How to Beat Warts for Good

wartsWarts are annoying and unsightly condition, that people struggle with at some point over the course of their lives.  There are many types of warts and they can appear nearly anywhere on the body, at any time.

What Causes Warts?

Warts are typically caused when the HPV family of viruses comes into contact with outer layers of skin that have a small scratch or wound.  Once the virus gains entry into the skin, cells multiply rapidly, creating a wart.  Once a wart appears, there is no way to detect when the exposure happened; it can be recent, or you could have contacted the virus months ago.

Can I Get Rid Of Warts Without Going To The Doctor?

In most cases, yes.  However, there are some warts that do require medical attention.  At-home wart treatments include common over-the-counter wart remedies with the active ingredient of salicylic acid.  Follow the directions provided exactly and keep track of any changes in the area.  However, if you spot a wart you can quickly remedy the situation with clear nail polish.  Clear nail polish in the early stages of a wart can suffocate the virus and keep it from spreading.

Are There Natural Remedies For Getting Rid Of Common Warts?

Yes – for some people.  Many people swear that garlic can get rid of common warts.  Simply mash up a clove of fresh garlic (avoid any that have a green thread in the middle) and apply to the wart.  Cover with a bandage.  While this remedy is not recommended if you are leaving the house, you can use it effectively at night and when you personally do not mind the smell of garlic.

How Can I Prevent Them From Returning?

There is no way to guarantee you will not get a recurrence of warts. To keep the viruses and bacterial responsible for warts and other infections away, it is essential that you keep your hands and body clean..  Use anti-viral (different that antibiotic cleansers) to cleanse hands after workouts at the gym; a gym and gym equipment is an ideal home to viruses.  Wipe down equipment before you use it.  Coconut oil has high antiviral properties; after a workout, shower and moisturize your skin.  Additionally, it is important that you treat warts immediately, as they can spread if left untreated.

What Are Plantar Warts?

foot-wartsPlantar warts and common warts are different.  Plantar warts typically develop on the underside of the foot and often a heavy callus develops over the wart.  This can cause pain and discomfort and many people report that it feels like a sharp pebble or stone is being walked on.  Left untreated, plantar warts can multiply and develop into a cluster known as mosaic warts.  Most plantar warts do not require medical treatment, however, diabetics should consult with a podiatrist before trying any treatments.  Plantar warts are more difficult to treat than common warts; cryotherapy, laser therapy, or surgical treatment may need to be pursued when over-the-counter remedies do not work.

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Kathleen McCoy is professional beauty, education and healthcare analyst and writer. A University of Maryland graduate, Kathleen has traveled and studied extensively throughout Europe, the Middle East, Africa and North America covering skin care and natural beauty techniques from around the globe.

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