Warts are a major nuisance for many families, because they are so unsightly. Even worse, because they unjustifiably carry an association with uncleanliness, there is still a stigma attached to having them. Seven to 10 percent of the general population gets non-genital warts, so it is silly that this stigma continues. Without treatment, around 30 percent of warts disappear on their own in three months, and around 70 percent in two years. If you are anything like my children, you do not want to wait for warts to wane on their own, however. You want to know how to get rid of warts. Moreover, since warts are contagious and can spread to other parts of your body and other members of your family, it is inadvisable to leave them to heal over time. Luckily I found a great way to remove my kids’ warts quickly and effortlessly, and my family is now always wart-free.
What Are Warts?
Warts are skin growths that are caused by any of the dozens of human papilloma viruses (HPV.) The virus normally breaks through your skin and causes the top layer of skin to start growing into a rough, raised patch that resembles either a cauliflower or a hard blister.
There are many types of warts with different names, but the biggest difference between them is where they appear on your body.
- Common warts can appear anywhere on your body and have a rough surface.
- Flat warts are flat and flesh-colored and can appear almost anywhere.
- Plantar warts are black spotted and hard surfaced and sometimes painful. They occur mostly on the soles of your feet.
- Genital warts, unsurprisingly, appear on your genitals.
- When plantar warts appear in clumps on your hands or feet, they are normally called mosaic warts.
- The long shaped ones that tend to appear on your face are called filiform warts.
How Is the Virus Spread?
HPV strains are spread through contact with the body fluids of someone who already carries the virus. This includes sexual intercourse, especially from male to female. This is why the World Health Organization promotes the vaccination of teenage girls against the harmful strains before they become sexually active.
It is spread through contact with warts, especially if they touch part of your skin that is damaged and potentially open to being infiltrated. That is why it is important not to touch your children’s warts with your hands when you treat them. That is also why you should refrain from touching your face if you have a wart on your hands. One of your warts can infect another area on your own body.
HPV are robust viruses that can survive modafinil side effects many disinfectants. Consequently, if you touch a towel, shower mat, or other object that has touched another person’s wart, you can contract the virus. Common disinfectants like Savlon and clean alcohol can kill them, but only if they are exposed to the chemicals for at least one minute. Washing objects in boiling water and leaving it outside in sunlight can also kill the virus.
The tenacity of the virus is the main reason why kids pass it on to one another so easily in classrooms and on playgrounds.
Mothers can pass it on to their children in the womb.
If you are infected with the virus, you may not even know it, as it is often symptom-free, especially in adults. Children, teenagers, and people with weakened immune systems are more likely than anyone else to contract the virus and especially to grow warts.
Ineffective Remedies for Wart Removal
We know that Mark Twain’s fictional character Tom Sawyer was wrong. Dipping a wart in water that had collected in a tree stump at midnight, reciting a rhyme, doing a little dance, and walking home without saying a word obviously does not work. The 21st-century has several folk remedies too; we seem to be fascinated by the supposed healing remedies of substances in our kitchen cupboards. Unsurprisingly, these are probably no more effective than Tom Sawyer’s folk tales.
- Duct tape. Some people believe you can kill a wart by covering it with tape and keeping it covered for weeks. When researchers tested it by covering a group of study participants’ warts with pads consisting of moleskin and duct tape and another group’s with moleskin alone, they found that the warts of people with duct tape dissolved no faster than those of the people in the second group who had essentially received no treatment. It’s strange that people still believe this works, as a wart receives its oxygen and nutrients from inside your body, not from the air around you.
- One small, poorly designed study has given rise to the idea that hypnosis can cure warts. Some scientists have found that our immune systems work better when we are hypnotized twice a day, an effect that they attribute to the beneficial influence of relaxation. In a permanently stressed population that runs around nonstop all day, it should perhaps be unsurprising that those who relax more are healthier.
- Aloe vera. It might be a good wound healer, but there is no evidence suggests that it can heal warts. It is certainly not anti-viral, and no studies have been done that proved that it can remove abnormal skin layers like warts.
- Baking soda. You are supposed to mix it phentermine 37.5 mg for sale with water and apply the paste under a plaster. Not only does this mean you have to walk around with a plaster, but there is also no evidence that it works, or even a reason to suspect that it might.
- Dandelion sap. Grandpa Walton on “The Waltons” believed in this one, but no studies have confirmed that it works.
- Papaya, grapefruit, lemon juice, and pineapple juice. Vitamin |C is a good antioxidant that can protect your skin cells from free radical and sun damage, which is possibly why it has its reputation as working for warts too. The research doesn’t exist.
How to Get Rid of Warts: Scientific Remedies
Warts and the viruses that cause them are tough and difficult to destroy. Scientists have found some remedies to be relatively effective, but it is not unusual for afflicted people to try two or three treatments before the problem is solved. This is a partial list of possible remedies.
- While vaccines are available against some HPV strains, there are no vaccines for the strains that cause common, flat, and plantar warts. There are vaccines to boost your immune system against the strains that cause Cervical, vaginal, anal, and vulval cancers, and they can also stop some genital warts. While it is offered only very infrequently, scientists have discovered that the mumps-measles-rubella (MMR) vaccine completely heals 75 percent of warts and partly heals 17 percent of them by stimulating your immune system to attack the virus. The injection can have flulike side effects.
- Salicylic acid. This comes in solutions of 17 percent that are available over-the-counter without a prescription, and 55 percent that only doctors are allowed to administer. The 17 percent home solution should always be your first remedy of choice, as a large review of the scientific literature by researchers at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine has shown that home-applied salicylic acid and physician applied cryotherapy are equally effective. Another literature review by professionals at Ipswich Hospital found that salicylic acid was even more effective than cryotherapy. You can, therefore, save yourself a lot of time, money, effort, and stress by curing it at home instead of going to a doctor. Salicylic acid dissolves the protein (or keratin) of which warts consist, but it does not have any antiviral properties. If the virus is isolated in the wart only, it is eventually killed when the wart dies.
- One study found that a garlic extract could heal warts permanently. Other studies have demonstrated that fresh garlic extracts kill the human papilloma virus, which may explain why it works. It does not heal the wart itself, however, so it works best in combination with a substance like salicylic acid that does this.
- These are solutions that attempt to freeze warts. The over-the-counter version is normally around -90 °C (-57 °C) while the liquid nitrogen used by doctors are colder than -300 °f (-190 °C.) This destroys the wart tissue, rather than the virus itself. In fact, HPV is often stored alive in liquid nitrogen at that temperature to preserve it. Most research shows that it is no more effective than salicylic acid, but it is obviously worth trying in the cases where salicylic acid fails. Moreover, some studies have demonstrated that it is extremely effective, which suggests that some doctors may be better at administering it than others. It is a nuisance, however, because one treatment is seldom enough and it will, therefore, require repeated doctor’s visits. It can also trigger your skin to deposit too much or too little pigment on that spot, and aggressive treatment may cause painful blistering.
- Colloidal silver nitrate. This comes in the form of small silver particles dissolved in water. It is in a pencil for easy application and is available over-the-counter. While there are studies that show that it is moderately effective, colloidal silver has never been proved to be safe, according to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and the Food and Drug Administration. It is painful to apply, and in many people it has caused a condition called argyria, which is a permanent bluish-gray discoloration of big patches of skin.
- Imiquimod (Aldara) is an immune-stimulator that the Food and Drug Administration has approved for use on genital warts. As salicylic acid may burn your genitals buy viagra, this is probably the best option for genital warts. It is a topical cream that helps your immune system to fight the virus by promoting the production of the protein interferon. It works for genital warts, but has not been systematically tested on other wart types. Many dermatologists use it.
This is a chemical present in the blister beetle, and is also synthetically produced. You paint it on the wart, it forms a blister under the wart and, in a week or two, you can clip off the dead wart. It is painful when the blister forms, and it is difficult to clip off the wart without hurting your surrounding skin. For this reason, it is available in very few countries as an over-the-counter remedy. No properly randomly controlled scientific study has been performed, but some researchers have found that people whose physicians applied it once were free of their warts six months later, which is probably a better cure rate than no treatment at all would have achieved.
- Glutaraldehyde is included in many over-the-counter wart remedies as an agent that attacks the virus itself. There is no evidence that shows that it is more effective than salicylic acid, and it can interfere with your skin’s pigment and stain it brown.
- Formaldehyde is available over-the-counter as another substance that is meant to kill the virus. Research shows that it works no better than a placebo like water and sugar tablets.
- Cidofovir is a common anti-viral tablet or cream that is available on prescription only. In HIV-positive people, the cream has proved to be effective against genital warts where you cannot apply acids and other strong solutions to burn or cauterize the wart tissue.
- Zinc sulphate tablets work, but unfortunately researchers have tested it only on the strong solutions that are available on prescription only. If you want, you can try over-the-counter zinc sulphate. It is believed to be a general immune system booster.
- Retinoid creams have been found to eradicate 85 percent of warts in two months. This is good news, as the solutions tested were no stronger than those available over-the-counter. Retinoids seemed to work by disrupting abnormal cell division and growth and by boosting your immune system. This can also work for genital warts, as it is relatively gentle on the skin.
- Laser treatments seem to be fairly effective, but, as usual, you will have to pay for it yourself because medical insurers do not see warts as a serious health issue. You will have to budget for repeated treatments.
Wartrol is my family’s warts treatment of choice because it is so well trusted and effective. The company has made the product since 2002, which proves that it is not a fly by night scam. It is a salicylic acid-based treatment, so you can feel confident that it works. In fact, when you consider only home remedies, salicylic acid-based treatments are by far the best. In a large study and literature review commissioned and published by the National Library of Medicine in 2006, researchers concluded that the evidence that home administered cryotherapy/liquid hydrogen worked was thin on the ground, while there was a lot of evidence that home administered salicylic acid worked.
Wartrol is the best salicylic acid based treatment, as it includes not only the salicylic acid, but also a range of natural essential plant oils to heal your skin, and alcohols to make the solutions penetrate your skin deeply enough.
It is also cheaper than other salicylic acid-based treatments, because it is sold on the Internet and therefore has a small overhead and marketing budget.
Like other salicylic acid solutions, it is not suitable for genital warts. The label states this explicitly.
To apply it, soak your wart in warm water for five minutes. Then take an emery board or pumice stone and gently scrape on top of it to remove the dead cells. They are loose already, so don’t scrub hard. Apply the Wartrol with the brush that comes with it and a dry it for one minute. Leave it uncovered for the next 20 minutes. Whether you want to cover it the rest of the time is up to you. Do this once every day until the wart is gone. Take care to apply it on the wart only, not on the skin surrounding it, as this may cause redness and inflammation. Don’t worry if you have an accident, though, that skin reaction is almost always temporary.
Because warts are so difficult to eradicate, many people opt for a combination of two or more treatments. We used the Wartrol to destroy the wart tissue, and a garlic extract to inhibit the virus. We applied the Wartrol once a day, and the garlic extract three times a day. It is important that you stick to the schedule if you want it to work, because the effectiveness of any home treatment depends on it.
It is unnecessary to wait for warts to disappear on their own while you walk around disfigured. It is not necessary to visit doctors and dermatologists and pay for expensive treatments either. After thousands of studies, salicylic-based home solutions still stack up well against the expensive professional remedies. My family certainly found this to be the case. We are now wart-free. Try Wartrol and optionally an anti-viral agent. You will be very happy when you do.