Know More about Warts

Warts are hard growths on the skin. They are the residue of a viral infection that causes the hard growth. Warts can be infectious and can be passed on to another person if they are touched or if the belongings of the person with warts are used. Usually they go away on their own, but there is no set time period and it may be months or years before they do.

They are generally harmless, but if bumped against, they are an outgrowth that might bleed. Also, their appearance on the face can be a source of embarrassment. One can have warts on the skin of hands, feet, fingers or face. There can be warts on the genitals also. However, the process of removal of warts from the genital area is different from the way they are removed from the other parts of the body.

There are numerous ways to remove warts:

One of the most common methods of warts removal is by applying salicylic acid on the warts. This is to be done after you have taken a bath. When you use the towel, do not rub yourself dry, you might end up rubbing the wart and causing it to bleed. Pat yourself with a towel and then apply salicylic acid on the warts. Leave the wart a little damp for the acid to work effectively. The next day, look for any dead skin on the wart and file it using an emery board or a pumice stone. This treatment is to be done on a daily basis and can last for many weeks till there is a substantial reduction.

There is another process called Cryotherapy. In this treatment, liquid nitrogen is applied on the warts to freeze them. When one undergoes this treatment, one would have to have liquid nitrogen applied on the warts for about 4 times a week. The treatment can last between 1 and 3 weeks. If the above treatments do not work, then there are other ways of removal of warts which require burning and cutting them.

There is a laser treatment as well for their removal. However, in these cases, a scar remains. A number of home remedies are often tried as well.