Natural and herbal remedies for the treatment of common and plantar warts.
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- Common warts: Common warts most often develop on the backs of the hands, on the fingers and around the nails. They have a rough appearance and the blood vessels grow in the wart look like black dots. These warts tend to appear where the skin has been broken, for instance where fingernails are bitten.
- Plantar (Foot) warts: Plantar (foot) warts are usually found on the bottom of the foot (soles) and look like hard, thick patches of skin with dark colored dots. They are extremely painful when walking and often feels as though there are stones in your shoes.
- Flat warts: Flat warts usually appear on the face, but may also appear on other parts of the body such as arms, hands or knees. They have flat tops and can be pink, light brown or light yellow. They tend to grow in clusters, as many as 20 to 100 at a time. Flat warts usually occur in children, appearing on their faces. In adults, flat warts may develop on the legs of women and in the beard area of men.
- Filiform warts: Filiform warts are long, narrow, protruding growths that usually appear around the eyelids, face, neck, mouth, lips or underarms. They are the same color as your skin. These types of warts tend to itch or bleed.
- Periungual warts: Periungual warts are found under and around the toenails and fingernails. They look like rough, uneven bumps. They can affect nail growth by causing the nail to lift or become detached.
- Genital warts: Genital vary in size – they may be small, flesh-colored bumps or they may be so tiny that are not even visible to the eye. In men, they appear between the penis and the scrotum or near the anus. In women, genital warts may develop in the vagina, on the cervix, vulva and perineal area.
- Practice good personal hygiene by washing your skin regularly
- Eat a healthy, well balanced diet that contains fresh fruit, vegetables and whole grains to boost your immune system
- Drink lots of water, at least eight glasses to flush out toxins
- Clean wounds, cuts or scrapes with soap and water or disinfectant to prevent infections or warts developing
- Avoid touching, rubbing, scratching or picking at warts as you may spread the virus to another part of the body
- Cover warts with a bandage and avoid biting your nails
- Wear waterproof sandals or flip-flops in public showers, locker rooms or around public pools to protect against infections such as athlete’s foot
- Wear open-toe sandals or shoes to allow feet to breathe
- Always use a latex condom during sexual intercourse to prevent warts from being transmitted to the cervix
- Change socks and shoes daily and keep feet clean and dry
- Apply medicated foot powder in your socks to keep feet dry