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It is a known fact that one in every ten people will develop at least one wart in their lifetime. Many will simply disappear on their own while others seem to never go away. These unsightly blemishes are the one most common skin complaint today. There are a variety of treatments for warts from over the counter removers to natural treatments that can hasten the healing.

Warts found on the fingers and hands are known as common warts. This wart appears as a flat or raised growth that is usually darker than the skin surface. The warts that appear on the feet are commonly known as plantar warts. Plantar warts appear as flat or raised bumps on the bottom of the feet and often look like a callus. The most serious kind of wart is the genital wart. These warts appear as a reddish pink growth with a small flowery head in the genital area. Genital warts have even been known to increase the risk of some forms of cancer.

A wart is the result of a human papilloma virus of which there are dozens of different types. When this virus invades the top layer of skin through a cut or abrasion an infection occurs and a wart appears. This can take anywhere from eight months to many years to occur. It is believed that low immunity may play a role in activating the wart virus causing the growth to emerge. Although many times a wart may appear as a single blemish, they can also grow in clusters. While most warts are painless, some may itch or bleed. Anytime a wart appears after the age of 45 or when a wart is larger than a pencil eraser, bleeds and hurts it is wise to contact a physician. Warts appearing in the genital area should also be treated by your doctor.

Since occurrences of warts are often linked to the strength of the immune system, taking supplements to strengthen this area have proven helpful. Taking vitamin A and C has also been known to eliminate the growth of warts. Topicals are another way of treating warts. If the wart has been developed for some time it will help to soak the affected area in water for about 20 minutes before applying the treatment. Tea tree oil, garlic oil and vitamin E are all good topical treatments for these blemishes. All three are believed to contain virus fighting ingredients that may aid with healing. A paste made with powdered vitamin C and water has also proven useful in treating warts. All topicals should be applied using a skin compress made of flannel or cotton gauze. Dabbing aloe vera gel on a wart has proved helpful in treating warts. Using a tincture of Pau d'arco or goldenseal in a compress has worked in some cases. Taking two Pau d'arco daily has proven to be an excellent boost for the immune system as well.

In all cases when using topicals be sure to watch for skin irritations. If one should occur you can cover the area surrounding the wart with vegetable oil or petroleum jelly to protect the skin. Be sure when doing this not to cover the wart. While over the counter remedies are sometimes effective, they contain harsh chemicals which are more likely to irritate the skin. When a wart appears in an area that you would normally shave, take care to protect the wart from being cut. Scratching or cutting a wart can result in infection and scarring.

Always check with your doctor about your warts. You don't want to miss skin cancer.