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What are Warts? Types and Treatment
Warts are a type of skin lesion and are of many types and shapes. These may be flat and smooth, large, small, itching, painful, bleeding, dry, oozing, hard, soft, in crops or isolated etc. Most of them are non-cancerous in nature and can be treated differently by different healing systems.
Types of Warts
Most common of the warts are flat or juvenile warts and common warts, which are also called fig warts. As the name goes, flat warts are flat and usually with smooth surface but fig warts are those that look like small cauliflowers. They can be located any where on the body including nostrils, eyelids, genitals and around anus. Depending upon the type, a wart can be nearly a millimeter in diameter or as big as a dried up grape or even bigger. Warts on palms and soles are usually hard and non-bleeding and not brown in color. Warts on soles can be painful on walking. In some individuals more than one type of warts may be present at the same time.
Causes of warts
It is said that warts are caused by virus and can also be inherited. If any of the parents or grandparents had warts or moles or both, most probably the children will also have them though different in type, shape, size and number.
Homeopathic Treatment of Warts
In orthodox treatment system, the treatment consists of local destruction of warts by chemicals (salicylic acid, podophyllin, formalin) or physical methods like burning, freezing or curettage. Warts can also be removed surgically. Problem with these methods is that they do not remove the cause or stop them from reappearing elsewhere.
In homeopathy there are over 50 medicines to treat various types of warts, which may also be used according to their location. So every medicine cannot be used for every type. It will have to be chosen according to the type of wart and other symptoms of the individual. The treatment is usually though oral use of medicines. If medication is done correctly, the warts disappear permanently without leaving spots on the skin, never to return. Commonly used medicines are Causticum, Lycopodium, Natrum-mur, Nitric acid and Thuja et cetera.