Seed Warts Treatment

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Warts are pesky skin growths that can affect anyone at any age, and while generally harmless, are invariably unwanted and can negatively affect your self-confidence. Warts actually come in a number of different forms, and are generally defined by where they affect people and the causative virus. This article concerns itself with a particular kind of wart known as ‘seed warts’ which commonly affect fingers, the back of hands, and the skin around nails.

What are seed warts?

Seed warts are like other warts in that they are small skin growths that occur as a consequence of viral infection. Unlike other warts, seed warts have a very characteristic appearance, more specifically in that they look like small black dots because of nearby blood vessels. Seed warts are aggravated by sunlight, catalysing the growth of the warts and thereby worsening the condition. Seed warts are characterised by the fact that they can appear in dozens and hundreds, while common warts can appear on their own or in small groups.

What causes seed warts?

Seed warts are caused by the same virus that lies behind all other warts, the human papillomavirus, aka HPV. HPV actually exists in over 130 subtly different subtypes, many of which can cause different types of warts, depending on where the strike.

How do you get seed warts?

HPV is an extremely contagious virus, and is easily spread through direct and indirect contact with a person already suffering from an infection, particularly in certain warm and wet environments. All viruses need to survive is a little heat and moisture, which is why public swimming pools, changing rooms, and showers can often be hotbeds of infection. Direct contact with a person with warts basically means either touching those warts or touching a part of their body which has been in contact with their warts, that is quite often all it takes! Indirect contact is through surfaces that have been in contact with someone’s warts.

Can you treat seed warts?

In many cases treatments aren’t even necessary, as your body will take care of the irksome infection soon enough on its own. However if you do want to go ahead and get treatment for the condition, then there are many prescription and non-prescription creams and gels which will do the job quite well. If you need something more potent then you should see your doctor about more aggressive treatment options, and if he or she thinks it appropriate, you can opt for laser, surgical, or cryotherapy treatments.

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