Warts or Maruis one of the commonest skin problem that all of us are experiencing.  Though there are many solutions available today Homeopathy is recommended for long-term solution.  Today we are going to deal with this problem and understand it well to be relieved from it. We have Doctor with us who will share with us her experience and knowledge on Wart.

How can we fight it?

A wart is typically a small growth that appears on a person's hands or feet and looks like a solid blister or a small cauliflower, or it may be finger like in shape with a rough surface. They may either appear single or in groups or clusters. They may also appear on other parts of the body maybe on face, thighs, genitals, etc.

It is caused by viral infection (HPV).

Can it spread to others?

A person whose skin is damaged, wet, or comes into contact with rough surfaces is more likely to catch the infection. For example, a person with scratches or cuts on the soles of their feet is more likely to catch verrucas in and around public swimming pools.

As we all have different immune systems some of us may develop warts when we come into contact with HPV, while others don't. The risk of catching warts from another person is fairly small, but it exists. Genital warts are much more contagious.

Different HPV (human papilloma virus) strains cause warts. The wart-causing virus can be passed on by close skin-to-skin contact, as well as through contact with towels or shoes.

The wart-causing virus can be spread to other parts of the body in the following ways:

Shaving the face or legs can spread the wart-causing virus to other parts of the body.

   If somebody scratches or bites a wart

   Sucking fingers

   Biting fingernails can cause warts to spread on the finger tips and around nails

Shaving (face or legs).

How do you acquire this infection, is it hereditary?

As explained earlier, If you have come in contact with virus from outside you can have an infection. This will usually happen when your immunity is low and not able to fight this virus. For example, children get skin warts much more often than adults. This is probably because their immune systems have not yet built a strong defense against the numerous strains of human papilloma virus that they will encounter over their lifetimes.

It is also common to see warts on multiple siblings in the same family. And children of people who had skin warts as children are often quite susceptible to skin warts themselves. But we cannot tag it as hereditary.

Still, experts have yet to determine exactly what is different in the immune systems of people who get skin warts frequently.

How can we prevent ourself from getting warts?

   Do not touch other people's warts

   Do not use towels, flannels or other personal items of people who have warts

   Do not share shoes and socks with a person who has verrucas

   Do not scratch your warts or verrucas. If you do they will most likely spread

   Wear sandals when going into and out of communal showers

   Wear sandals when walking around communal pools

   Cover your wart or verruca with a waterproof band-aid when you go swimming

   There are special socks you can buy to cover verrucas

   Wear gloves in the gym if you have warts on your hands

   Do not brush, comb, shave, clip areas that have warts

   When filing or cutting your nails do not use the same utensil on the infected nail and then on the healthy nails

   Do not bite your fingernails if you have warts near them

   Keep your hands as dry as possible

Wash your hands thoroughly after touching a wart.