The Truth About Warts

To be honest, warts are a cumbersome affliction. They do not cause us physical pain, they are like weeds that are seemingly harmless but when left alone they multiply and quickly spread out. Warts can affect any part of your body, the worst kinds are probably those that occupy a visible place like your face. It can cause trauma for people if they have a severe case of warts and it occupies a large portion of their faces. Some people isolate themselves or are isolated because of it. To a certain degree, being wary of warts is expected and understandable, warts after all are contagious. It is a viral infection and thus it can be spread from one person to another, via towels, sponges and anything that comes in skin contact with the infected person. That is why it is very important to not borrow or let anyone borrow personal belongings, especially one meant for personal use.

Genital Warts

One of the worse kind of warts are genital warts. Genital warts are found around the vagina, penis and even in the perianal area and yes, on the anus as well. They are transmitted when one has sexual intercourse, be it oral, genital or anal sex, with somebody who is carrying the virus. They infect others even if the person you come in contact with through sex only has a latent form of the virus.

Warts and Molluscum Contagiosum

In addition and for information purposes, warts often look similar to a molluscum contagiosum (MC) and it can be confusing to tell one over the other. Both are viral infections but the latter is caused by a molloscum contagiosum virus while the former is caused by the human papillomavirus. MC is described as pearly and dome-shaped with a light color while warts have different types and vary in description. For example the filiform wart, looks similar to a finger and usually found on the eyelids while a flat wart, as its name suggests, is flat and smooth.

Treatment For Warts

Warts can be treated using medications like podophyllum resin paint, imiquimod, cantharidin, bleomycin, salycilic aid, fluorouracil, or trichloroacetic acid warts. Besides medications, others also have the option of undergoing certain procedures to remove warts like keratolysis, electrodessication, cryosurgery, surgical curettage, laser treatment, infrared coagulator, injection of antigens, or hypnodermatology.

The methods mentioned above are not your only options, however, you can also opt for over the counter drugs like cimetidine or do a self-help intervention like performing duct tape occlusion therapy. Regardless of what method you choose, it is always best to consult your physician first before doing anything to avoid any complications that may occur because of ignorance or negligence.