Many people do not attach much importance to the appearance of papillomas on their backs until they begin to cause discomfort. Unfortunately, these growths that do not go away on their own are not just a cosmetic defect. They are of viral origin, which means that, one way or another, they can cause harm to health.
Why it is necessary to get rid of papillomas arising on any part of the body in time, what methods are used in this case, and how a proper diet can help in the fight against papillomavirus.
What are papillomas ICD-10
The abbreviation ICD stands for International Classification of Diseases. According to this classification, each type of skin disease has its own code. Codes D10 through D36 indicate benign, safe neoplasms. Papillomas of unknown origin are assigned a code from D37 to D48, and dangerous malignant growths have a code of 3, 6 or 9.
Specialists can determine the type of papilloma by its appearance. Attributing the growth to one or another type, they evaluate how dangerous its appearance is and prescribe the appropriate treatment.
What do papillomas look like: types and classifications
Papillomas look like single or multiple, but growths on the skin grouped in one area, soft and elastic to the touch. Depending on the type, they can have a smooth or fleecy surface, have a broad base, or connect to the skin surface with a thin leg. Papules can grow up to 2 centimeters in diameter, the color varies from flesh to dark brown. More often appear on the face, armpits, neck and genitals. Papillomas are more susceptible to older people.
Skin growths have hundreds of varieties, of which the following are most common:
- Vulgar or simple. They are a small growth with a keratinized surface. More often appear on the back and limbs;
- Plantar They grow on the soles of the feet. They look like small rough seals with prominent edges;
- Flat. Unpleasant in that it often causes itching and pain. They are flattened formations of a round or polygonal shape in flesh color;
- Threaded. They have the appearance of yellowish protruding formations. If you look closely, you can see that this is a large cluster of thin, elongated growths. Often appear on the eyelids, neck, armpits, genitals;
- Condylomas Light pink nodular formations appearing in the genital area and anus;
- Keratopapillomas. Dense, flat growths of yellow color, more often appearing in older people.
Papillomas on the back often look like flat moles or spiky outgrowths on the legs.
Reasons for the appearance
A huge number of people around the world are carriers of papillomavirus. It is his activity that causes the emergence of various growths and warts, which often do not cause any discomfort, being only a cosmetic defect.
There are many ways to infect papillomavirus:
- Through touch;
- During sexual contact;
- A baby may become infected by an infected mother during childbirth;
- When using personal items of an infected person;
- When using public baths and toilets;
- During a manicure, if the master uses poorly sanitized tools;
To the virus, a tiny wound on the skin or mucous membrane is enough to penetrate the epithelium. The risk group includes people:
- Neglecting personal hygiene
- Prone to promiscuity;
- Having weakened immunity;
- Taking drugs that suppress the immune system;
- Having a chronic disease;
- Having bad habits;
- Suffering from diseases of the genitourinary system and gastrointestinal tract.
Infection with unprotected sexual contact is the most common way of transmitting the virus, since the mucous membranes are more susceptible to microtrauma than other external membranes of the human body.
Why are papillomas dangerous?
Once in the body, papillomavirus can not immediately begin its activity. Usually, its activity is suppressed for a long time by the immune system. The appearance of multiple papillomas indicates a weakening of the body's defenses and its inability to cope with the virus on its own. Papillomavirus patients often simply do not pay attention to painless neoplasms. Anxiety occurs when other symptoms appear:
- Tingling or itching sensation in or around the growth;
- Inflammation and swelling with rubbing papillomas on clothing;
- The development of a bacterial infection in case of damage to the papilloma: it begins to fester, the tissues around become inflamed and swell.
It is believed that the appearance of papillomas in men is less dangerous than in women. In the weaker sex, genital warts that form inside the genitals can develop into cervical cancer.
Even if the growths are painless and do not occur in the genital area, they can eventually develop into a malignant tumor.
Itching with papillomas
The fact that papilloma, which had not previously caused any inconvenience, begins to itch, may indicate personal hygiene, especially when it comes to growths in the armpits and anus. Itching can also occur from constant friction of the neoplasm on the tissue or inadequate air circulation when wearing synthetic clothing.
However, unpleasant sensations can signal the progression of the disease. Then the appearance of itching will be accompanied by the following symptoms:
- Tingling sensation inside the growth;
- Discoloration of the neoplasm;
- Redness and inflammation of the growth and tissues around it;
- Self-drying and falling off of papillomas;
- The formation on the surface of the growth of small, constantly bleeding and non-healing wounds.
Papillomavirus never causes itching on its own. It can be a symptom of cancerous degeneration, therefore, when this symptom appears, you should immediately consult a doctor.
Do I need to delete
Any neoplasms are an alarming sign of weakening of the body's forces and pose a threat of a malignant tumor. Therefore, papillomas on the back should be removed immediately, even if they do not cause any problems.
There are several traditional ways to remove the papilloma:
- Cryotherapy – removal with liquid nitrogen;
- Laser burning;
- Surgical removal.
The largest ones are removed – the maternal papillomas, which stops the spread of smaller growths. After this, the patient is prescribed drug therapy to strengthen the immune system and suppress the activity of the virus in order to reduce the risk of relapse to zero.
Fans of traditional medicine can try to burn papillomas on their own with the help of potent herbs or even cut with a thread or a sharp blade. These methods are dangerous and ineffective. They can:
- To provoke the spread of the virus;
- Cause infection;
- Leave scars, burns and age spots on the skin.
In addition, folk remedies allow you to get rid of only the external growth, while its inner part remains deep in the epidermis.
Nutrition for papillomas
In the fight against papillomavirus, nutrition plays an equally important role than drug and surgical treatment. It is important to create a balanced diet aimed at restoring weakened immunity and containing a sufficient amount of vitamins, minerals, proteins, fats and natural carbohydrates. When choosing a diet, it is advisable to observe the following recommendations:
- Use a sufficient amount of liquid (at least 2 liters per day) in the form of: pure water, juices, soups and liquid products;
- In the morning on an empty stomach, drink a glass of lemon drink: two tablespoons of lemon juice diluted with water: this helps to strengthen immunity, cleanse the digestive system and liver;
- Include fresh vegetables and fruits in the diet;
- Provide the body with a large number of vitamins in any form;
- Eat enough protein in the form of lean meat, eggs, milk. Proteins are also found in nuts and legumes;
- Limit the use of fatty and fried foods;
- Limit the use of refined foods: muffins, sweets, sugar. With oncogenic type papillomavirus, they increase the risk of cancer;
- Refuse alcohol, limit the use of drinks containing a large amount of caffeine.