Description of Finger Warts
Finger Warts are small skin growths that can appear anywhere on the fingers and hand. They are usually harmless and in most cases will disappear with proper treatment. The surface is usually rough and looks like cauliflower, has a brown or tan like color, and sometimes have black dots on them. Children are more susceptible to warts because of a developing immune system, however are very common in adults as well. If you suspect you have a finger wart, don’t panic! They are very common… In fact so common they are considered “common warts”.
What Causes Finger Warts?
All types of warts, no matter where they appear on the body are caused by the HPV or Human Papillomavirus, of which over 100 strands exist. Most people become alarmed when they learn this perhaps because of the connection made between HPV and uterus cancer. Long before this connection warts existed and were considered (and still are considered) harmless occurrences when they appear on the hands, fingers and feet.
How are warts Spread?
Warts are spread through bodily contact with a person infected and a person who has an open cut of some sort. For instance, a pool area is the most common way plantar warts are contracted. If a person has a cut for which the virus can enter, the poolside offers a moist environment where the virus can thrive—waiting for another host. Using an infected person’s hygiene utensils presents another way to come in contact with the HPV and increases your risk of getting a finger wart or another type of common wart.
Genital warts and oral warts however are only contracted through sexual contact and is the cause of a different strand of HPV than the strand that causes warts on the hands or feet.
A Source of Embarrassment
Although a common wart, those that appear on the hands and feet, aren’t a cause for alarm, it can be very alarming and can affect one’s relationships.
Finger warts can affect a person emotionally because no one wants to be associated with having HPV. However, the more knowledge one has about common warts the stronger one can become emotionally. It’s important to note that the HPV strand that affects the hands and finger is HPV-1 while the strand that targets the genitals is HPV 6 and 11. In other words, although having warts means you have been exposed to the HPV, not all warts are caused by the type of HPV that cause genital warts or the type of HPV that causes cancer.
It is highly unlikely that a person with a wart on his or her hand or finger will spread it to the genital area. However, it can be spread to another part of the hand or fingers of someone who has an open cut or scrape.
Treatment for Warts
Treatment for common warts such as finger warts isn’t usually needed. However, because warts on the fingers or hands are unsightly, many people would rather do something about them. There are many different products to treat warts that can be purchased over the counter, which means that you can get them without a doctor’s prescription. Wartrol is one such wart treatment that has proven effective without any reported side effect.
Home remedies for wart treatment are in abundance too. You may have heard of using duct tape to remove warts because it is a common method used. Some people use a combination of methods. For finger warts for instance soak the finger in apple cider vinegar for a few minutes, pat dry before applying a piece of duct tape. Leave duct tape in place for seven days. Repeat the process if needed.
Seeing a doctor to treat a wart is an option that many people tend to favor. However, this method is expensive and may require more than one treatment.
Any and all treatments intended to remove warts on the surfaces of the skin does not address the HPV. This means that the wart can reappear. Treatment can take time and in most cases will need to be repeated to achieve optimal results.
A healthy immune system can and usually do fight off the HPV. In fact, many people come in contact with an infected person and infection does not occur. Additionally, infection can take up to six months to show signs.
It is important to keep a healthy immune system and to take precautionary steps to protect yourself. Preventative steps include, using shower shoes when in a public area, never sharing hygiene utensils, never using someone else’s towel and practicing safe sex.
Most MDs agree that it isn’t necessary to wear gloves each time you enter a restroom. However, using a piece of tissue to turn on the faucet before washing your hand and to open the door when leaving the restroom are two preventative measures that you can take.
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