Annoying warts: how to get rid of them
Those who suffer from warts are often ashamed of it. The skin growths can not only appear on the hands or feet, but can also be found on the whole body. Warts are unsightly, but they are harmless from a medical point of view. However, spooling or scratching should be avoided. Instead, these home remedies help.
Warts are caused by so-called human papilloma viruses (HPV). There are approximately 150 subspecies, ten of which cause warts. Due to contact or smear infection of the skin, only the top layer of the skin is initially affected. By multiplying in the cell nuclei, the virus is also transmitted to the lower skin cell layers. Weeks to months can elapse between infection and the development of warts.
Infection risk in the swimming pool
We very often become infected in swimming pools, where infected people can easily spread the virus. Professor Ulrike Wieland from the German Society for Hygiene and Microbiology reports: “A swimming pool visitor with a nipple takes a shower, moves barefoot on the edge of the pool, and sits down on the bench. His viruses stick everywhere on the anti-slip, rough floors. The next visitor enters. If he has a fine skin crack on the sole of the foot, then he has infected himself in an instant. ”In addition to minor skin injuries, the skin is also at risk where it is already damaged by eczema or fungal infections.
A wart on the feet is particularly uncomfortable because the entire body weight presses against it. “It grows inwards and forms a thorn-shaped extension. It can reach into the adipose tissue and cause pain, ”explains Professor Gerd Gross, a dermatologist at the Rostock University Hospital.
Warts can occasionally appear on the skin or in beds. The most common types of warts include vulgar warts, also known as "common warts", genital warts, sole warts, flat warts, brush warts and age warts.
Medical therapy for warts
Warts are harmless and sometimes even disappear on their own. "Your immune system only recognizes warts after a delay of different lengths," reports Gross. Inflammation develops after months or years, which causes the wart to heal.
Why go to the doctor?
A visit to a specialist is advisable to rule out other skin diseases. If the affected do not want to wait until the wart disappears on its own, the specialist will usually prescribe therapy with salicylic or lactic acid to soften and remove the large proportion of horny tissue in the wart. Wart plasters have a similar principle of action. Ursula Sellerberg from the Federal Association of German Pharmacy Associations in Berlin explains: "The surrounding skin should be protected by applying zinc paste or petroleum jelly".
After three days of treatment with the emollient, Professor Gross recommends daily foot baths in an antiseptic solution or in salt water. If the therapy is used for two to four weeks, the wart sometimes disappears on its own. If this is not the case, the wart can be surgically removed by the specialist. Other therapies include cold and laser therapies or treatment with an immunomodulator. The complete removal of the wart is in the foreground, because “residues” of infected tissue can form dangerous nodules and cysts at depth.
Fighting warts with home remedies and naturopathic treatments
There are many herbal home remedies that can be used to fight warts. This includes, for example, castor oil. The affected skin areas on the face and hands should be rubbed with the oil several times a day so that the warts slowly recede and disappear.
Another home remedy for warts is the juice of the celandine leaf. If you rub the washed leaves with stems between your fingers and rub the affected areas of skin with them, the goods should also recede. Even a homemade cream made from 10 ml celandine urinkink from the pharmacy and 100g of conventional, well-tolerated skin cream can work against the warts when used three times a day.
Spurge, naturally pure tea tree oil, Swedish bitter toppings and calendula ointment are also considered home remedies to combat warts. In homeopathy, Antimonium crudum can be used for broad horny warts that appear on the soles of the feet and are accompanied by calluses.
The warts caused by viruses can only be taken with certain precautionary measures. Human papilloma viruses are so resistant that they can hardly be eliminated with the usual disinfectants. This is why experts advise you to take your own precautions in particularly vulnerable places, such as swimming pools. This includes wearing slippers and using your own towels, which are washed at 90 degrees after visiting the bath or sauna. (sb)