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Warts Homeopathic Treatment



Warts are actually benign tumors of the epidermis caused by a virus. The virus responsible is the human papillomavirus (HPV), a double-stranded DNA virus. The virus resides in the bottom layer of the epidermis and replicates into almost normal-looking skin. Different sub-types of HPV cause different types of warts. Some human papillomavirus subtypes also cause cervical cancer and other more obscure types of wart-related cancers.


The Wart Root Myth


Contrary to popular belief, warts do not have "roots". They only grow in the top layer of skin, the epidermis. When they grow down, they displace the second layer of skin, the dermis. They do not grow into the dermis. The underside of a wart is actually smooth

Appearance of Warts

Warts normally grows out of the skin in cylindrical columns. These columns do not fuse when the wart grows on thin skin such as the face. On thicker skin, the columns fuse and are packed tightly together giving the surface the typical mosaic pattern. Black dots can sometimes be seen in a wart. These are actually blood vessels that have grown rapidly and irregularly into the wart and have thombosed or clotted off

 

Who Gets Warts ?

  • Warts can occur in people of all ages, but occur most commonly in children and young adults. They spread by direct contact, simply by touching the wart. Warts normally resolve spontaneously but the time it takes for this resolution is variable. Most warts resolve within weeks or months, but some may take years. It appears that a person's susceptibility to warts and the time it takes for them to go away is related to the individual's immune system. People who have immune-related diseases such as AIDS and lymphoma, or who are taking chemotherapy tend to have more warts that last longer
  • The main cause of warts is an infection by Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). This virus is generally contracted in swimming pools. There are almost 100 types of HPV virus. The Type 1, 2, and 3 causes most of the common warts. While the Type 1 HPV virus is associated with deep plantar and palmar warts, Type 2 causes common warts, filiform warts, plantar warts and mosaic plantar warts. On the other hand, Type 3 HPV virus causes plane warts, which are commonly known as flat warts

  • Skin growths caused by contact with the contagious human papillomavirus, warts can spread from person-to-person or via contact with an object used by a person with the virus Prevent the spread of warts by not picking them, covering them with bandages, and keeping them dry. In most cases warts are harmless, painless, and go away on their own

Types of Warts

Warts are classified depending on the location where they appear and type of HPV infection. There are 5 types of warts; they are as follows: Common warts

Common warts are small, hard, dome-shaped and typically grayish-brown warts. They are rough and may resemble a cauliflower, with black blotches inside, particularly when they enlarge. These black, seed-like dots are the blood vessels to the wart and hence are often referred as called 'seed' warts.

Areas affected They are more common where skin has been broken, for example where fingernails are bitten or hangnails picked. They usually grow on the fingers, around the nails and on the back of hands but may also be seen on the neck, knees and elbows.

Flat warts/juvenile wartFlat warts are smaller (about the size of a pinhead), have flat tops and are smoother than other warts. These may be pink, light brown, or yellow. They tend to grow in large numbers - 20 to 100 at any one time. Areas affected: They can occur anywhere (arms, knees, or hands), appearing most commonly on the face, particularly in children. In adults, they are often found in clusters around the beard area in men, probably due to irritation from shaving. In women, these generally appear on the legs.

Plantar wart These tend to be hard and flat with a rough surface and well-defined boundaries. Like common warts, these warts may have black dots that are actually abnormal capillaries, which ooze blood when the surface is shaved. When plantar warts grow in clusters, they are known as 'mosaic warts'. Areas affected: Plantar warts or 'Verruca' are usually on the soles (plantar area) of the feet and so are also called as 'Foot warts' or 'Verrucæ pedis'. Its location also gives them their Latin name 'Planta pedis', meaning the 'sole of the foot'.

Filiform wart: Filiform warts are by and large flesh-colored warts that resemble a human finger in shape. Areas affected: Eyes and nose are common sites where these grow but they may also appear on or around the mouth. Genital warts Genital warts too result due to infection with Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). They are one of the most widespread sexually transmitted diseases (STD) prevalent nowadays. Out of the 100 subtypes of HPV that have been identified, 30 of them are known to cause genital warts. Areas affected: These are named so because of the location at which they occur; they grow specifically on or around the genitals and the anus.

Genital Warts (HPV) Overview

Genital warts, sometimes referred to as condyloma acuminata, are flesh-colored or gray growths found in the genital area and anal region of both men and women. They represent the most common sexually-transmitted disease caused by a virus. The warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). Infection with genital warts may not be obviousGenital warts affect both men and women and can occur at any age

Most patients with genital warts are between the ages of 17-33 years. Genital warts are highly contagious. There is a 60% risk of getting the infection from a single sexual contact with someone who has genital warts

In children younger than three years, genital warts are thought to be transmitted by nonsexual methods such as direct manual contact. Nevertheless, the presence of genital warts in children should raise the suspicion for sexual abuse

 

Warts Causes :

  • Genital warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). Over 100 types of HPVs have been identified; about 40 of these types have the potential to infect the genital area
  • About 90% of genital warts are caused by two specific types of the virus (HPV-6 and -11), and these HPV types are considered "low risk," having a low cancer-causing potential. Other HPV types have been strongly associated with premalignant changes and cervical cancers in women. HPV-16 is responsible for about 50% of cervical cancers, and types 16, 18, 31, and 45 together accounts for 80% of cancers
  • Common warts are not the same as genital warts and are caused by different HPV types that infect the skin; the viral particles are able to penetrate the skin and mucosal surfaces through microscopic abrasions in the genital area, which occur during sexual activity. Once cells are invaded by HPV, a latency (quiet) period of months to years may occur
  • Generally, two-thirds of people who have sexual contact with a partner who has genital warts develop them within three months
  • Genital warts are indirectly associated with use of birth control pills due to increased sexual contact without the use of barrier protection, multiple sex partners, and having sex at an early age

 

Symptoms

Warts usually appear as rough elevations on the skin and come in various shapes and sizes. These are most commonly seen on the fingers, elbows, knees, face, scalp and soles of the feet. Common warts occur on the backs of the hands and on the fingers. Broken skin is a common place for these warts to grow. Foot warts cause a lot of pain and make it difficult to walk. Flat warts are those that occur in large numbers, in any part of the body. Genital warts, on the other hand, are amongst the most common sexually transmitted diseases (STD) affecting people today

Genital Warts Symptoms (HPV)

  • Although genital warts are painless, they may be bothersome because of their location, size, or due to itching
  • The size may range from less than one millimeter across to several square centimeters when many warts join together
  • Men and women with genital warts will often complain of painless bumps, itching, and discharge
  • Rarely, bleeding or urinary obstruction may be the initial problem when the wart involves the urethral opening (the opening where urine exits the body.)
  • Warts in more than one area are common
  • There may be a history of previous or concurrent sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

Specific descriptions

  • In men, genital warts can infect the urethra, penis, scrotum, and rectal area. The warts can appear as soft, raised masses with a surface that can be smooth (on the penile shaft) or rough with many fingerlike projections (anal warts). Others may appear pearly, cauliflower-like, or rough with a slightly dark surface. Most lesions are raised, but some may be flat with only slight elevation above the skin surface. Infection with HPV may be dormant or undetectable, with some lesions hidden by hair or in the inner aspect of the uncircumcised foreskin in males
  • In women, genital warts have a similar appearance and usually occur in the moist areas of the labia minora and vaginal opening. Lesions visible on the outer genitals warrant a thorough examination of the vaginal canal, cervix, and anorectal area. Most vaginal warts occur without symptoms. Rarely, women may experience bleeding after sexual intercourse, itching, or vaginal discharge.

Homoeopathic Treatment

  • Homeopathy treats the person as a whole. It means that homeopathic treatment focuses on the patient as a person, as well as his pathological condition. The homeopathic medicines are selected after a full individualizing examination and case-analysis, which includes the medical history of the patient, physical and mental constitution etc. A miasmatic tendency (predisposition/susceptibility) is also often taken into account for the treatment of chronic conditions

    Homeopathy offers an excellent and promising cure for warts. The beauty of the treatment is that the medicines are to be taken orally and there is no local application. This treatment, in turn, treats the ailment from within and in turn one get rid of warts for a long time, almost permanently

    Course of treatment

    The duration of treatment varies from patient to patient. The duration of treatment depends on the severity of warts and their chronicity. Approximately, within four months or so, one finds positive results. Warts which are many in number and have existed for more than five years may need longer course of medication

    Is it safe ?

    Homeopathic treatment is essentially safe and absolutely harmless, which may be taken along with any other medicine, if required

    Are there specific remedies for warts ?

    There are about 80 possible medicines for warts in homeopathy. Every patient with warts may require one of this group of medicines based on his individual symptoms. Only after a detailed case study, the correct remedy can be determined for any patients

 

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Dr. GURPREET SINGH MAKKAR is a dynamic homeopath from India(pb). He is an ardent student of classical Homeopathy. He is a registered doctor degree holder (B.H.M.S.) from Sri Guru Nanak Dev Homoeopathic medical college(S.G.N.D Barewal Ludhiana,PUNJAB, India.
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