“I was teased to bits at school today for having hands that look like bubble wrap,” says one online forum member. “I want to get rid of my warts, now.”
“For the last 5 or 6 years I have been getting warts on my hands,” says another. “I recently had one burned off, and in addition to a nasty scar, I now have two more on that hand and another on the other hand.”
Unsightly, stubborn growths that can appear most anywhere on the skin, warts can be embarrassing, irritating, and depressing. Here’s some more information on what causes them, and possible natural wart removal solutions that may work for you.
what are warts?
Warts are benign skin growths caused by viruses. Most come from the human papillomavirus (HPV), which infects the top layer of skin and causes it to grow rapidly, creating a wart. You can contract this virus if you cut or damage your skin in some way, and then touch someone else who has it. You can also catch the virus by sharing towels, razors, or other personal care items.
Though anyone can develop warts, some people are more at risk, particularly children and teens and people with a weakened immune system. There are several different kinds of warts—each looks different and will show up on different parts of the body.
Common warts: These most often occur on the hands, and are rough, dome-shaped, and gray-brown.
Plantar warts: These grow on the soles of the feet and are hard and thick with dark specks. They can be painful when you walk.
Flat warts: These can grow on the face, arms, and legs. They’re small, have flat tops, and may be light yellow, brown, or pink.
Filiform warts: These can grow on the face, usually around the mouth, nose, or chin. They are the same color as the skin, but they have thread-like growths sticking out of them.
Periungual warts: These occur under and around the fingernails and toenails.
Many times, warts will go away on their own, but sometimes they can be stubborn and stick around for much longer than you’d like.