Warts are the first sign of papillomavirus, which affects the skin and mucous membranes, regardless of the age and gender of the person.
Basically, such benign neoplasms do not bring discomfort, but when they appear on the toes or hands, they cling to things and cause severe pain.
A damaged wart often becomes the cause of oncology, therefore, in order to prevent the development of skin cancer, it must be removed as soon as possible.
Reasons for the appearance
There are several ways to infect papillomavirus.
- bodily contact with an infected person;
- the use of personal hygiene items (soaps, washcloths, towels);
- wearing someone else's jewelry (watches, bracelets, rings).
Also, the carriers of the disease are domestic animals that bring the virus from the street to the house.
A whole list of factors can increase the chances of infection:
- weak immunity;
- cuts and injuries of the skin on the fingers;
- non-observance of personal hygiene;
Wart or not?
In addition to simple warts, other growths appear on the body:
- lichen planus;
- molluscum contagiosum;
- warty tuberculosis.
In the case of the listed diseases, simple methods for removing warts will be ineffective. The type of neoplasm will be established and only a dermatologist will prescribe treatment. He will be able to do this after carrying out the necessary laboratory tests, namely:
- PCR diagnostics;
- histological analysis of scraping from the affected area of the epithelium.
Methods for removing warts at home
There are several ways to remove growths on the fingers: medication or using folk remedies. In the first case, the pharmaceutical industry offers a large list of drugs that will quickly remove warts without visiting specialized cosmetology centers.
These medicines include:
- antiviral tablets;
- local necrotizing drugs;
- freezing agents (cryotherapy);
Despite the wide range of medications, most people prefer to remove warts on their fingers at home using traditional medicine. In this case, inexpensive, but no less effective means are used that allow you to quickly get rid of growths on the fingers and other parts of the body.
In addition, the advantages of alternative methods of treatment include:
- lack of chemicals that badly affect the body;
- low cost in comparison with expensive medicines;
- safety in the treatment of growths in children;
- minimum number of contraindications.
How to remove a wart on your own?
There are several effective recipes for removing warts on the finger at home:
- ointment from celandine;
- a mixture of vinegar and ash;
- onion-vinegar compresses;
- treatment of growth with garlic.
Each of these methods will allow you to quickly get rid of growths of any size, not only on the fingers and toes, but also on the remaining areas of the skin.
Celandine has long been used in medicine in the fight against various dermatological diseases and papillomavirus was no exception. To date, the pharmacy sells ready-made ointment with the juice of this plant, but it is best to make it at home yourself.
To do this, take:
- celandine juice – 1 tablespoon;
- Vaseline – 4 tablespoons.
All components are mixed together to a homogeneous mixture, which is applied to the wart for one week 2-3 times a day. Store the finished ointment only in the refrigerator.
This method is quite effective in removing warts on the finger, but it has some contraindications. Celandine juice cannot be used at home for the treatment of papillomavirus in:
- children under three years old;
- allergy sufferers;
Some people talk about the safety of using celandine during pregnancy, but in fact this is not so. The juice of the plant contains toxic substances that quickly penetrate the body of the expectant mother and can cause harm to the fetus.
Therefore, experts categorically forbid using it as a treatment for growths at any stage of pregnancy.
Vinegar and ash for removing warts
A very effective and unusual anti-papillomavirus method was mixing vinegar essence with wood ash. In this case, the ash of any tree is suitable. It is poured into a deep plate and a little 9% acetic acid is added there. Next, the ingredients are thoroughly mixed, and the resulting mass is applied to the wart on the finger.
To get a good result from this method of treatment, a bandage is applied on top of the finger. This will prevent smearing of the drug mixture.
A contraindication to the use of ash and vinegar from warts was only individual intolerance to acid components.
To prepare compresses to remove growths on the finger, you can use undiluted vinegar essence and half a small onion. Half of the onions are kept in acid for 2-3 hours, after which it must be attached to the wart.
If the growth is in the area between the fingers, then instead of a whole half of the onion, you need to use one scale. It is fixed between the fingers with a bandage or adhesive plaster.
Onion treatment lasts an average of 10 days. During this period, the wart softens and falls off on its own.
Garlic Wart Treatment
Since the appearance of growths on the finger provokes a viral infection, garlic, which has excellent antiviral properties, helps to quickly and effectively fight them. In this case, there is no need to deal with the difficult preparation of decoctions or tinctures, because one or two crushed cloves will be enough to get rid of warts with folk remedies using garlic.
Garlic gruel should be applied to the growth at least twice a day for one or two weeks, depending on the size of the tumor. After a specified time interval, the wart will disappear on its own, without causing any pain. In addition, due to its disinfecting properties, garlic will disinfect a wound that has appeared on the site of the wart and prevent the inflammatory process.
Removal of warts on fingers in children
Growths on children's fingers are a very common phenomenon in medical practice. Basically, children from 10 to 15 years old belong to the risk group for infection with papillomavirus, but growths can also appear in children of kindergarten age.
The reasons why children develop tumors on the fingers or toes are many. The main ones are:
- touching infected peers in a kindergarten or school;
- visiting the pools;
- contact with street or domestic animals that carry human papillomavirus;
- game with other people's toys.
As a rule, all babies lead an active lifestyle, they run and jump, as a result of which various abrasions, scratches or bruises appear on their skin. Damage is becoming the main factor increasing the risk of infection with papillomavirus, and therefore growths on the body in children are quite common.
If the warts on the fingers are not too large, then you can not pay attention to them, usually they pass by themselves. But if the neoplasm increases or becomes inflamed, then it is worth thinking seriously about its removal.
You can remove the wart from the finger with both antiviral drugs and alternative methods. It is worth knowing that not all ointments and tablets are allowed to be used in the treatment of papillomavirus in a child. Therefore, the best solution would be to use the "grandmother" methods that have been tested for centuries.
The safest and most effective way to remove warts in children at home was garlic ointment. To prepare it, grind 3-4 cloves of garlic and add to it half a teaspoon of 9% vinegar essence. Next, the ingredients are thoroughly mixed, and a little flour is poured into the resulting slurry, which should turn the liquid mixture into a creamy mass. The resulting ointment must be treated with a wart on the finger until it disappears.
The main recommendations for getting rid of growths with the help of vinegar-garlic ointment were:
- Before using the mixture, lubricate the area of the skin around the wart with sunflower oil or baby cream;
- the finger with the treated growth should be wrapped with a clean bandage or glued with medical adhesive plaster;
- after each change of the dressing with ointment, the finger should be thoroughly washed with warm water without the use of detergents (soap, shampoo, etc.).
Usually it takes no more than two weeks to remove a wart with this popular recipe.
Removal of warts during pregnancy
Almost every woman during pregnancy has a reduced immune system, which causes various diseases, including papillomavirus. In this case, not every method of removing warts at home will be safe.
In order not to harm the fetus and the expectant mother and at the same time quickly remove the neoplasm, doctors recommend using:
- natural honey;
- fresh chicken egg.
To remove growths with the help of potatoes, a woman needs to cut it in half and regularly apply the potato halves to the growth on the finger. The duration of treatment is about 1-2 weeks.
To remove a wart with honey or a raw egg is very simple. It is necessary to apply honey or yolk to the formation at least three times a day, without violating the regularity. In this case, the wart will disappear in a few weeks.