Skin warts are overgrowth of skin tissue which is often considered to be caused due to a human papillomavirus infection. Warts are usually harmless and differ in size and shape. Skin warts can affect any part of the body. While in general skin warts don’t require any form of treatment, however it is recommended to consult a dermatologist to rule out cancerous or precancerous lesions.
This article provides additional information about skin warts and the various home remedies that may be useful in the treatment of warts on the skin.
Warts on the skin are typical overgrowth of the skin, which are characterized by skin thickening.
Various epidemiological reports suggest that warts are more frequently observed in children between the age group of 12-16 years. About 30% of warts may resolve naturally within six months, while others may take as long as three years and often don’t require any treatment.
Studies have shown that the wart tissue usually contains DNA fragments from a virus called the human papilloma virus. There are over 100 different genetic types of this virus. This virus enters the skin due to direct contact with a person infected with the virus. Once into the skin the DNA modification tends to result in thickening of the skin and causes the formation of warts.
In general, a skin wart may take about one to eight months to develop after an exposure to the human papillomavirus.
Home Remedies To Get Rid Of Skin Warts
There are several effective home remedies that can help you deal with the problem of skin warts promptly.
- Cover the wart with several layers of an adhesive tape. Leave the wart covered for six days. Then remove the tape for about a day or so and then reapply the tape for six more days. You may need to repeat this for three or four times and ensure that the tape is creating an airtight environment. The virus cannot grow in an airtight and moist environment and the wart will fall off on its own.
- Local application of salicylic acid on the wart tissue is also helpful in the treatment of warts. However while using salicylic acid, it is important to protect the normal skin, since the acid can damage normal tissue.
- Local application of thuja mother tincture is also considered to have profound benefits. Local application of thuja not only prevents the formation of new warts but also helps in drying off of existing warts. Thuja can be taken internally in homeopathic doses to hasten the effect.