What are Warts?
Warts are small growths on the skin that are caused by a virus called Human Papilloma Virus. They are rough to touch and have small black dots on it sometimes, which is called as seeds. These seeds are the small clotted blood vessels.
Commonly, warts appear on the hands and fingers and spread through touch.
Common warts disappear on their own after a considerable period of time.
Types of Warts
- Common warts (verruca vulgaris)
- These warts are rough to touch, single or multiple in number and isolated or confined to one region.
- Size range is 1mm to 1cm.
- Commonly located on the dorsal aspect of hands and fingers and on knees in children
- They disappear slowly within 2 years.
- Plantar warts
- They are mostly round in shape with sharp edges, rough to touch.
- Found on the soles of the foot.
- Flat warts (verruca plana)
- Smooth, flat and slightly elevated warts
- Color ranges from skin color to grayish brown.
- They are round in shape and size range is 1-5mm.
- Seen mostly on the face, back of hands and shins.
- Anogenital warts (Condyloma Accuminata)
- Seen in the genital region.
- Butcher’s warts
- Seen in those who handle meat, poultry or fish due to the constant handling of animal flesh.
- Warts are dome shaped
- They can reoccur once treated in 50% of cases.
EXTRA CUTANEOUS WARTS
- Oral condyloma accuminata
- As the name suggests, it is seen on the inside of the cheeks and the lips.
- They may be painful and can cause difficulty while chewing food.
- Laryngeal papilloma
- Warts are present in the larynx causing hoarseness of voice
- Seen mostly in children.
- Nasal and conjunctival papillomas
Symptoms of Warts
- Warts are small, grain-like growths on the skin
- The color of warts can range from skin color, pinkish, brownish, grayish or black.
- Warts are rough to touch.
- They can be painful or painless.
- They can be bleeding or non-bleeding.
- Rarely warts can cause slight itching in the affected region.
Causes of Warts
Warts are primarily caused by Human Papilloma Virus (HPV).
Warts can spread through direct contact with the person having warts. It can also spread if the person himself has warts on one area of his body and he touches it again and again.
Warts can occur if a person uses things which are used by another person already having warts, such as towels, clothes, etc.
Genital warts can spread through sexual intercourse.
Warts usually affect children and the people whose immune system is weakened due to certain diseases like HIV AIDS and those who have had organ transplant.
Diagnosis of Warts
Warts can be easily diagnosed by proper physical examination of the warts.
A small upper layer of wart can be scraped off and sent for lab investigations to rule out other types of skin growths.
Homoeopathic Management of Warts
- seedy, large or pedunculated
- Dry skin
- warts on the anogenital area.
- Bleeding warts
- Bleeding> touch, washing
- Warts with stinging or stitching pains> touch
- Itching of warts.
- warts and skin tags
- warts on face, lips, nose and eyelids.
- wartson tips of finger
- Painful and Pedunculated warts
- wartson face , large, flat or smooth in nature.
- wartson face that are small or pedunculated
- warts on chin.