Warts on Hands
Among all the different types of warts, warts on hands are generally the type called common warts. This type is commonly found growing on any part of the hand, including the fingers. Along with the other types of warts, the ones found growing on your hands are benign, noncancerous growths. They will almost always go away on their own within two years. However, most people prefer to treat them to keep them from spreading to other parts of their body. But until your body’s immune system overcomes the virus that causes warts on your hands, or any other part of your body, the possibility that they may recur will continue to exist.
As a rule, children typically get these growths on their hands much more often than adults. This is most likely the result of their immune systems being weaker than that of adults. Furthermore, the habits of children, such as sharing toys, towels and other things, can easily lead to the virus being spread from child to child. Since children usually don’t know any better, they will quite often pick at their warts which can unknowingly lead to spreading them to other parts of their body.
If you decide to allow the warts on your children’s hands to go away on their own, to keep them from spreading you should have your child avoid touching any grooming products in your household. Items such as nail Clippers and Combs that are shared by the children in your house should be disinfected after use by anyone that has warts on their hands.
The virus that causes warts is known as the human papillomavirus. While this virus is not extremely contagious, it can easily enter through small nicks cuts or scratches in the service of the skin. For this reason, it’s important to keep the skin on your hands and other parts of your body healthy.
The strain of the virus that causes warts on hands is different from the strain of the virus that causes other types of warts, such as genital warts or flat warts that often grow on the face. There are known to be over 100 different strains of the human papillomavirus.
Of the three type of warts that are generally found growing on people’s hands, subungual warts are thought to be the ones that are most difficult to treat. The reason for this is that subungual warts grow underneath a person’s fingernails or sometimes under toenails. As a rule this type of wart should always be treated by a Doctor, due to the fact that over-the-counter topical solutions cannot be applied under a fingernail or toenail. Furthermore, subungual warts are more likely to be painful, because of the pressure it causes against the underside of the fingernail.
Another type of wart that are typically found growing on hands are called, periungual warts. This type typically grow on the fingers but occasionally can be found growing on the toes also. They might also be found right next to a fingernail or toenail. Periungual warts typically respond well to most over-the-counter removal medications. Occasionally though, stubborn cases will require the removal by your Dr. or dermatologist.
There are a number of home remedies that have been effectively used by some people to remove warts from their hands. Home remedies are also sometimes referred to as natural removal remedies. Home, or natural remedies, like any removal method, may not be effective for everyone. However with that said, many people have successfully removed warts from their hands with home remedies.
There are a number of over-the-counter topical solutions that can be used to remove warts from your hands. The most common of which will contain a substance called salicylic acid. There are also over-the-counter cryogenic removal products. With cryogenics what you’re doing is freezing the wart off. This method is sometimes a little too painful for children however.
Warts on hands are no more contagious than than those that grow on any other part of your body. However due to the fact that your hands typically touch many more things, that can lead to spreading the virus to other people or other parts of your body much more often than warts that are growing on other parts of your body. For that reason its a good idea to treat them as soon as possible.