Warts- Symptoms, Treatment, Homeopathic Remedies
Using Homeopathy for Warts
The common wart (in Latin, verruca vulgaris) is a variety of skin growth that occurs in many places on the body but especially on hands and fingers and knees. Like all warts, it is caused by a virus in the human papillomavirus (HPV) family, which comprises over a hundred different viruses. The virus, which is contagious (though quite often only one family member will be afflicted, so the communicability level is quite low), causes a rapid growth of cells on the outer skin layer. These skin tumors are common in children and younger adults, but can occur at any age. The textures and shape of this type of wart is nodular, domed, firm, fleshy, grainy, rough to the touch, flesh colored (white, pink, or tan) but sometimes brown or grey, and with a corrugated surface.
Common warts often disappear with time (most within two years), but the problem can be recurrent and persistent. They are neither painful nor precancerous but can be cosmetically embarrassing and cause mild discomfort. Treatment is indicated to prevent them from spreading to other areas of the body or other people. Using the same towel, for example, can be a means of transmission, but some people are more susceptible to infection than others. Warts can crack, bleed, or become infected, but the biggest problem is proliferation, where new ones appear even as old ones are eliminated or fade.
Other warts that are often grouped with common warts (but are caused by different varieties of HPV) include flat or plane warts that generally occur on the face and legs, often in profusion; plantar warts that occur on the bottom of the foot; periungual warts that occur under or around the nails; mosaic or seed warts, which occur in large numbers, often on the feet; and filiform warts that consist of a single long, stalklike growth, frequently on the face. Genital warts, which are highly communicable, are considered a separate category from common warts.
Conventional Treatment Treats the Symptoms Not the Cause
Standard treatment for common warts includes freezing with liquid nitrogen (cryotherapy/cryosurgery) and applying cantharadin, which is extracted from the blister beetle. For more intractable warts, minor surgery - "electrodessication and curettage" - and laser surgery are common treatments. There are also several other invasive treatments involving the injection of substances into the wart. Sometimes multiple treatments are required to rid someone of common warts.
Risks associated with such treatments include nail-bed or nerve damage, and some pain, from the freezing process (as well as its fearsomeness for children); painful blistering when cantharadin is used; pain from injecting anesthetics during surgery, or scarring afterwards; and the high expense and possible scarring associated with laser surgery.
Homeopathy Matches Your Individual Symptoms to a Homeopathic Remedy So You Feel Better Right Away
Home remedies include applying preparations (drops, gels, pads, and plasters) with a minimum of 17% salicylic acid, but this often involves irritating the area of the wart. There is even a duct tape-based approach to eliminating warts, but its efficacy is questionable and the technique is difficult to administer properly. The use of strong doses of Vitamin A applied directly on the wart is advocated by some.
As a rule, patience is essential when addressing a common wart problem.
Homeopathic treatment holistically assesses the person who has common warts and determines whether some weaknesses in the immune system need to be addressed as part of the cure. Depending on the precise nature of the warts as well as the overall physical disposition of the sufferer, homeopathic remedies for common warts include Antimonium Crudum (Antim-c), Calcium Carbonate (Calc-c), Sulphur (Sul), Belladonna, Causticum, Silicea, Thuja, Natrum Muriaticum (Nat-Mur.) The in-depth assessment of the patient is done so a correct homeopathic remedy can be chosen that will treat the whole person, not just the afflicted region. An experienced, competent homeopath will choose a homeopathic remedy that will alleviate the warts' intensity and frequency easily.