What are warts?
Warts are common, harmless, small skin growth caused by a virus named human papillomavirus (HPV).
Warts are often skin-colored and feel rough, but they can be dark (brown or gray-black), flat, and smooth.
Warts are usually asymptomatic but may present with itching and sometimes bleeding also.
Wart viruses are contagious can spread by contact with the wart or something that touched the wart like shaving kit, towel etc.
What is HPV?
Warts are caused by viruses in the human papillomavirus (HPV) family. There are more than 100 types of HPV viruses. Warts can grow on all parts of body. They can grow on skin, on the inside of mouth, on genitals and on rectal area. Common types of HPV tend to cause warts on the skin (such as the hands and fingers), while other HPV types tend to cause warts on the genitals and rectal area.
How people get infected?
Warts are common, and are caused by a viral infection and are contagious when in contact with the skin of an infected person. It is also possible to get warts from using towels or other objects used by an infected person.
Some people are more naturally resistant to the HPV viruses and don’t seem to get warts as easily as other people.
Types of warts
A range of types of wart have been identified, varying in shape and site affected, as well as the type of human papillomavirus involved. These include:
Common wart (Verruca vulgaris)
- These are demarcated, round or irregular, firm, raised wart with roughened surface.
- May be of yellow, brown or grey-black in colour.
- Most common on hands, finger, elbow, face and knees but can grow anywhere on the body.
- Usuay asymptomatic but may cause pain if located at weight bearing surface (Sole)
Flat wart (Verruca plana)
- These are small, smooth flattened wart, skin-colored warts.
- May occur in large numbers
- most common on the face, neck, hands, wrists and knees.
- Commonly seen in children and young adults.
Filiform or digitate wart
- A thread- or finger-like wart, most common on the face, especially near the eyelids and lips.
A wart that occurs on the genitalia. Specially in perineal, perirectal, labial, and penile areas. These type of warts are usually symptomatic but anal warts may present with itching.
These are group of tightly clustered plantar-type warts, commonly on the hands or soles of the feet.
Cauliflower-like cluster of warts that occurs around the nails. Periungual warts are more common among patients who bite their nails or who have occupations where their hands are chronically wet such as dishwashers and bartenders. These patient are more prone to have paronychia, infection of skin around nail.
Plantar wart (verruca, Verruca plantaris),
These are hard sometimes painful lump, often with multiple black specks in the center; present usually on pressure points on the soles of the feet.
Conventional Treatment for warts
- Topical irritants (eg, salicylic acid, cantharidin, podophyllum resin)
- Destructive methods (eg, cryosurgery, electrocautery, curettage, excision, laser)
Combination of medicines are used aong with destructive method (eg, cryosurgery, electrocautery, curettage, excision, laser) because virus may remain in tissue after physical removal result in recurrence.
Homeopathic Remedies for Warts
Aim of homeopathy treatment of warts include-
-To remove warts without any painful destructive methods
-To check the recurrence by treating the cause of warts
Homeopathy treats the person as a whole. It means that homeopathic treatment focuses on the patient as a person, as well as his pathological condition. The homeopathic medicines are selected after a full individualizing examination and case-analysis, which includes the medical history of the patient, physical and mental constitution etc. A miasmatic tendency (predisposition/susceptibility) is also often taken into account for the treatment of chronic conditions. The homeopathic remedies for warts given below indicate the therapeutic affinity but this is not a complete and definite guide to the treatment of this condition. The symptoms listed against each homeopathic remedy may not be directly related to this disease because in homeopathy general symptoms and constitutional indications are also taken into account for selecting a remedy. To study any of the following remedies in more detail, please visit our Materia Medica section. None of these homeopathic remedies for warts should be taken without professional advice.
- Antimonium crudum
- Calcarea carbonica
- Thuja occidentalis
- Nitric acid
- Calcarea flouricum
- Arsenic album
- Natrum muriaticum
- Ferrum pic
- Conium mac
Antimonium crudum (Ant-c.):
- This homeopathic remedy has warts that are Hard and smooth that often appear in groups.
- Warts in sole, very painful in touch, cannot walk bare feet.
- Skin is very sensitive to cold bathing.
- Dry skin
- Skin complaints often associated with gastric derangements
- Irritability and a thickly coated white tongue also suggest the need for this remedy.
Calcarea carbonica (Calc.):
- Warts on the neck and hands.
- Homeopathic remedy for warts that are Round, hard, solitary warts.
- Often useful for warts that have a horny wall surrounding a central depression.
- Indicated in fleshy people with clammy hands and feet.
- Profuse sweating in plam and soles.
- Patient has desire for eggs, sweets and indigestible thing like chalk, charcoal etc.
- Tendency to hard stool or constipation.
- Homeopathic remedy for old, large warts on the face (especially the nose), under the fingernails.
- Warts on fingertips that bleed easily suggest the need for this homeopathic remedy.
- The warts also tend to be hard, inflamed, and painful and sit on whitish-yellow, dirty looking skin.
- People who benefit from this remedy tend fear that something awful will happen.
- Patients who feel intensely sympathy about the hardship of others.
- Flat warts located on backs of hands and face and soft brownish to black seborrheic warts found on the back.
- Warts large and smooth.
- Indicated in people with rheumatic complaints that are worse in cold, damp weather or humidity.
Ferrum picricum (Ferr-pic.):
- Small pointed warts appearing in large groups.
- Also useful in some cases of flat or plane warts with irregular borders that grow on the face, neck, wrists, hands and knees.
- Hands full f warts.
- Men may have prostatic enlargement.
- Patients of this medicine usually feels deafness before menses.
Thuja occidantalis –
- Wonderful medicine for skin complaints associated with urinary and sexual infection.
- Warts especially on left side of the body and on covered parts only.
- This medicine nicely acts on all kind of skin growth and tumors.
- Warts in anal and genital region.
- Unhealthy skin, offensive sweating leaves yellow stain.
- Patient is very sensitive to cold weather.
Natrum muriaticum (Nat-m):
- An important remedy for warts on the palms of the hand and soles of the feet.
- Skin is dry, with oily sweat. Greasy look of face and dryness of skin of whole body.
- Skin eruption warts specially in skin folds.
- Patient who are sensitive to sun heat.
- Indicated in those who are closed, reserved and sensitive.
Nitricum acidum (Nit-ac.):
- This homeopathic remedy is indicated in treating large, fissured or gold-yellow warts that itch and sting or bleed upon washing..
- This remedy is also indicated for people who are anxious about health and worry about cancer.
- Often useful for warts that have a horny wall surrounding a central depression or the more common plantar wart.
- Warts specially ofblack anddark coloured.
- Warts with intense itching and burning.
- Medicine suited to the women who had history of abortions or having clotted dark menstrual discharge
Ruta graveolens (Ruta):
- This is a homeopathic remedy for plantar warts, especially on the palms of the hand.