Warts are those ugly little skin growths on our body that make us look really awful. Well, warts and their treatment have become a major cause of concern for the young and the old. However, with the development ion the field of medical science, doctors have found ways of treating these unwanted small fleshy bumps on our body.
Warts are basically skin growth found on our body. They are non-cancerous in nature. They are caused by various forms of a virus known as the Human Papilloma Virus or HPV. The virus spreads through skin contact. This virus affects the healthy cells of our body and does not destroy them. Rather, it makes them grow, thus leading to the growth of small lumps on your body, popularly known as warts.
Warts is common among children aged 11 and below. As per, Henry Ukpeh, a clinical associate professor of paediatrics at the University of British Columbia, the percentage of children below 11 years who develop warts is 5%. As warts occur due to skin contact, most children are prone to develop warts. It is generally believed that eczema often leads to warts as the skin’s capacity to keep viruses out is weakened. Hence, this increases the chance of getting affected by HPV.
Warts may appear on your feet, face, around fingernails, eyelids, neck and other parts of the body. The different kinds of warts that one can come across and their appearance are as follows:
1. Common warts – The surface is scaly and coarse and is either skin colored or white.
2. Plantar Warts – These are warts with small black dots and are skin colored.
3. Flat warts – These are small and have a smooth surface. Mostly skin colored.
4. Periungual warts – Surface is coarse and uneven
5. Filiform warts – Narrow and usually long.
Treating warts is no big issue. Most warts disappear automatically, usually within a span of twelve to twenty-four months. However, it is always advisable to treat warts with proper medication as they are contagious. Please note that in case the warts bleed, becomes sore, changes their appearance or doesn’t get cured even after medication, you must visit a proper medical practitioner. Over the counter treatment for warts are also available and you can ask the pharmacist to guide you with the same. All you have to do is go to the medical shop and buy the required medicine.