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Warts on Fingers

Warts on fingers occurs mostly in people and are cured easily.

What are Warts?

These small, noncancerous growths appear when your skin is infected with one of the many viruses of the human papillomavirus (HPV) family.

The virus triggers extra cell growth, which makes the outer layer of skin thick and hard in that spot. While they can grow anywhere you have skin, you’re more likely to get one on your hands or feet. The type of wart depends on where it is and what it looks like.

How they occur and who can suffer from it?

Because each person’s immune system responds differently to the virus, not everyone who comes in contact with HPV will get a wart.

If you cut or damage your skin in some way, it’s easier for the virus to take hold.

That’s why people with chronic skin conditions, such as eczema, or who bite their nails or pick at hangnails are prone to getting warts.

Kids and teens get more warts than adults because their immune systems haven’t built up defenses against the many types of HPV.

People with weakened immune systems like those with HIV or who are taking biologic drugs for conditions like RA, psoriasis, and IBD are also more susceptible to getting warts because their body may not be able to fight them off.

How do they spread?

Warts are highly contagious and are mainly passed by direct skin contact, such as when you pick at your warts and then touch another area of your body.

You can also spread them with things like towels or razors that have touched a wart on your body or on someone else’s. Warts like moist and soft or injured skin.

 Some strains of HPV are acquired through sexual contact.

Each person’s immune system responds to the HPV virus differently, so not everyone who comes in contact with HPV develops warts.

Types of Warts

There are different types of warts that i am mentioning here,

Common Warts

These flesh-colored growths are most often on the backs of hands, the fingers, the skin around nails, and the feet. They’re small — from the size of a pinhead to a pea — and feel like rough, hard bumps. They may have black dots that look like seeds, which are really tiny blood clots. Typically they show up where the skin was broken, perhaps from biting your fingernails.

Flat Warts

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The upside of these warts is that they’re smaller (maybe 1/8 inch wide, the thickness of the cord that charges your phone) and smoother than other types. The downside? They tend to grow in large numbers — often 20 to 100 at a time. Flat warts tend to appear on children’s faces, men’s beard areas, and women’s legs.

Plantar Warts

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Does it feel like you have pebbles in your shoe? Check the soles of your feet. These warts got their name because “plantar” means “of the sole” in Latin. Unlike other warts, the pressure from walking and standing makes them grow into your skin. You may have just one or a cluster (called mosaic warts). Because they’re flat, tough, and thick, it’s easy to confuse them with calluses. Look for black dots on the surface.

Filiform Warts

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These fast-growing warts look thread-like and spiky, sometimes like tiny brushes. Because they tend to grow on the face — around your mouth, eyes, and nose — they can be annoying, even though they don’t usually hurt.

Genital Warts

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As you might expect, you get these by having sex with someone who has them. They may look like small, scattered, skin-colored bumps or like a cluster of bumps similar to a little bit of cauliflower on your genitals. And they can spread, even if you can’t see them. Don’t try to get rid of genital warts yourself; they can be hard to treat.

Other types of HPV that could cause cancer may be passed sexually, too, including through oral and anal sex.

How long they last?

Over time, your body will often build up a resistance and fight warts off. But it may take months or as many as 2 years for them to disappear. In adults, warts often stick around even longer, perhaps several years or more. Some warts won’t ever go away. Doctors aren’t sure why some do and others don’t.

How they are treated?

Most warts are harmless, and you don’t need to do anything – unless, of course, they’re painful or embarrassing. Waiting for warts to go away could backfire, though: A wart might get bigger, new warts may appear, or you could give them to someone else.

The best treatment depends on your age and health and the type of wart. But there’s no cure for HPV, so some of the virus might stay in your skin after the wart is gone and reappear later.

Warts can be treated through homeopathic medicines more precisely. Homeopathic medicines kills the virus completely. So, there are very less chances that they will reappear again.

Duct Tape

Yes, you may be able to get a remedy for warts at the hardware store! Study results are mixed, but covering warts with duct tape may peel away layers of skin and irritate it to kick-start your immune system. Soak, sand, and put duct tape on the area (use silver stuff because it’s stickier). Remove and re-do the process every 5-6 days until the wart is gone. If it works for you, the wart should be gone within 4 weeks.

Peeling Products

Over-the-counter gels, liquids, and pads with salicylic acid work by peeling away the dead skin cells of the wart to gradually dissolve it. For better results, soak the wart in warm water, then gently sand it with a disposable emery board before you apply the product. Be sure to use a new emery board each time. Be patient — it can take several months. Peeling products can cure Warts on Fingers.

Cryosurgery

For adults and older children with common warts, your doctor will likely want to freeze them off with liquid nitrogen. (Because the nitrogen is so cold, it can cause a stabbing pain for a little while, which is why it’s not used for small children.) You’ll probably need more than one session. It works better when you follow up with a salicylic acid treatment after the area heals. Cryosurgery can cause light spots on people who have dark skin. Cryosurgery can remove warts on fingers.

Cantharidin

“Painting” a wart with this liquid makes a blister form underneath it, lifting it off the skin. When the blister dries (after about a week), the wart comes off with the blistered skin. Cantharidin is often the way to treat young children because it doesn’t hurt at first, though it may tingle, itch, burn, or swell a few hours later.

Burning and Cutting

Doctors may use one or both of these methods after they numb the area.

Electrosurgery burns the wart with an electric charge through the tip of a needle. It’s good for common warts, filiform warts, and foot warts. Your doctor could also use a laser.

Curettage is scraping off the wart with a sharp knife or small, spoon-shaped tool. Another option is excision, slicing the wart off or cutting it out with a sharp blade. Burning and cutting can help to remove warts on fingers.

Laser Therapy

Your doctor may use a pulsed-dye laser to cauterize the blood vessels in the wart. This kills the tissue and causes the wart to fall off. Scarring may sometimes occur. Laser therapy can remove warts on fingers.

Homeopathic treatment of warts

Calcarea carbonica: Calcarea carbonica is indicated in warts which may be fleshy, horny, painful, and offensive. Patient is usually chilly, lazy and indolent, and fearsome.

Causticum: Causticum is indicated in old, pedunculated warts, suppurating with great sensitivity to touch. Hard, horny warts that bleed easily. Deep burns and their effects. Patient is sympathetic and anxious.

Dulcamara: Dulcamara is indicated in flat and hard warts located on backs of hands and face. Also indicated in Homeopathic management of large warts. Patient is worse in cold, damp weather, or humidity.

Natrum muriaticum: Warts on palms and fingers. Patient is sensitive, sentimental, reserved, and resentful. They also have marked craving for salt.

Nitric acidum: Nitric acidum is large, fissured warts that itch and sting or bleed upon washing. This remedy is also indicated for people who are anxious about health and worry about cancer. Often useful for warts that have a horny wall surrounding a central depression or the more common plantar wart.

Thuja occidentalis: The most common homeopathic remedy for various kinds of warts. Thuja is indicated in isolated, jagged warts that smell or bleed easily or mosaic warts on the sole of the foot. It is commonly needed for genital warts.

Thuja occidentalis- Homeopathic Medicine

Prevent Warts on your hand by following tips

  • Avoid touching warts on other people and on yourself.
  • Cover any minor cuts or scrapes on your hands.
  • Keep your hands clean.
  • Maintain healthy habits in crowded areas, such as public transportation vehicles.
  • Avoid biting your nails or the hangnails that can form around them.
  • Wear shoes or sandals in public showers and pool areas.

If you do get a wart, treat it immediately to stop it from spreading.

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