More common in kids than adults, warts are tiny, bumps on the surface of the skin. Warm, moist places are their favorite breeding ground; hence they are more likely to be found on cuts and lacerations on the fingers, hands and feet. They come in many sizes, colors and shapes.
Affecting around 1 in 10 children, warts are considered harmless despite being caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). However, being a virus at the end of the day, they are contagious and can spread by skin-to-skin contact. Also, depending on which part of the body they occur in, they can be unsightly.
Skin warts are embarrassing at the most, although plantar warts caused by a different strain of the same virus occur in the sole of the foot and can tend to get painful. It is not necessary to remove warts (via cryotherapy or laser) if they do not cause a problem. Most untreated ones can take between 6 months to 2 years to go away on their own. However, there are simple things one can do at home to prevent them from spreading.
- Encourage children to maintain hygiene – wash their hands and skin often and clean any open wounds with soap and water.
- Cover the wart with a small square of duct tape, only to be opened when a replacement is needed. Continue this procedure till the wart is gone.
- Some studies suggest rubbing a clove of garlic or high-potency manuka honey on the wart every night and covering it with bandage thereafter.
- Eat a healthy, balanced, immunity-boosting diet.
The problem with warts is that they are not only difficult to get rid of , but also tend to return and spread to other parts of the body. Unfortunately, these treatments destroy the warts only as opposed to eliminating the virus itself. As a child grows and develops his/her immunity, a marked improvement is noted in their frequency of occurrence.
Disclaimer: These home remedies are not to be regarded as a substitute for medicines in any way. Please refer to your medical practitioner for expert views on any health-related subject.