Common Warts : Causes, Prevention and Home Remedies

Common warts are local growths in the skin that are caused by human papillomavirus (HPV) infection. Although they are considered to be contagious, it is very common for just one family member to have them. In addition, they often affect just one part of the body (such as the hands or the feet) without spreading over time to other areas.

Common warts are different from moles, and they aren't cancerous. In fact, they're usually harmless and often disappear on their own. But you may find common warts bothersome or embarrassing, and you may want treatment to remove them.

Common warts are:

.Small, fleshy, grainy bumps
.Flesh-colored, white, pink or tan
.Rough to the touch

Other types of HPV tend to cause warts in other places:

.Plantar warts. These occur on the plantar surfaces, or soles, of your feet. They usually look like flesh-colored or light brown lumps with tiny black dots in them. These dots are small, clotted blood vessels.
.Genital warts. A sexually transmitted infection, genital warts can appear on your genitals, in your pubic area or in your anal canal. In women, genital warts can also grow inside the vagina.
.Flat warts. These smaller warts generally occur on your face or legs. They're usually smoother than other types of warts.

Home remedies for common warts are often the most effective, safest, and easiest to use wart treatment methods.

. Cut a fresh pineapple in small pieces. Put these pieces over the warts’ affected area. Use this wonderful remedy for warts 2-3 times a day to remove the infection.

. The use of castor oil is one of the most important home remedies for warts. This oil should be applied generously over the affected parts every night. The treatment should be continued for several months.

. Soak the area in warm water for 15-20 minutes and pat it dry. Apply cider vinegar with cotton balls and leave for sometime, till it gets dry. Then again wash it with water and dry the area.

. Rubbing a piece of chalk or raw potato on the area frequently will remove the wart in few weeks.

. Take a piece of banana peel and place the yellow side out on the wart. Tape it there over night. Change the peel every 12 to 24 hours until the wart is gone.

. Application of tea tree oil to the area for 7-10 days will melt the wart.

. Crush the vitamin C tablets and apply on the area, cover it with adhesive bandage.

. Crush a clove of garlic and place it on the area with wart and cover it with bandage.This is one of the useful warts treatment.

. Onions are also precious in warts. They are frustrating to the skin and rouse the circulation of the blood. Warts occasionally vanish when rubbed with cut onions.

. Apply clear nail polish every morning and evening.

. Use vitamin A oil from fish oil or fish-liver-oil by applying it on the wart. Apply this once a day, it takes lot of time but the results would be positive.