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Description
Warts are rough growths on the skin that usually appear on the hands, knees, elbows and feet. There are several types of common warts; (1) Plantar warts are found on the bottom of foot. (2) Flat or plain warts are the most common and are found on the face and legs and usually appear in clusters. (3) Subungual and Periungual warts are warts that appear around or under toenails and fingernails. (4) View more...
Causes
Warts are caused by a virus more specifically HPV (human papilloma virus). Warts can also be brought upon by stress. (1) Plantar warts develop from cuts on the feet allowing HPV easy access in the skin. It thrives in moist environments such as shower floors, locker rooms and public swimming areas. (4) Filiform (facial) warts have been identified to come from HPV and more specifically strains 1, 2, View more...
Prevention
It is advised to avoid contact with warts (your own and others), keep feet and hands dry and clean, do not go barefoot in public areas, do not pick at warts and do not use the same emery board or pumice stone on your warts for other areas of the body.
Common Symptoms
Symptoms of Plantar warts include small grainy bumps on the soles of feet, grey-brown bumps with central black spot(s) and pain and tenderness when walking. Symptoms of filiform (facial) warts include itching, bleeding, and spreading of warts. Most warts if not treated and continue to grow will cause pain, but in normal cases warts can cause self-esteem issues due to the fact that most view warts View more...
Rare Symptoms
In extreme cases warts can continue growing and cause pain and disfigurement.
Traditional Treatment
Plantar warts do not require treatment, only if they are painful. Your doctor may use cryotherapy (freezing), cantharidin, surgery, immunotherapy, Imiquimod (Aldara), or Bleomycin (Blenoxane). For treatment of filiform (facial) warts it is recommended to visit your doctor and have them remove the wart(s). It is not advised to use over the counter wart treatment on your face. Your doctor may use an View more...
Alternative Treatment
Duct tape has been used on plantar warts. A study done in 2002 described how patients would cover their warts with duct tape for six days, soak in water, rub with a emery board or pumice stone and repeated for up to two months. Castor oil is another alternative remedy.
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Research and Development
There is not a lot of potential treatment or research when it comes to warts. This is because warts are caused by HPV and researchers are still trying to tackle this virus. For now the best thing to do is to stick with conventional treatments.
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