Warts on hands are caused by the human papillomavirus, which has many subtypes, with some leading to the formation genital warts and plantar warts. There are about 60 different varieties of the virus and some of them result in warts on hands and warts on fingers.
HPV Warts can be quite uncomfortable and very embarrassing, especially because some people freak out when they see the unusual growth on their hands and fingers. The virus population cannot be easily removed from the body, but it may eventually go away in 2 to 3 years after the infection. However, some people have an amazing ability to contain the virus, not showing any symptom or developing warts. This may be attributed to their strong immunity to the virus and a healthy lifestyle.
Removing the Warts
Several different methods are used to remove the warts. Sometimes, even if the warts are physically removed, there is guarantee that they will not return as your immune system can be weakened due to a variety of factors (stress, poor dietary regimen, etc.) The best way to avoid infection is to practice safe sex.
There are several products on the market developed to remove growths on the hands and fingers. These can show results in only about twelve hours. Sometimes, warts may require surgical removal, especially when they are difficult to treat and are rooted deep inside the skin.
Appearance and Growth of Warts
Warts usually have the same color as your skin but are very rough to touch. These can grow on the hands and fingers, but they may also appear on the soles of your feet as plantar warts, and in the genital area as genital warts. These warts look very different depending on their location and the type of HPV that caused the growth.
Who Can Get Warts on Hands
Anyone can get infected with warts. Children are especially vulnerable to the virus because their immune systems are not fully developed. It can also be passed through skin contact or contact with objects, the floor, furniture, and any other surface moist enough for the virus to thrive. The virus can also spread from the infected area to other parts of the body especially if the warts are pricked or scratched.
Diagnosis and Treatment
The diagnosis of warts on hands involves visual check-up by the doctor. In most cases, the warts are easy to spot and can be diagnosed by anyone familiar with the appearance of warts. Doctors prescribe different commercial products to remove the formations. Surgical procedures can also be performed, but no intervention (medications or surgery) can ensure that the warts will not reappear. It much depends on your overall health condition.
Since the virus cannot be easily flushed out from the human system through drugs, the best way to fight it is to boost your immune system. Warts on the hands are more easy to prevent if you reduce stress in your environment, balance your diet, exercise, and have a positive outlook.