You cannot prevent warts from forming, but there are some things you can do to ensure their safe removal.
Warts are the unseemly, highly embarrassing cousins of other skin problems like adult acne and cold sores. They tend to grab the eye and though they can happen to anyone, they are indicative of a skin disorder that needs to be looked into.
Most warts are harmless. They appear on the skin in ones or twos and are generally painless to the touch. Warts can appear as a round protruding growth, or a conical one, or even a triangular one. They may be broader at the top in some cases, and slightly soft to the touch. They can appear anywhere on the body, including the scalp. But you must inform your doctor if you have developed a painful, sore and reddish wart that is sensitive to touch – it can be a sign of a serious skin disorder.
But if it is harmless, you can try some skin wart removal techniques at home. Be warned, however, that warts take a long time to actually wither and die, and another one might take the place of the first. Also, slicing off the wart or cutting it off at the top hardly does it any good – another wart might form at the site. A doctor might cauterise it and take it off surgically after administering a local anaesthetic.
Before you try any skin wart removal tips at home, understand the following:
* Warts are a result of the HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) present on the skin far exceeding its normal percentage. This increase can be attributed to a lower immunity or a topical skin disorder.
* Fermenting the wart with hot compresses works for some people. The HPV dries out and the wart begins to reduce in size.
* The wart receives blood supply like the rest of the skin does. Some skin wart removal techniques involve starving the wart of blood by applying a tourniquet at this base. This cuts off blood circulation to the wart, causing it to wither and eventually die.
* Do not deal with your wart with a sharp knife and do not puncture it. You will only end up infecting it and creating more sites for warts.
* There are several OTC medications available for dealing with warts. But take a doctor’s advice before you use them. For this, you must first get your wart checked. Entrust the actual removal to a doctor if you’re thinking of having it removed.
* Post the wart removal, you must keep the site clean and free of infection. Once the site dries up completely, apply lemon juice at the site to keep the HPV from attacking the area again. Acids present in citrus fruits kill HPV and prevent occurrence of warts.