Warts, caused by virus, can be treated at home

Independent Mail
South Carolina

By Debbie Jackson
Friday, August 14, 2009

Q.        I  have three warts on my thumb. I’m in the middle of treatments with a natural medicine I ordered. They are hard to get rid of and I wondered if they would ever go away. Are they contagious? — J.M., via e-mail

A.        Warts, by definition, are painless noncancerous growths caused by a virus. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the types of warts are common warts, flat warts, genital warts, plantar warts and subungual and periungual warts. Common warts are found on the hands and fingers; flat warts are found on the face and forehead; plantar warts are found on the soles of the feet; and subungual and periungual refer to warts around the fingernails and toenails.

The human papillomavirus (HPV) is the cause of the warts. There are many (more than 100) different human papillomaviruses that caus a rapid growth of epithelial cells. HPV infections are grouped into different categories because of the virus subtype. The HPV associated with genital warts and cervical cancer in women differs from the HPV associated with common warts found on the hands, fingers and near the fingernails….

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.