Saturday, April 4th, 2020

Hand Warts

Hand warts are quite common and can be reddish, skin color, and white. They are caused by HPV. The human papilloma virus is responsible for all wart types. This virus is very contagious and can be dormant in the body for months with no outbreaks. Hand warts appear as ugly growths on the hand and come in all shapes and sizes. The two most common hand warts are flat warts and common warts.

Warts on the hands and feet do not have the same consequences of infectionWart_1_070422 as found in the genital area, of course. Common warts can be found on 70% of the body, but mostly pop up on the hand. They will normally disappear on their own within a year, and sometimes even with treatment won’t go away until about a year.

There are many wart treatments out there to choose from. There are ointments, gels, creams, bandages, and freezes. A good treatment is Dr. Scholl’s Freeze Away. It has been found to work effectively.

You do not necessarily have to go to the doctor or buy a medication to treat a hand wart. Some people have tried using duct tape and filing the wart away with a nail file, but this can be painful. This method is simply filing away some of the wart tissue slowly until it is all gone. There can be bleeding involved, since a wart has blood vessels.

It is important to make sure what you are dealing with really is a wart. If you are unsure please see your doctor. There have been rare cases when people have actually had a skin cancer, called melanoma, and treated it as a wart. Not trying to scare you, in most cases it is definately a wart. You just always want to take precautions.  Remember to always keep good hygiene to keep bacteria off your hands and body.