Finger Warts – best removal practices, causes etc.
Common warts are the most likely type to appear on fingers (often near the nails). With their rough surface and well defined borders, common warts are firm and raised reminding us of tiny cauliflowers. Usually ranging in size from 2 mm to 10 mm wide (the size of a pencil eraser or smaller), common warts are firm and can be light gray, flesh-colored, yellow, brown or gray-black. These warts do not usually hurt.
The other type of warts that can be found on the hands are plane warts. They are round, flat and smooth and generally yellowish, brownish or skin color. They are also known as flat warts and are more common among young children.
Causes of finger warts
Warts are caused by the HPV virus (human papiloma virus) which has more than 40 different strains. A small cut or scratch in the skin allows the virus to gain access. Once you suspect you have a wart or your doctor has confirmed the diagnosis, the next decision is whether or not to treat it. While some warts do disappear on their own, they are contagious so it can be advisable to try to remove them. The stronger the immune system, the easier it is to treat a wart.
Best removal practices for finger warts
• Most over-the-counter medications from the pharmacy contain salicylic acid which is usually successful in eliminating warts within 3 months. However, this treatment can be harsh, causing the skin around the wart to become irritated, painful or blistered. It is important to protect the skin before application and to soak the wart in water for about 5 minutes. Rub dead tissue off the surface of the wart each week using a pumice stone or emery board. If the skin becomes sore, stop the treatment.
• Cryotherapy is a procedure where very cold liquid (such as nitrogen) is sprayed on to the wart, freezing it and destroying the cells. A blister develops, which eventually turns into a scab and falls off a week or so later. This treatment is carried out by a medical practitioner and may require a local anesthetic. There is a lower risk of any skin irritation. It is also possible to buy an over-the-counter spray with a similar result.
• Surgery is not likely to be used with finger warts unless the wart is very big and stubborn while laser treatment involves the use of a precise laser beam to destroy the wart – usually for warts that are hard to treat.
• Electrocautery employs an electric current to burn off the wart.
• Photodynamic therapy is a less well known procedure where the wart cells absorb a chemical. This chemical is activated by light to destroy the wart cells.
• Chemical treatments are available on prescription including formaldehyde, glutaraldehyde and podophyllin. Again because of the risk of damage, they should be applied only to the wart and not on the surrounding skin.
• The risk of burning and scarring can be avoided by using a healing natural oils product in the comfort of your own home – a safer, gentler option for warts removal.
Prevention of finger warts:
• Do not touch other people's warts.
• Avoid using towels, flannels or other personal items of those who have warts.
• Do not scratch your warts as they can spread to other parts of the body.
• Do not bite your fingernails if you have warts near them.
• Keep your hands as dry as possible but wash them thoroughly after touching a wart.
Picture of warts at the end of a finger. Warts can cluster and multiple warts appear as one wart. Warts can also spread to other fingers and to the palm or back of hand. H-Warts can help treat warts symptoms.
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