Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Home Remedies to Get Rid of Warts and Moles

Warts and moles are two separate skin problems and not the same as some people think.

Warts

Source:  Filiform wart on the eyelid
A person gets warts by direct skin contact with a person who has it. 

Warts are caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV). The virus’s entry point is any area of the surface of the skin which has a cut or abrasion. It enters through the broken skin and settles there. The virus then grows and forms a wart.

There are over 100 types of warts and the common ones are:

Common wart – found on hands and fingers

Plantar warts or foot warts - found on the soles of the feet

Flat warts – common amongst children and can be found in clusters of 20 to 100 on the forehead, the neck, arms and hands. Women also get it on their legs.

Filiform Warts – also called facial warts can form on its own or in clusters ‘around the eyelids, face, neck, or lips.’

Periungual warts – Grows under or around toenails and fingernails. 

Genital warts/vaginal warts – are sexually transmitted and found in the vaginal area.

Progress in the medical field has made it possible to invent the vaccine Gardasil which is given to females to safeguard them from sexually transmitted diseases including genital/vaginal warts. Experts recommend the vaccination be given before the girl becomes sexually actively.

Moles

Source: Non-Melanoma
The mole is much smaller than a wart and the medical term for it is melanocytic nevus. Moles are formed when there is an overproduction of melanocytes. 

Melanocytes are cells in our skin which produces melanin. Melanin is the pigment which gives our skin its color. When there is an excess amount of melanocytes produced the amount of melanin too will increase and form spots on certain areas of the skin which are darker than the skin. The spots are known as moles.

Moles can be dangerous if it changes into malignant melanomas which are a form of skin cancer. You should seek immediate medical help if your mole spreads and gets broader, the color changes or if it begins to crust, scale, ooze or bleed.

Home Remedy Treatment for Warts

You will need:
  • Vaseline
  • Cotton ball or cotton pad
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Band-Aid, bandage or duct tape

Before going to bed, rub some Vaseline around (not on) the wart. Then dip a cotton ball in some apple cider vinegar. Fully cover the wart with the wet piece of cotton and place a band-aid, a piece of bandage or duct tape over it to hold the cotton in place and prevent it from falling off.

Remove the cotton the next morning. Continue the treatment until you see results. It can take up to several weeks for the wart to shrink and fall off.

Home Remedy Treatment for Moles

Apply a layer of Vaseline on the mole every night. The mole should eventually fall off.

© Suranee Perera 2012

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