Understand Warts (HPV) and Over the Counter Treatments

Overview of Warts

A wart is a sure sign of exposure to the HPV (Human Papillomavirus). It may appear that a cause for concern is necessary because of the scare surrounding the HPV and cervical cancer.

But before that recent hype, warts were looking on thousands of people for years, and there was no concern then.

This isn’t to say that you shouldn’t be concerned about having been exposed to a virus, what it is suggesting is that in most cases warts are common and non-cancerous.

There exist over 150 different strands of the HPV and those strands; each affects a different area of the body.

They usually don’t require treatment but many people do opt to have them treated or removed—either to eliminate painful symptoms or for appearance’s sake.  Wartrol is one such treatment in which many people have found success.

Defined are the various types of warts and some more wart remover suggestions that you may find useful.


Common Warts

Warts that appear on the hands and fingers, usually around the fingernails, are called Common Warts. Young children, more so than adults, are affected most.

Common Warts are not related to the HPV that causes cancer. It most cases treatment isn’t needed.  The HPV strains associated with Common Warts are HPV 2 and 4.  Although, HPV 1, 3, 26, 29 and 57 can also be associated.

Wart removal for Common Warts includes duct tape, apple cider vinegar and tea tree oil, not used at the same time, however.

Place a strip of duct tape on the wart and leave for seven days. Soak a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar and apply to the infected area daily for two weeks, cover with a band-aid in between applications. The same technique is use with the tea tree oil except using a cotton squab.

Plantar Warts

Warts that involve the foot are called Plantar Warts. This growth is most seen on the ball of the foot, on the big toe and the heel. Out of all the different type of warts, the Plantar Wart can be painful because of the pressure applied by walking.

This is why it is important to learn how to get rid of Plantar Warts if you think you may have one.  The HPV strand associated with Plantar Warts is HPV 1 although HPV 2, 3, 4, 27, 28 and 58 can also be associated.

Mosaic Warts

Mosaic Warts are warts that appear in a cluster formation with black specks. They can appear on the hands and feet.

The same home remedies to remove Common Warts can be used for Plantar Warts however; instead of applying with cotton balls or squabs, one could soak the entire foot in apple cider solution or add at least 10 drops of tea tree oil to a basin of water and step into it before or after taking a bath or shower and soak for at least five minutes daily for two weeks.

Genital Warts

As the name suggest, warts that appear in the pubic region are called Genital Warts. Unlike all other types of warts, Genital Warts are spread sexually.  More than half the American population at some point in their sexual history will be exposed to the HPV that causes Genital Warts.

This isn’t an indication of cancer. Although, if treatment for Genital Warts is needed and not applied the possibility of developing cancer increases.  The HPV strands directly associated with Genital Warts are HPV 6 and 11 although 40 additional strands of the HPV can also be associated.

Flat Warts

Flat Warts are smooth and small, unlike the raised bumpy warts, these warts are flat and flesh toned. They show up on the face, neck, hands wrist and knees and can appear in large numbers. The HPV 3, 10 and 28 are directly linked to flat warts.

 Doctor’s Order Wart Remover

Try the home remedies or Wartrol first for Genital Warts. If stubborn warts should remain, there’s always the option of having them removed by your doctor.

  • Freezing the wart away is the most method for removing a wart.
  • Cutting the wart to remove it is another method performed by a doctor. (This can leave scarring)
  • Electricity applied directly on the infected area is another method that a doctor might use to remove the wart.

Wart Removal Repeated

Any form of wart removal is designed to target the surface of the skin, which will remove the wart. However, often most warts will return after treatment because the HPV is still present in the body. In any case, these suggested methods are safe to repeat and most likely will need attempts made several times to see full results.c