You can talk to Mister Private about anything. So letís talk about warts.
Periodically the virus will infect layers of the skin, causing a rapid growth of cells, resulting in a wart. A wart spreads from person to person by touching a towel or object used by the infected person. Sometimes an individual will catch HPV but it wonít develop into warts. Removing the wart does not remove the virus from the body but it does remove the unsightly growth and can reduce the physical and emotional discomfort.
Common warts occur on the fingers, back of hands, arms, top of feet and other areas of the body. They are usually free of pain. Common warts occur in people of all ages. They are small, flesh- or white-colored, rough bumps. Plantar warts occur on the bottom of the feet. You can get them from walking around barefoot especially in public places. They are spotted in appearance due to blood vessels that have become clotted within the wart. Plantar warts can be painful and can swell.
Warts can be treated with an over-the counter-treatment that contains salicylic acid. These treatments come in a liquid like Compound W or Dr. Schollís wart pads. The liquids are convenient for all areas. The pads, which are similar to a band-aid, are nice for fingers and toes. A doctor can also remove a wart using a number of simple surgical procedures. He may use liquid nitrogen to freeze off the wart. It isnít very painful and does require multiple treatments. He may use Cantharidin to turn the wart into a blister. The procedure isnít painful, but the blister can be; however thatís what kills the wart. The doctor might also suggest minor surgery or laser surgery. If you have an especially bad case of warts, the doctor may propose immunotherapy, Bleomycin injections or a retinoid cream.
Recent wart patients have been using duct tape to treat warts. Itís trueóduct tape can fix everything. People cover their warts with duct tape for six days, soak them in warm water and rub them with an emery board or pumice stone. You can repeat this process for up to two months. Itís definitely the cheapest option on the market. Remember: warts are a virus so chances are you wonít be able to permanently rid yourself of them, but they can be kept under control.
To stop the spread of warts, donít brush or shave areas with warts. Also, donít use the same nail file or nail clipper on healthy fingers and toes and infected ones. Donít pick at your warts and wash your hands carefully after touching them.
What To do About Warts on Your Genitals
Genital warts are a common sexually transmitted disease. They are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). Genital warts are found on the moist tissues of the genital area and look like small, flesh-colored or gray bumps or have a cauliflower appearance. They can be so tiny that you cannot see them or they can multiply into clusters. They are caused by sexual contact with an infected person and can develop within three months of it. You can also get these warts in your throat if you perform oral sex on an affected person. Some symptoms of genital warts, aside from seeing them, are itching or discomfort and bleeding with intercourse; however, sometimes you will not have any symptoms and the warts will be too small to see. Also, sometimes you will just have HPV, but no warts. The complexity of genital warts means you should always see a doctor if you think you have an STD. HPV is associated with cervical cancer, so genital warts can lead to serious complications.
The doctor will spray an acetic acid solution to your genitals, which will turn any warts white, so they are readily visible. If youíre a woman, the doctor will perform a Pap smear to test the area. To treat the warts, the doctor may prescribe a cream or ointment. He will explain how you use it. For more serious cases, the doctor may use liquid nitrogen to freeze off the wart. It isnít very painful and does require multiple treatments. The doctor might also suggest minor surgery or laser surgery. If you have an especially bad case of warts, the doctor may propose immunotherapy, Bleomycin injections or a retinoid cream. Because a virus causes them, genital warts never go away.
The FDA recently approved a vaccine called Gardasil to protect citizens against HPV. It is administered in three doses and Mister Private highly recommends it if you havenít contracted HPV. STDs must be stopped before they spread!