What Causes Warts on Hands?
All warts are caused by coming in contact with the Human Papillomavirus (HPV). There are over 100 types of the HPV, and the different types tend to form warts in different anatomical locations , such those that cause warts on hands. Warts on hands are usually Common Warts or Verruca Vulgaris, although they can show up on any part of the body.
Common warts are often found on the hands of children, and in warts that form around the nail bed in children who bite the skin around their fingernails are called periungal warts.
The Human Papillomavirus that causes warts on hands thrives in warm, moist places, like towels and shower rooms. When someone touches a place where the HPV is living, and conditions are right… like a scratch or abrasion on the skin… the HPV can enter through the break in the skin and cause an infection. The virus affects the top layer of the skin and causes it to grow too quickly, forming a wart.
Common warts are bumpy and have a rough surface, like a cauliflower. Sometimes you can see a dark spot in the wart, that looks like a seed, which is not a seed at all, but a clotted blood vessel. Common warts often show up on the fingers, knuckles, elbows and knees. These are locations that children are more likely to scratch when they play. The virus can be passed from person-to-person or from an infected object to a person, but just touching a wart doesn’t mean you’ll get infected. You can see pictures of warts here.
Common warts aren’t harmful. In fact, they are benign (non-cancerous), but they can be annoying and unsightly.
The best way to avoid getting warts is to keep the skin on your hands dry and free of scratches. Hand washing and careful drying are helpful. Don’t pick on a wart, and wash your hands after it comes in contact with a wart. If you use a nail file on an area of a finger that has a wart, don’t use it on any part of the hand that doesn’t have warts… and don’t let anyone else use it. If left untreated, warts may disappear in a few months or a few years, but because the virus can lie dormant in the skin, they can recur.
If you don’t want to wait a few months or years for the warts to disappear, WartStick® is a great option to try for wart removal. WartStick® contains Salicylic acid, which goes to work to remove the wart as soon as it makes contact. WartStick® is easy to use, painless and contains the maximum amount of Salicylic acid available in any over-the-counter wart remover.
Just put a thin layer of WartStick® on the wart, cover it with a Band Aid or medical tape and let it do the work. Sometimes, just treating one wart, can remove several warts. Scientists believe this occurs because, once the wart begins to break down, the action triggers the body’s immune system to fight the HPV.
Since children are susceptible to warts on their hands, it’s nice to know that WartStick® is safe to use on children. See : Wart Removal in Children. Wart Stick® is not just a safe and simple option for wart removal, but an inexpensive one, as well.
WartStick® is a unique waxy stick that goes right on to the wart and starts to work quickly. It’s painless and can be covered and left on overnight… a big advantage when treating a child who may have a hard time keeping a bandage on all day.
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