Warts are common, harmless skin growths (small epidural tumors of the skin) caused by a virus. They do not have “roots” or seeds as many believe; the dark specks sometimes seen in warts are actually the ends of capillaries.
Warts are one of the most common skin problems seen in children, and are usually self-limiting.
Warts are small, sometimes large (size of pea) fleshy growths, over the skin on any part of body. They are auto inoculable and contagious. Their appearance can differ based on the type of wart and its location.
They can affect any age. In some cases they may disappear by themselves with in 6 months or years, but some warts do not go away on their own. Although they are usually painless but can bleed and cause pain when bumped up.
Causes of warts
Human papilloma virus (DNA virus). It enters via direct skin with infected person. The incubation period is 1-8 months.
Types of warts
Juvenile warts – seen in children at back of hands. Smooth, small and flat topped papules of skin color
Verruca vulgaris – they appear especially on hands and feet. Their surface is rough and hyperkeratotic.
Filiform warts – they are finger like growths, slender and thin found on the face and neck
Planter or palmer warts – these occur on palms and soles of feet, they become flat due to pressure but are deep in skin. They are hard sometimes painful lumps, often with multiple black spaces in the centre.
Genital warts – found in sexually active people. They are single or multiple, white, pink, moist or slightly hyper pigmented resembles cauliflower
Occupational warts – they are papillomatous or dome shaped deep warts with smooth surface found on dorsum and palmer aspect of hands. Common in butchers and fish handlers.
Assessment of warts
Slightly raised above the skin surface, common warts are growths that can be very small, or can be large and clustering.
They usually occur on the hands, but they can also seen on the face, knees, and elbows. They are usually elevated, flesh-colored single papules with scaly; irregular surface. This type is usually asymptomatic and multiple in numbers, planter warts occur on the soles of the feet.
They are often surrounded by a color of hardened skin, and they can cause pain with walking. Warts that are not raised or rough are called flat warts and are often seen on the face, neck, and extremities.
Genital “moist” warts are single or multiple soft masses that usually appear around the anus, the vagina, or the penis. Occasionally, they can obstruct the urethral meatus or vaginal introitus.
The incubation period for genital warts ranges between 6 weeks and 6 months, although much longer periods are possible. The virus is transmitted predominantly through sexual . These are usually asymptomatic, but they can itch, burn, or cause local pain. When untreated, venereal warts resemble cauliflower masses.
Cure for warts
Homeopathy is one of the most popular holistic systems of medicine. The selection of remedy is based upon the theory of individualization and symptoms similarity by using holistic approach.
This is the only way through which a state of complete health can be regained by removing all the sign and symptoms from which the patient is suffering.
The aim of homeopathy is not only to treat underlying disease but to address its underlying cause and individual susceptibility.
As far as therapeutic medication is concerned, several well-proved medicines are available which have a very important role in cure for warts that can be selected on the basis of cause, location, sensation, modalities and extension of the complaints.
For individualized remedy selection and treatment, the patient should consult a qualified homeopathic doctor in person. Few important homeopathic medicines are given below which are helpful in cure for warts:
Thuja – head remedy to treat warts; wart like excrescences on back of head, on chin, etc. Flat black warts, large seedy, pedunculated; sometimes oozing moisture and bleeding readily. Family tendency of warts, whichare cauliflower-like in shape, occur in crops, are moist to touch and bleed easily.
Calcarea Carb – small, horny warts in large numbers with itching and stinging; inflamed; ulcerated; itching; bleed easily and soft and spongy and have a stinging sensation. Patients are often fat and flabby; shy children who may be aggressive and obstinate with immediate family but averse to strangers. Profuse perspiration, recurring cold and chilly patient.
Sulphur – hard, painful, throbbing, itching warts. History of skin eruptions that were suppressed. Dirty skin; lack of hygeine yet the patient remains oblivious to how he/she is looking. They still feel they look good. Over confidence is a common trait in patients requiring Sulphur.
Sepia – warts on margin of prepuce; on the body. Flat warts on face and back of hands. Large black warts that have hair growing from them. Often a female patient with lots of cares and worries; anxiety especially for children and husband. Overworked females may show indifference and uterine prolapse.
Causticum is effective when the warts are solid, flat on the surface of the neck, face, eyelids, and tip of nose and on the fingers. Soft at base, horny on surface. Patient craves salt food and has a sympathetic nature; unable to tolerate any kind of perceived injustice to anyone.
Dulcamara is useful when warts are on the back of hands, large in size, fleshy and smooth to touch. Patient is obstinate in nature and aggravated by damp and cold environment.
Ferrum picricum heals warts which appear on the palms and are painful, or occur on the soles of feet and are known as corns, and are yellow in color.
Acidum nitricum is for pendunculated warts that bleed easily, are painful and large in size. Patient has desire for meat, is easily affected by cold, has offensive perspiration and violent anger.
Antimonium crud is indicated in cases of hard warts accompanied by the formation of a callus. Children eat a lot, have white coating on tongue, are aggravated by sun and can be shy and cross. They often have thick skin.
Natrum carbonicum is the remedy that is used in case of weeping, ulcerated warts, occurring on the tips of the toes. Natrum carb patients are often aggravated by sun and may have history of cancer in the family.
Natrum muriaticum is indicated for warts that occur on palms having a propensity towards sweating. Natrum mur patients are introvert in general. They are aggravated by heat, have profuse perspiration, are thirsty and crave salty food.