Also called: Verruca

Warts are benign (not cancerous) skin growths that appear when a virus infects the top layer of the skin. Viruses that cause warts are called human papillomavirus (HPV). You are more likely to get one of these viruses if you cut or damage your skin in some way. Wart viruses are contagious. Although they are considered to be contagious, it is very common for just one family member to have them. In addition, they often affect just one part of the body (such as the hands or the feet) without spreading over time to other areas. but tend to invade warm, moist places, like small cuts or scratches on the fingers, hands, and feet. Warts are usually painless unless they’re on the soles of the feet or another part of the body that gets bumped or touched all the time Warts are often skin-colored and feel rough, but they can be dark (brown or gray-black), flat, and smooth.

Types

A range of types of wart have been identified, varying in shape and site affected, as well as the type of human papillomavirus involved.

  • Common wart (Verruca vulgaris), a raised wart with roughened surface, most common on hands, but can grow anywhere on the body
  • Flat wart (Verruca plana), a small, smooth flattened wart, flesh-coloured, which can occur in large numbers most common on the face, neck, hands, wrists and knees
  • Filiform or digitate wart, a thread- or finger-like wart, most common on the face, especially near the eyelids and lips
  • Genital wart (venereal wart, Condyloma acuminatum, Verruca acuminata), a wart that occurs on the genitalia.
  • Mosaic wart, a group of tightly clustered plantar-type warts, commonly on the hands or soles of the feet
  • Periungual wart, a cauliflower-like cluster of warts that occurs around the nails.
  • Plantar wart (verruca, Verruca pedis), a hard sometimes painful lump, often with multiple black specks in the center usually only found on pressure points on the soles of the feet.

A filiform wart on the eyelid.

Causes:

Warts are caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV). There are about 130 known types of human papilloma viruses.HPV infects the squamous epithelium, usually of the skin or genitals, but each HPV type is typically only able to infect only a few specific areas on the body. Many HPV types can produce a benign growth, often called a “wart” or “papilloma”, in the area they infect.

HOMEOPATHY AND WARTS :

There are some diseases and maladies where homeopathy works marvelously. Rather some problems are such that only homeopathy can render relief. One such problem is warts. These annoying and unsightly warts are cauterized by dermatologists. But they keep recurring even after cauterization is performed. This is the reason why homeopathic medicines are preferred mode of treatment for warts. As with other ailments, homeopathic doctors see the patients of warts also with an individualistic approach and treat individually. Though certain homeopathic remedies like Thuja top the list when it comes to warts, not all wart cases need Thuja. The doctor who understands these minute differences from patient to patient can treat warts or any other ailment successfully. Prognosis of homeopathy treatment varies from case to case

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