Alternative names : Verrucas, tags and moles
Warts refer to hard, dry growths in the skin. They are capable of spreading, but are usually harmless. They often disappear spontaneously. These small benign tumors of the skin are most common in childhood, but after infancy. Warts are caused by viruses in the human papillomavirus (HPV) family.
Warts come in various shapes and sizes. Common warts are raised cauliflower like lesions which occur most frequently on the hands. They may be scattered or grouped. These warts in children usually resolve spontaneously eventually. Some warts are threadlike and others flat.
Warts usually appear as rough elevations in the skin. These elevations occur more frequently on the fingers, elbows, knees, face and scalp. They usually appear as small raised painless lesion with a rough dry surface. Where there is pressure as on the soles of the feet, they may be hardly raised, but tend to be, painful. They flourish in most areas of the body.
When warts occur on the feet they are known as verrucae. They are particularly catching. They are most easily spread in swimming baths and bathrooms because the moist, warm atmosphere at these places in just-right for this infection to be passed on from child to child. Some swimming baths hold foot inspections and.will not allow in any child with a verrucae. Other insist that special ‘verrucae-socks’ are worn if a verrucae is present.
Warts are mainly caused by virus infection. Viruses usually. penetrate the skin via small abrasions. Warts are unpredictably contagious and the child-patient may infect himself in different places. Thus for instance, he may get wart on the lips, if he sucks a wart on the finger. Infection can also spread from one member of the family to other members. Constitutional factors also appear to be at the root of the trouble. These factors lead to some defects in the proper development of the skin surface in certain areas.
Home Remedies For Warts
1. Castor Oil
The use of castor oil. This oil should be applied generously over the affected parts every night. The treatment should be continued for several months.
Milky juice of figs is another valuable remedy. This juice should be extracted from the fresh, barely ripe fruits and applied on warts several times a day. The treatment should be continued for two weeks.
3. Vitamin E And Garlic Clove
Vitamin E And Clove are the best home remedy for skin wart. Apply vitamin E on the wart, crush a clove of raw garlic and place it on the wart, and cover it with an adhesive bandage.
Raw potatoes have been found beneficial in the treatment of warts. The potatoes should be cut and rubbed on the affected area several times daily. This should be continued for at least two weeks. It will bring good results.
Onions are also valuable in warts. They are irritating to the skin and they stimulate the circulation of the blood. Warts sometimes disappear when rubbed with cut onions.
The herb marigold has also been found beneficial in the treatment of warts. The juice of the leaves of this plant can be applied over warts with good results. The sap from the stem has also effective use in the removal of warts.
Aloe has been used for hundreds of years as a wart treatment. Applied externally in cream form or directly from aloe plant, aloe eases discomfort and helps to speed healing.