Warts is a skin condition caused by human papilloma virus (HPV) which is one of the most common viruses that attack humans. Warts are very common in young age but adults also get them. In fact, almost anyone has had warts sometimes in their life. We are constantly exposed to different types of HPV viruses and it depends upon our own immune system whether or not we will be infected. People with strong immune system will not catch HPV virus even if they get in contact with it.
There is a number of medical treatments to cure warts and they are all performed by the professionals at the doctor's office. Often, several treatment sessions are needed but they will not guarantee that you will be completely cured from warts because in some cases warts can reappear. However, if you are not suffering from recurrent warts or if you do not have a serious warts infestation, you can consider treating your warts with home remedies first.
Home remedies can be as effective as doctor's treatments, they are less stressful, more affordable and more convenient because you can apply them at home.
One of the most effective home remedies is salicylic acid. The acid will make the wart shrink and fall off after several treatment sessions. Remedies with salicylic acid come in the form of liquids, gels and bandages that are very practical to apply. OTC remedies for warts containing salicylic acid can be purchased in any pharmacy.
Cryotherapy is a very popular treatment that is performed at the doctor's office but there are also home cryotherapy applicators that can be purchased in the pharmacy. The use of these applicators is very simple and usually several treatment sessions are needed for a wart to freeze, blister and completely fall off. It is very important to follow the directions that go with the product to avoid hurting the healthy skin around the wart and scarring.
Thuja Occidentalis is a homeopathic medicine that is very effective in curing warts. You will have to paint Thuja ointment onto your wart several times during the day and during the night you should soak it in ointment and bandage it. This treatment can take up to two months but the good side of it is that it is completely painless.
Sometimes reduced zinc levels in the body can lead to warts occurrence. Oral zinc sulphate supplements in 10mg/kg dose will help to reduce and cure warts. If you notice nausea or feel like going to vomit, decrease the dose or quit the treatment. The treatment should make warts disappear within one or two weeks.
Duct tape is somewhat unusual but effective cure for warts. Cut and paste a small piece of tape over the wart and leave it there for six days. After six days, clean the wart thoroughly and let it dry. The following morning paste another piece of duct tape and leave it there next six days. Repeat the procedure over and over again until the wart is gone. This treatment should trigger off the immune system reaction which will kill the virus.
These are just some of the numerous cures for warts. Whatever you do, visit your GP first to make sure that you do have warts and not some other skin condition that can be confused with warts.
Warts are stubborn but curable. If one treatment does not prove 100% effective, move on to another until you discover the one that is the best for you.