remover

This method works in exactly the same way as the apple cider method. Lemon juice and lime juice are extremely acidic. The juice is applied with cotton wool to the wart and left to soak in overnight. As with the apple cider treatment you will need to repeat the process for some considerable time before the wart is removed.

It is also suggested that Pineapple juice will work in a similar way if you need to treat common warts that appear on your hands or fingers. Simply get a container and fill it with fresh pure pineapple juice. Soak the affected hand (or finger) in the juice for between three to five minutes. Dry off carefully. Repeat the procedure twice a day.

Wart Removal using a Banana

Scrape the white mush from the inside of a banana skin and spread it on to the wart. Leave the preparation in place for ten to fifteen minutes and then remove. Repeat the process two or three times a day until the wart disappears.

Remove Warts with Basil

The process requires you to crush approximately a quarter of a cup of washed basil leaves until they become ‘mushy’. Apply the mush to the affected area and hold it in place with a bandage. After 24 hours remove and replace with more basil and a clean bandage. Keep re-applying until the wart disappears.

Using Honet as a Wart Remover

Lightly file the surface of the wart and then cover it with a thick coat of honey. Hod the honey in place with a bandage. Reapply every twent four hours until the wart is gone. Try to use a good quality organic honey, such as Organic Manuka Honey, as this produces the fastest results.

This form of treatment is generally referred to as ‘occlusion therapy’. This simply means that the wart is being deprived of oxygen which causes it to die.

As an alternative to using honey and a bandage some people simply use ‘duct tape’ which also acts in much the same way.

Are Homemade Wart Remover Remedies Successful?

There are numerous other home wart remover remedies that appear in various publications and on the internet. Virtually none of these remedies appear to have any scientific documented evidence to suggest that they do actually work.

As warts will disappear of their own accord the remedies being use could simply be coincidental and not actually have contributed to the removal of the wart at all. There is however very little harm that can be done by trying these remedies if you wish to do so!

It is essential that if you are suffering from genital warts or warts on other sensitive areas of the body you exercise great care in selecting the correct treatment. Genital warts should not be treated with any preparation that is designed to treat common warts.

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Warts and Wart Removal


Wart Removal, Mole Removal and Skin Tag Removal

Warts, Moles and Skin Tags are extremely common. Most people will have a wart appear at some point during their lifetime. Although most warts are benign most people tend to look for some kind of wart removal treatment to try and eradicate the wart quickly. The most common place for warts to form are on the hands, feet or face. They can however appear on any part of your body.

What are Warts?

Warts are basically a raised growth. They very often have the appearance of a very small cauliflower and feel rough to the touch. They can however also simply be flat and smooth.

Warts are caused by a virus known as Human Papillomavirus (HPV for short). There are in excess of one hundred types of HPV. Each one of these HPV’s tend to target their own specific area of the body but can none the less spread to other parts of the body.


Plantar Warts – these are more commonly known as verucas. They occur on the soles of your feet and are recognisable by the dark spot in the centre. Plantar warts should be treated to prevent them being spread to others. Plantar Wart Removal Treatments are available for home use.

Common Warts – These grow on virtually any part of the body although they are most commonly found on the hands. Common Warts are usually brownish grey in colour and dome shaped, although they can take other forms. Common Wart Removal can be accomplished by undergoing a minor surgical procedure or can, in a lot of cases, be treated in the home with wart removal cream.

NATURAL WART REMOVAL PRODUCTFlat Warts – These are commonly found on the arms, legs or face. They are usually quite small and there are generally several grouped together in one area. Like their name suggests they have flat tops and can be light brown, yellow or even pink in colour.

Flat Warts can be spread by shaving.

Flat Wart Removal is generally achieved by using one of the wart removal products that are available and does not normally require surgery.

Filiform Warts – These types of warts are easily recognisable as they consist of a number of flesh coloured finger like projections. Filiform Warts grow around the beard area and also around the nose and mouth. They can however also be found in other areas of the body where the skin tissue is relatively thin such as arm pits and certain areas of the leg.

Filiform Warts are not generally permanent and there are a number of Filiform Wart Removal treatments available.

Periungal Warts – These are one of the least common types of wart. They appear as irregular rough bumps around and under the fingernails and toenails. One of the caharteristics of Periungal Warts is their rate of growth. They are able to grow to quite a large size in a relatively short space of time and can actually displace the nail completely if not treated. Periungal Wart Removal is relatively easy and is normally achieved by applying one of the over the counter wart removal creams or gels to the affected area. Because the wart grows rapidly it is advisable to treat the infection sooner rather than later.

Genital Warts – These affect both sexes and are found in the genital and anal regions of the body. Genital warts are most common in individuals aged between seventeen and thirty three years of age. Genital Warts are extremely contagious. Genital warts, like all other forms of wart, are caused by a virus and are sexually transmitted.

Genital warts can be removed by surgery, laser or freeze treatment. There are also a number of genital wart removal creams that are manufactured specifically for treating these types of warts.

There is also a home cure for genital warts that you can use.

NB. General purpose wart removal creams and gels are not suitable for the treatment of genital warts.

Genital warts are very difficult to eradicate completely and there is always a chance that they will return again at some time in the future regardless of the type of treatment you have undergone.

Reduce the chances of getting warts.

Avoiding exposure to HPV completely is virtually impossible. There are however a number of simple steps that you can take to lessen the chances of transmission.

Warts are often transmitted through open cuts and sores. Try to avoid sharing facial products and towels with other people, particularly anyone who is infected. If you suspect that you have a filiform wart destroy any old cosmetics etc that you may have to help to avoid the virus being spread to other areas of the face. Avoid using nail clippers or manicure equipment that has been used by anyone that has a Periungal nail infection.

Areas that are warm and wet will be able to sustain the virus. Public baths and changing rooms can be particularly hazardous and a good standard of personal hygiene should be observed when using these types of facility.

Will Warts disappear by themselves.

In many cases warts will eventually disappear by themselves without any treatment whatsoever,  particularly with children. It can however take a number of years for the wart to disappear completely.

Adults are less likely to find that their wart disappears without some form of treatment.

The majority of warts are in fact benign and do not usually pose any significant health threat. Warts, moles and skin tags are however somewhat unsightly and the majority of people prefer to undergo some form of treatment to remove them.

As a result most wart removal is done purely for cosmetic reasons rather than through any medical necessity.

Wart Removal

Removing warts by freezing

If you go to your GP and ask him (or her) to remove your wart for you he may suggest that you have the warts frozen off. This is done by applying liquid nitrogen to the wart. The action of freezing and then thawing the wart destroys the wart tissue. It can take up to six or eight treatments to clear the wart. It is normal to allow approx two weeks between treatments.

This method has proved to be effective but it can be painful. It is not uncommon for the nearby skin to blister following treatment. There is also a risk, albeit slight, that the adjacent skin can be scarred.

Freezing to remove warts is not suitable for anyone who has poor circulation or for young children.

Wart Removal Surgery and laser treatment for warts

Warts can be removed surgically but it is not generally considered to be the best or most effective treatment. The wart (or verruca) is scraped away, under local anaesthetic, with a surgical instrument called a curette. Although surgery will remove the wart it is not guaranteed that the HPV infection that caused the wart will also be removed. This can lead to the wart returning again at a later date. Surgical removal of warts can leave the treated area feeling raw and painful and it can also result in scarring.

Occasionally if other treatments have failed your gp may suggest laser treatment. The laser destroys the wart and also the blood vessels supplying it. There is some debate about the effectiveness of laser wart removal treatments. Like surgical removal of warts it can also be painful and result in scarring.

Removing Warts at Homewart removal in 3 days

If you are unfortunate enough to have an unwanted wart there are a number of home remedies for wart removal that you can try. Wart removal at home is normally a case of applying a natural wart removal cream or a wart removal gel to the affected area. Home treatment is in fact possibly the best wart removal solution in many cases.


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Plantar Wart Removal


Plantar Wart Removal

What is a Plantar Wart

Plantar Wart Removal products and treatments are generally sought by sufferers as Plantar Warts can be quite painful.

Plantar warts (or verruca plantaris to give them their scientific name) occur on the soles of the feet (Planta being Latin for Sole) or on the toes. A Plantar wart can also be referred to as a Verruca or Myrmecia. Like all other types of wart the Plantar Wart is caused by the human papillomavirus (or HPV for short).

Plantar Warts are considered to be ‘self limiting’. This could suggest that the condition will clear up of its own accord without any intervention. Plantar Wart Removal is usually recommended to reduce the discomfort that they cause . Removing the Plantar wart will also reduce the likelihood of passing the infection on to others.

How do I recognise a Plantar Wart?

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Plantar Wart

Plantar Warts usually have the appearance of a very small cauliflower. They often have a small petechiae (a spot usually red or

purple) at the centre. Plantar Warts will often bleed if they are scratched. Because of their location Plantar Warts can cause considerable discomfort when you stand or walk. There are a number of Plantar Wart Removal treatments available and the majority prefer to have the wart treated rather that hope that it will simply disappear of its own accord.

How are Plantar Warts (Verrucas) spread?

The HPV virus that causes warts is spread by having contact with an infected host. This contact can be by direct skin contact or can also be by indirect contact.

In the case of Plantar Warts indirect contact is usually through wearing socks or shoes that have been worn by someone who has the virus. Using a towel that has been used by a sufferer is also a fairly common way in which the virus is spread.

Communal changing rooms and showers are also areas where the virus can be contacted easily. The virus tends to thrive in warm damp locations and areas surrounding swimming pools can be a particularly hazardous.

Plantar Wart Removal

Plantar Wart Removal is best achieved by using one of the Plantar Wart Removal products that are available over the counter. The majority of these preparations are very effective and most people find that they are able to eradicate the problem without the need to visit their doctor.

If you do find that you are unable to achieve a satisfactory result using one of the home remedies for wart removal you might then consider consulting a medical professional.

The treatments that a doctor might suggest are likely to be either freezing the wart with liquid nitrogen, Surgery, Laser surgery or electro surgery. Although some of these treatments have been found to be effective they are not guaranteed to destroy your warts completely. You may in fact find that you need to repeat the treatment several times before the wart disappears. These medical procedures for Plantar Wart Removal (and other forms of wart) can also leave the patient with some degree of scarring.



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Genital Wart Removal


Genital Warts and Genital wart removal

What are Genital Warts?

Genital warts are extremely common and highly contagious. Genital wart removal should be a priority if you believe you are infected to avoid the chances of passing on the disease to others.

Genital warts are caused by a strain of the human papillomavirus (or HPV as it is generally called). There are well over 100 strains of the HPV virus.

genital wart removal at homeGenital warts are usually spread during sex (or close genital contact), including oral sex and anal sex, with a partner who has the infection. The infection can also be spread by sharing sex toys with someone who has the condition. Like many of the of the other forms of wart they tend to have a somewhat ‘cauliflower like’ appearance. Usually pink or white in colour. They can develop singly or, more commonly, in clusters. They can appear anywhere in the genital or anal regions. They are quite often visible on the external surfaces of the skin including penile shaft, head of the penis or scrotum (male) or around the vagina on a female. Genital warts will also form in the anal region of both male and female sufferers.

Genital warts can also form on internal surfaces of the cervix, vagina, anus and opening to the urethra. Genital Warts are not hereditary!

Are Genital Warts Serious?

Genital Warts are not considered to be a serious condition. They are certainly not life threatening. They are not usually painful but are extremely unsightly if they are left to develop. They may however itch occasionally and can bleed a little if they are scratched. Although they do not usually pose a serious threat to your general health they do however usually cause the sufferer a considerable amount of psychological distress and anxiety.

In some parts of the world (UK for example) genital warts are the second most common form of STD (sexually transmitted disease), the most common being chlamydia . If you do have sex with someone who is infected you are extremely likely to develop the condition yourself. It can take three months, or even longer, for the condition to become visible after infection. It is possible to pass on the infection to others even before you develop any visible signs of the disease yourself.

Prevent the Spread of Genital Warts

Genital warts are most prevalent in males aged 20-24 and females who are between 16 and 19 who are sexually active.

The use of a condom during sex may help to prevent the spread of the warts as the virus cannot pass through it. However you are still likely to have some ‘skin to skin contact’ with your partner during sex so transmission may still take place.

The best course of action is to simply abstain from any form of sexual activity until you have completed your genital wart removal treatment and all visible signs of the warts are gone.

This will help in preventing the spread of the disease and will also help to speed up your own recovery.

The warts may eventually disappear of their own accord but this can take several years and may in fact reappear again at a later stage. It is highly recommended that some form of genital wart removal treatment is sought as soon as the condition becomes apparent.

There are no specific tests to detect genital warts other than visual inspection. Internal warts are more difficult to detect as they are not visible. They may however cause itching, vaginal discharge or discomfort whilst passing urine. In some instances (fairly rare) bleeding may occur.

In some circumstances where there are no visible signs of warts but it is suspected that the individual has been infected a vaginal examination may be necessary.

Genital War Removal

Genital Wart removal is generally carried out by the application of a cream or gel (topical treatment). Genital wart removal creams are available from your GP or sexual health clinic. There are also a number of wart removal products on the market that can be purchased over the counter. If you do decide to treat the warts yourself it is essential that you use wart removal products specifically formulated for the treatment of genital warts. On no account are you to use general common wart removal preparations on genital warts.

The second method of genital wart removal is by what is referred to as ‘physical ablation’. There are four main types of physical ablation. They are electrosurgery, cryotherapy, laser surgery and cryotherapy. All of these treatments need to be carried out by a medical professional.


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Common Wart Removal


Common Wart Removal

What is a common wart?

Generally speaking warts are benign and Common Wart Removal is undertaken as a matter of vanity rather than any real medical necessity. Warts are extremely common and the majority of people will have at least one wart during their lifetime.

The dictionary describes a wart as being: ‘a small excrescence on the skin – a small proturberance’.

What does a Wart Look Like?

Common Warts generally have a ‘rough cauliflower like’ appearance . They are skin coloured and can be as large as 10mm across or as small as one millimetre across. They can form in clusters or individually depending on their position on the body.

What causes Warts to Form?

Common Warts are simply an infection that affects the upper most layer of the skin. Warts are a result of a viral infection in the HPV family (human papilloma virus). Scientists have identified in excess of one hundred variations of the human papilloma virus. Infection is usually via a scratch or blister on the skin. The virus then causes the cells on the outer layer of skin (the epidermis) to grow rapidly which results in a wart being formed. The most common place for warts to form is on the hands, knuckles, fingers and knees although they can affect virtually any part of the body.

Are Warts Contagious?

Warts are extremely contagious. Warts are spread from person to person via direct physical ‘skin to skin’ contact. It can take several months for the wart to develop. If you find that you have a wart developing it is highly probable that you have come into physical contact with someone who also had a wart some time in the past.

Although physical contact is the most common way of contacting the virus it can also be spread via inanimate objects such as door handles or face towels that have been used by someone who has a wart.

Although anyone can suffer from warts teenagers and children are more likely to be affected by common warts than adults. Children who are affected by warts have a tendency to pick at, or scratch, them. Breaking the skin of the wart in this way will release the virus and increase the chances of the virus being spread to others through physical contact.

Common Wart Removal

Common Warts are benign so it is not essential that you look for a common wart removal treatment on medical grounds. Warts are however unsightly and most people prefer to remove them sooner rather than later. By removing the wart you are also reducing the likelihood of the virus being spread to others.

If you do prefer to leave the wart untreated it is reasonably certain that it will disappear of its own accord eventually. Unfortunately this could be just a matter of weeks or could in fact take up to two years.

Common Wart Removal by Freezing

If you go to your doctor he may suggest that you undergo cryotherapy (freeze) treatment . This basically involves the wart being sprayed with liquid nitrogen. This method can be extremely effective but the treatment can cause discomfort and it may be necessary to repeat the treatment several times before the wart is completely removed.

Common Wart Removal Surgery

As a last resort your doctor may decide that the only way to completely remove the wart is by surgery. There are basically three surgical procedures for removing warts.

The first method is known as ‘electro surgery’. This is done by sending an electrical charge through a needle which burns away the skin that encases the wart. Prior to carrying out the electro surgery a local anaesthetic has to be injected into the skin surrounding the wart (this can be quite painful).

The second method of surgical wart removal is refered to as ‘curettage’. The procedure is to simply cut off the wart with a surgical knife or a special spoon shaped instrument.

It is quite common for electrosurgery and curettage procedures to be used together.

The third procedure is Laser Surgery. As the name suggests the wart is subjected to an intense beam from a laser which burns away the wart.

The position of the wart will determine which method is considered to be the most appropriate.

Common Wart Removal by surgical procedure is usually a last resort after all other forms of treatment have been exhausted. Surgical wart removal can leave scarring and there is always a chance that the wart will return as surgical removal does not destroy the virus that was responsible for the wart forming.

Common Wart Removal with Over the Counter Wart Removal Products

The most effective way to get rid of your wart in the majority of cases is to treat the wart yourself with one of the over the counter wart removal products (such as Amoils Natural H-Wart Formula) that are available. These home remedies for wart removal are extremely simple to use, safe and is unlikely to be painful in any way providing the manufacturers’ instructions are followed. Proprietary common wart removal products are also far less likely to leave the skin ‘scarred’ once the wart has been removed .

How Long Will it take for My Wart to Disappear?

If you use a wart removal cream it is quite normal to see results in a matter of days and the wart should be completely removed in a few weeks. The procedure may take a little longer for particularly large or stubborn warts. Common wart removal cream is usually applied directly to the surface of the wart with a cotton bud.

Common Wart Removal using Home made preparations

There are a number of ‘homemade remedies’ that you can try. It is difficult to determine how effective any of these methods are as they do not generally have any scientific data to back them up. If you do elect to try any of these be extremely careful that you do not in fact aggravate the condition.

If you try a home remedy and it does not work you are likely to find that the wart will be more difficult to remove by other means as it will have then had more time to develop.

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Preventing Warts

There is no guaranteed way of preventing warts. Warts are caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV for short). There are reported to be well in excess of one hundred variations of the virus. The type (or strain) of virus you come in contact with will determine what type of wart you will get. It will also determine (to a degree) where the wart will appear.

Preventing warts - common wartWarts will generally disappear without treatment but this can take a long time. Although there are treatments for the actual warts themselves there is no actual cure for the HPV virus therefore no way of actually preventing warts.

The virus is spread by coming into contact with someone who already has warts, or is carrying the HPV virus. The virus can remain dormant for some considerable time so the person infecting you may in fact not have any visible signs that they are in fact carrying the virus. The virus can be spread by direct skin to skin contact. The virus can also be spread by simply coming into contact with an object or surface that has been touched by the carrier.

Preventing Warts from Spreading

One of the best ways of preventing warts from spreading is to cover them so that they have less chance of coming in direct contact with anyone else.

Although there is no foolproof way of preventing warts there are a number of simple steps that you can take to reduce the chances of being infected.

The virus very often enters the body through small cuts or scratches. Adopting a strict personal hygiene regime can be extremely helpful in preventing warts from being spread.

Washing your hands for example following any physical contact with others will help to prevent the likelihood of being infected by HPV. Bear in mind that everyone who carries the virus may not actually have any visible signs that they are carrying the virus.

It is also possible for warts to spread from one part of your own body to another. Again simply following basic hygiene procedures, such as washing your hands regularly, can play a big part in preventing warts from being spread in this way.

preventing warts - avoid plantar wartsPlantar warts (verrucas) generally appear on the feet and can be extremely painful. The virus that causes them flourishes on warm damp surfaces. You can prevent warts being spread in areas such as swimming pool surrounds and locker rooms by making sure you wear flip flops or sandals rather than walking barefoot.

Avoid sharing towels or wearing other peoples’ socks or shoes as this will also help in preventing warts from being spread.

Genital warts are usually spread via sexual activity (not necessarily penetrative) and are usually found around the genital and anal areas of the body. If you have warts on your hands they will not spread to your genital as the viruses that cause these two types of wart are of a completely different type.

Can Warts be Cured?

There are a number of treatments that you can use at home that are effective in removing warts. Home treatment is the best course of action as it is generally easier and less painful than having them removed surgically. Early treatment will also reduce the likelihood of you spreading the virus to anyone else.

All of the available treatments are only designed to treat the existing warts. They are not necessarily going to help in preventing warts to appear again at a later stage.


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