Written by Slawomir (“Swavak”) Gromadzki, MPH
TYPES OF WARTS
– Common warts (Verruca vulgaris) are most often seen on the hands and present as rose-coloured papules with a rough surface. They represent 70 percent of non-genital cutaneous warts.
– Flat warts (Verruca plana) are most often seen on the backs of the hands and on the legs. They appear as smooth, flat-topped, yellow-brown papules.
– Intermediate warts are a combination of common and flat warts.
– Subungual and periungual warts appear under and around the fingernails or toenails.
– Plantar warts (Verruca plantaris) occur on the soles of the feet and look like very thick callouses.
– Mosaic warts are a plaque of closely grouped plantar warts.
– Genital warts are soft growths that appear on the genitals. They’re a sexually transmitted infection caused by specific strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV).
A wart or verruca (verrucas are a type of wart that affect the bottom of the feet) is a small, hard, benign growth on the skin, caused by more than 100 types of Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). Warts are contagious and are caused by contact with HPV.
Weak immune system (caused by chronic stress, lack of exercise, deficiency of zinc, vitamin D, magnesium, antioxidants and other essential nutrients, diet high in refined products, sugar, cheese, dairy, milk, unhealthy fats, use of antibiotics, etc.), poor hygiene, use of communal showers, meat.
In people with healthy immune systems, warts should disappear after month or two, sometimes longer as it depends on type of virus.
Treatment is not always needed as about 20% of warts disappear in one to three months, and 60% after up to two years without any treatment.
Common Treatment of Non-Genital Warts includes topical use of Salicylic Acid, Cryotherapy (destroys the wart by freezing it with liquid nitrogen), shaving surface of the wart and applying trichloroacetic or bichloracetic acid, cutting warts away using an electric needle, laser surgery.
Common Treatment of Genital Warts include imiquimod (Aldara, Zyclara), podophyllin and podofilox (Condylox), burning warts with trichloroacetic acid, surgical removal, cryotherapy, laser treatments.
– One of the best ways to prevent and heal warts is by focusing on immune system boosters. For any type of warts take 30-50mg of Zinc citrate (citrate shouldn’t cause nausea), 10,000 IU of Vitamin D3 after breakfast, 400mg of Magnesium citrate before breakfast and before bed every day to boost your immunity. Selenium (200 micrograms daily) is also important as its deficiency helps viruses to replicate.
– Other supplements you can use internally to prevent and fight viruses include: Garlic Max, Bee Propolis, Astragalus, Probiotics, Echinacea, Methylcobalamin (sublingual Vitamin B12), Vitamin C, Olive leaf extract (500 milligrams twice daily), Pau d’Arco, Turmeric, or Cat’s claw.
– Astragalus extract: Effective energy and immune system booster with powerful antiviral properties. A 2012 study displayed its ability to control T-helper cells 1 and 2, essentially regulating the body’s immune responses. As a result of taking astragalus extract the macrophages and the natural killer cells of the immune system have a markedly enhanced ability to fight intruders (five- to six-fold!). According to Dr. Randy Horwitz, Medical Director at the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, “Astragalus has been found to have both antiviral and immune-enhancing properties. Research shows that the 50 or so different compounds in astragalus work by stimulating immune cells, such as T-cells, phagocytes, and macrophages, to fight off disease. In Asia, it’s even given to cancer patients.”
– For non-genital warts place 2 to 3 drops of Tea tree essential oil on the wart. Cover the surrounding wart skin with a thin layer of raw coconut oil and apply a thin slice of fresh raw garlic (you can use banana peel if you don’t have garlic), place it over the wart and tape in place before bed. Repeat the procedure every day for at least 2 weeks. Dying wart should turn black.
– Duct tape has been shown in studies to be more effective in removing warts than cryotherapy. For non-genital warts cover the wart with silver duct tape for a week, soak the wart in water after that, gently remove dead wart tissue, and apply the tape again for a week. Repeat the procedure until the wart is gone. Or you can do it in this way: Cover the wart or verruca with a small piece of duct tape for about 7 days, uncover it, soak, file it with a pumice stone or emery board to remove dead tissue. Repeat the process for up to two months or until the wart is gone.
– Bee Propolis. Some people have found success applying bee propolis directly to the wart several times a day or applying it at night and covering until morning.
– For non-genital warts take 30-50mg of Zinc citrate (citrate shouldn’t cause nausea) after breakfast every day to boost your immunity. Use also an ointment containing Zinc oxide applying it to the wart.
– For external genital warts, apply liquid Vitamin A (or Beta-carotene) to the warts twice daily.
– For plantar warts, mix 3 drops of Oregano essential oil, 3 drops of Frankincense essential oil and a teaspoon of raw Coconut oil. Apply the mixture at least two times a day directly on the wart and surrounding area for a month or until the wart is gone.
– For genital warts, mix few drops of frankincense essential oil with the same amount of tea tree essential oil and apply topically two times a day for a month.
– Mix baking powder and coconut oil, olive oil or castor oil into a paste, apply to the wart, cover with a bandage and leave overnight. Repeat every day until the wart is gone.
– Avoid homeopathic remedies.
Don’t scratch warts and never try to cut off or physically remove them on your own as they can spread extremely easy producing more warts.
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