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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