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What Are Warts?

What Are Warts?

Do you notice flesh-colored bumps that are rough on your hands and feet?

These are called common and plantar warts (Verruca Vulgaris and Verruca Plantaris)

They are a kind of virus that belongs in the family of Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) that can be acquired from skin contact. 

Soaking your hands in water, handling meat frequently, and walking barefoot in public areas can increase your risk of catching a common and plantar wart.

They can linger for as long as they want to and can even show up months after catching them.

If you look closely, you may notice black dots on the surface, which are actually small blood vessels.

Just like any other virus, they are easily caught when your immune system is down. Meaning, when you are stressed, not eating enough, and infected with a different kind of virus.

  1. How can you remove them?

At home, you can start by following these steps daily until the wart disappears:

  1. Soak your hands or feet in water for 5 to 10 minutes.
  2. Dry.
  3. Apply Salicylic Acid. 
  4. Cover with a bandage for 24 hours.

If the wart keeps on coming back, you need to see your dermatologist for possible cryotherapy, Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Laser, or electrocautery.

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Dr. Ellie Reyes

About the Author: Dr. Elli Reyes is a specialist of Aesthetic Medicine from the Philippines. With over four years of specialized training, her aesthetic practice has involved a variety of skin treatments involving Botox, fillers, and the like. As a licensed physician, she has been engaged by multiple clinics and is regularly interviewed by the local media as an expert in the science of the skin. Her research and writings to date have centered on nutrition, functional health, and general beauty.

 

 

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