Warts and Homeopathy
Wart is one of the common problems we meet in our clinics where homoeopathic medicines have immense scopes to treat the cases successfully and to prevent the recurrence.
Warts are actually benign growths of the epidermis caused by a virus. The virus resides in the bottom layer of the epidermis and replicates there. Warts can appear nearly anywhere on the body and they differ in appearance, size, and shape. Warts are a type of infection caused by viruses in the human papillomavirus (HPV) family. There are more than 100 types of HPV viruses. Warts can grow on all parts of body. They can grow on skin, on the inside of mouth, on genitals and on rectal area. Common types of HPV tend to cause warts on the skin (such as the hands and fingers), while other HPV types tend to cause warts on the genitals and rectal area. Some people are more naturally resistant to the HPV viruses and don’t seem to get warts as easily as other people. Warts are common, and are caused by a viral infection and are contagious when in contact with the skin of an infected person. It is also possible to get warts from using towels or other objects used by an infected person. They typically disappear after a few months but can last for years and can recur.
Cause of Warts
- Causative organism- humanpapilloma virus.
- Transmission- autoinoculable, close contact, swimming pool.
- Age- common in children, young adults.
- Incubation period- about 90days.
Types of wart
Common wart (Verruca vulgaris)
A range of different types of wart has been identified, varying in shape and site affected, as well as the type of human papillomavirus involved. These Include - Common wart (Verruca vulgaris) A raised wart with roughened surface, most common on hands and knees.Location
- Arms, hands, legs, feet, around nails.
- Rounded or oval papules or nodules.
- Discrete or grouped.
- Grey or brown coloured.
- Size varies from lentil seed to pea.
- Surface corrugated (verrucous).
- Consistency firm.
- Warts around nails may be painful.
Flat wart (Verruca plana)
A small, smooth flattened wart, flesh coloured, which can occur in large numbers; most common on the face, neck, hands, wrists and knees.Location
- Face, back of hands.
- Multiple small papules.
- Rounded, with flat tops.
- Flesh coloured.
- Size: 2-5mm.
- Margins irregular.
- Surface smooth.
- Soft to touch.
Filiform or digitate wart
A thread- or finger-like wart, most common on the face, especially near the eyelids and lips.Location
- Beard region, neck.
- Long, thin, slender, finger like processes.
- Spread by shaving by implantation
A hard sometimes painful lump, often with multiple black specks in the centre; usually only found on pressure points on the soles of the feet.Location
- Ball of foot, heel.
- Painful hyperkeratotic, circular plaque.
- Usually single.
- Size: 1-1.5cm.
- Deeply set in flask shaped cavity, being wider at bottom.
- Surface corrugated, rough.
- Extremely tender.
- Scraping of wart reveals bleeding points.
A group of tightly clustered plantar- type warts, commonly on the hands or soles of the feet.
A wart that occurs on the genitalia.
Homeopathic Treatment For Warts*
Homoeopathic medicines have immense scopes to treat warts successfully and to prevent recurrence.
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.
Consult a qualified homeopathy doctor for treatment of warts. Self-medication is not advisable.