A wart is a generally small,
rough, cauliflower-like growth, typically on hands and feet. Warts are
common and contagious, and are caused by a viral infection with one of the
Papilloma virus strains. They typically disappear after a few months but can
last for years and can recur. A few Papilloma viruses are known to cause
Possible treatments for warts
· Freezing, after which the wart and surrounding dead
skin falls off by itself
· Freezing and surgically removing the infected spot
· Treatment with chemical compounds, containing
salicylic acid, blistering agents, or immune system modifiers
· Laser treatment
None of these treatments are
very effective. The wart often returns after the skin has healed from the
containing the active ingredient salicylic acid are readily available at
any drug store or supermarket. There are typically two types of products:
adhesive pads treated with salicylic acid or a bottle of concentrated
salicylic acid. In order to remove the wart, one must follow a strict
regimen of cleaning the area, applying the salicylic acid, and clearing the
dead skin. It may take up to 12 weeks to remove a stubborn wart.
The following household
remedy is recommended for three consecutive days: Put the wart cells in hot
water with washing liquid. It is difficult to prove whether the warts
disappear because of the household remedy or by an immune reaction.
A household remedy whose
efficacy has been ratified by at least one study is placing a piece of duct
tape (medical tape works too) over the affected area for a week at a time,
and rubbing off the dead wart cells with a pumice stone or emery board
between tapings. This treatment is believed to work as a result of an
heightened immune response at the site of the wart.
Particularly stubborn warts
may need to be cut off completely, but this method should be used as a last
resort, as it is painful and can lead to infection or scarring.