common warts

Common Warts: Causes And Treatment

Common warts are tiny, grainy skin growths which occur often on your hands or fingers and are one of the eight types of warts. They are usually rough to touch, they also feature a certain pattern of tiny black dots called seeds. Those seeds are small, clotted blood vessels. Common warts are usually transmitted by touch and are caused by a virus. 

Young adults, children, and individuals who have a weakened immune systems are likely to get common warts. After a certain period, common warts usually disappear on their own, but a lot of people choose to remove them because they find them embarrassing or bothersome.

common warts

Symptoms:

Common warts usually occur on your hands or fingers and symptoms may include:

  • White, pink, tan or flesh colored.
  • Grainy bumps which are small and fleshy.
  • Small sprinkled black pinpoints, with clotted blood vessels
  • Rough texture.

Causes of Common Warts

Common warts are usually caused by an infection with the Human PapillomaVirus (HPV). There are more than 100 types of human papillomavirus, but only a few cause warts on your fingers and hands. Other types of human papillomavirus are more likely to cause warts on your skin, feet and other areas of your mucous membranes. Most types of human papillomavirus usually cause relatively harmless conditions such as common warts.

Common warts are transmitted from skin-to-skin contact with individuals who have warts. If you have the infection, you can spread the virus to other places on your own body. Also, you can get the wart virus indirectly by coming in contact with something that another person’s wart touched, such as an exercise equipment or a towel. Common warts can be avoided by taking some general precautions. The common wart virus usually spreads through breaks in your skin, like scrape or  hangnail.

Treatment of Common Warts:

Common warts found on the skin are usually harmless and can disappear without even treating them. If you have genital warts, one should consult a doctor for further advice. In most individuals, warts may recur after treatment and multiple types of treatment may be necessary. Treatments may include:

Cantharidin

This medication is an extract of a blister beetle and applied to the infected skin. It usually forms a blister around the wart on the skin. After applying cantharidin, the area is covered, to avoid contamination. The blister removes or lifts the wart off the skin so the doctor can be able to remove the dead portion of the wart.

Wartrol

Wartrol is a very effective wart remover which you can use to treat common warts. Wartrol works like a vaccine and once applied on the affected area, it enters the bloodstream and produces anti bodies which helps to get rid of the warts. Wartrol also prevents future growth of warts.

Laser Surgery

This technique uses a laser to burn and destroy the wart tissue. It is not recommended for all cases and its highly advisable to treat this option as a last resort.

Freezing

Here, a doctor will use liquid nitrogen to freeze the common wart. After freezing a blister forms around the wart and later the dead wart tissue falls off within 7 days.

Minor Surgery

When it is impossible to remove warts by other therapies, surgery can be used to cut away the wart tissue. The base of the wart tissue will be destroyed using an electric needle or by deep freezing.

Other medications include Bleomycin. Bleomycin injection usually kills the virus in the wart tissue. Aldara, an immunotherapy drug which comes in the form of a cream, can also be used. Aldara is usually stated for genital warts specifically.

Common warts are not dangerous. If they are bothersome or seem to persist, seek medical attention. Inform your doctor if you have allergic reactions with certain chemicals.