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Warts: causes, symptoms & homeopathic treatment!
Warts: causes, symptoms & homeopathic treatment

It is day 23 of #BlogchatterA2Z and as “W”, I am excited to share important information about a disease that starts from “W”. 

As “W”, I am talking about wart? What are warts? What are causes and symptoms associated with warts? And what are the homeopathic remedies that works best is treating wart? Read the post to know more! 

What is wart? 

As per definition, wart is a small growth on the skin or on the mucous membrane caused by HPV (human papilloma virus). It is a common condition that affect large number of populations worldwide. Usually, it is a non-dangerous and treatable condition. In 65% of cases, wart disappears on their own without any treatment and did not cause any other residual symptoms behind.  

Causative factor 

Wart is caused by infection of HPV (Human papilloma virus) by either direct contact and by person-to-person contact. It takes usually 3-6 weeks of time to develop the symptoms after getting infected with HPV.  people with weakened immune system are more prone to get infected by HPV. Also, kids and teenagers are at higher risk of developing warts as they may not have developed immunity against virus.  

People who are suffering from chronic diseases like diabetes and those who have weakened immune system due to HIV infection (AIDS patients) are more prone to get affected by HPV infection.  

Wart patients may have a history of visit to spa or saloon. The lack of maintenance of hygiene factors (Towels, sponge etc.) may cause HPV infection.  

Types of warts 

There are different types of warts. As per their location and other characteristics, here are some common types of wart present.  

Warts type as per their location 

  • Common wart: they can affect any part of skin, mostly on fingers and toes. 
  • Planter wart: grows on the soles of the feet. 
  • Mosaic wart: when planter warts form in cluster, they called mosaic warts.  
  • Oral wart: they appear anywhere in the oral cavity or on the lips.  
  • Dorsal wart: located on back of hand. 
  • Facial wart: located on face 
  • Genital wart: located on genital parts and usually a history of STD (sexually transmitted disease) is present.  
  • Periungual and subungual: they are present under or around finger nails and toe nails 

Warts types as per their appearance 

  • Filiform wart: they have a thread like appearance and grow with a fast rate. 
  • Flat wart: they are smaller in size and smoother than other type of warts 
  • Pedunculated (Cauliflower like) wart: they are flesh-colored and can be flat or look bumpy like cauliflower. They appear on head, neck, scalp and on  beard. 

Symptoms 

Usually, wart appear as an over growth or bump on skin and vary in appearance. They may appear as a single large wart or group of small, multiple warts. They also have different shape and colors such as flat, granular, rough or dome shaped. May have gray, flash colored, white, pink or skin color. In most of the cases, they are painless but, in some cases, they may have associated symptoms like pain and itching. Cosmetic reasons (ugly looking) are most prominent cause for people to seek treatment for warts.  

Diagnosis  

The diagnosis is made mostly by physical examination only and there is no need to conduct any other specific tests (lab or x-ray) for conforming the diagnosis of wart. But in case of genital wart, it is more serious as it could be a sign of cancerous growth. Specially in female, it could be a sign of cervical cancer. In those cases, doctor performs other tests like biopsy to confirm the diagnosis and rule out the possibility of cancerous condition.  

Traditional treatment 

Traditional treatment of wart consists of various methods such as: 

  • Use of over-the-counter medication, wart removal cream that contain salicylic acid. 
  • Laser therapy, that involves use of laser light to heat and destroy tiny blood vessels inside the wart.  
  • Cryotherapy that involves freezing the wart by using liquid nitrogen.  
  • Surgical removal  
  • Immunotherapy 

Here is an infographic to understand the traditional treatment of warts.  

Treatment of warts
Treatment of warts

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Alarming signs 

As I had mentioned earlier that usually wart get cured by themselves and did not cause any other serious symptoms except the cosmetic appearance. But there are some alarming sings of symptoms of wart that require immediate medical attention such as:  

  • Wart with other associated symptoms such as pain, bleeding and itching.  
  • When you are not sure it is wart and have a concern that it may be a sign of other serious disease like cancer.  
  • Sudden appearance of large number of warts on various part of body.  
  • No response to over-the-counter medication or other home treatment.  
  • Genital wart as they could be a symptom of cervical cancer (in female) or symptom of other STD (sexually transmitted disease) in males.  
  • If you are suffering from any immuno-deficiency disorder like AIDS or other chronic disorder like diabetes. In those cases, it may require extra care and expert treatment to treat wart.  

Homeopathic treatment 

Homeopathy is one of the good treatment option for treating wart. Unlike, traditional treatment homeopathic treatment did not work only on local cause and affecting location. It involves treating person as a whole. A qualified homeopathic expert takes a detail case taking to know the individual symptoms (physical, mental and emotional) to find out the most similar remedy that match with the patient’s symptoms.  

The success rate of treatment is depending on Multiple factors such as patient’s age, duration of disease, other associated symptoms etc.  

When there is perfect matching of symptoms (patient’s symptom+ remedy symptoms), patient get quick and fast relief in their wart symptoms.  

Here are some key remedies that gives a good result in treating wart.  

Thuja occidentalis 

Thuja Occ 200
Thuja Occ 200

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Thuja is “King of anti-psychotic “remedy in homeopathic. It means it works great in treating any kind of skin over-growth in body.  it is one of the top-grade remedy for treating all kinds of warts. It is used as a “general remedy” to relive wart symptoms. Though it is useful for all kinds of warts but has a special efficacy in treatment of cauliflower like warts and warts that located on genital parts. Patient also has an unhealthy skin and a family history of warts. Skin has great sensitivity to touch and complain get worse by cold weather and cold application.  

Dose: 200c potency, 2 drop or 5-6 globules, 2-3 times a day 

Causticum  

causticum 200
Causticum 200

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Causticum is another important remedy for treating warts. It is especially useful in case of large, jagged, old and pedunculated warts. And also work great in treating warts that located on face, nose, eyelids and on finger nails. These warts usually have a same color as skin. 

Dose: 200c potency, 2 drop or 5-6 globules, 2-3 times a day 

Dulcamara 

dulcamara 200
Dulcamara 200

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Dulcamara is another useful remedy for treating warts. It is more commonly used for warts located on back of hand (dorsal warts).  warts are large and smooth. And complain get worse by cold damp weather.  

Dose: 200c potency, 2 drop or 5-6 globules, 2-3 times a day 

Acid nitricum  

acid nitricum 200
Acid nitricum 200

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Acid nitricum is especially useful for treating large and fissured or gold-yellow warts that has itching and painful sensation. These warts also have a sting like sensation and bleed easily while washing or touching.  

Dose: 200c potency, 2 drop or 5-6 globules, 2-3 times a day 

Medorrhinum 

Medorrhinum 1 M
Medorrhinum 1M

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Medorrihnum is a used as an intercurrent remedy in treatment of warts. It means, it is used once in a week and helps in reducing tendency of wart formation. Some patients, did not get proper relief in wart complain even after using Thuja. In that case, Medorrihunum is used as a complimentary medicine to complete the drug action that Thuja has started.  

Dose: 1M potency, one dose in morning, once in a week 

Few other indicated homeopathic remedies for treating warts 

  • Antimonium crud: useful for hard warts treatment and when patient also suffer from gastric complaint. 
  • Natrum mur: for warts located on palm of hand, complain get worse by exposure to sun. Patient has a dry skin and irritable temperament. 
  • Silicea: when warts appear on soles of feet with excessive sweating.  

Homeopathic combination  

Bakson’s Wart-aid

Bakson's wart aid
Bakson’s wart-aid

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Bakson’s wart-aid is a wonderful combination for treating all kinds warts like common warts, planter warts, flat warts and filiform warts. Even it is also useful for treating corns. It contains thuja 2X and causticum 3X and provide relief in wart complain.  

Dose: 2 tablets, 3-4 times a day 

External application 

Topi thuja cream  

Topi thuja cream
Topi thuja cream

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Thuja is also useful as an external application in treatment of warts including abnormal overgrowth, viral and genital warts. It contains thuja occidentalis that has a specific anti-bacterial and anti-viral action.  

How to use it: apply a thin layer of this on affected part 2-3 times a day by gentle rubbing.  

Special note 

The average time period for wart homeopathic medication is 6 weeks. Use indicated medicine up to 6 weeks to get desirable results.  

So, these are some good homeopathic remedies for treating warts. What are your thoughts? Please share with me.  

This is all for now.  

Tomorrow, as “X”, there will be an “Xclusive Q & A” about how to use homeopathic medicines for at home treatment option. Will try to cover all important aspect of “use of homeopathy as home treatment” in this post. So, stay tuned! 

So, these are some effective remedies to treat wart. I hope you will find this post informative. What are your thoughts? Please share with me.  

Read the previous posts of the series here: 

A: Acidity: causes, symptoms & homeopathic treatment  

B: baby colic : causes, symptoms & homeopathic treatment 

C: Common childhood injuires: causes, symptoms & homeopathic treatment! 

D: Diarrhea: causes, symptoms & homeopathic treatment! 

E: Ear pain, causes, symptoms & homeopathic treatment 

F: “Fever”- causes, symptoms & homeopathic treatment! 

 G: “Gingivitis”: causes, symptoms & homeopathic treatment! 

H: “Hair loss”: common causes, symptoms & homeopathic treatment!  

This post is a part of Blogchatter A2Z Challenge

Disclaimer: the post is written for educational purpose only. did not intend to cure, treat or diagnose any disease condition. always consult your doctor before making any significant changes to your medication or starting any new medication.

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