I was absent mindedly fiddling with a ring a couple of years back and noticed a small rough bump on my finger. At first a dismissed it as a bug bite or a climbing callus but as it grew just slightly I was horrified to realize it was wart! In my mind warts were a product Disney invented in order for witches to scare small children. As a twenty something woman, who had no intention of terrifying small children, I couldn’t possibly have a wart?
It turns out however, that warts are pretty common. They can be slightly alarming and with the constant media attention that shines on cancer you couldn’t be blamed if that was the first thought that came to mind. Ultimately though warts are harmless and are very treatable with over the counter products.
Warts most commonly appear on your hands, arms and legs. Genital warts are a very specific type of wart that affects you genital area and they are a little different from the common wart. Common warts are:
Most warts will clear up on their own. However, this can take up to 2 years and if yours is painful or annoying you may wish to treat it. There is a variety over the counter products to help with warts. These treatments can be effective but warts are often stubborn and it may take up to 12 weeks to see products work. Patience and persistence is therefore required. If after this time you are still in pain and the treatment hasn’t worked or your wart comes back you could have a chat with your doctor. There are a couple of prescription medications or procedures that can be used to get rid of warts. The doctor will also be able to check that it is just a run of the mill wart and not something else. Also be careful if you are diabetic or have circulatory problems as you may need to be a little more careful regarding how might be the best way to treat them.
There are a range of over-the-counter products that come in the forms of sprays, gels and creams. Most of them contain the active ingredient salicylic acid which research has shown to be effective at clearing verrucas and warts. Best course of use:
If the above medicine does not work you doctor may give you topical (a cream or gel to apply) medicine
They may also suggest Crytotherapy: