How to Prevent the Spread of Common Warts

Common warts are skin growth caused by the human papillomavirus, or HPV. Common warts are not cancerous, however. Some may even disappear on their own. Still, they can be quite embarrassing. Common warts are also considered to be contagious. Because of this, you really have to treat those common warts to prevent the spread to other members of the household. Here’s how you can treat this skin problem.

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Steps to prevent the spread of common warts

Step #1: Use duct tape

Some claim that warts can be suffocated. This is why a lot of people claim that covering warts with duct tape or other non-breathable tape is effective. The tape must be left on the infected area most of the time and should only be removed few hours in a week.

Step #2: Use aerosol wart treatments

Aerosol wart treatment gets rid of warts by freezing them at a temperature of negative 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Aerosol wart treatment can be bought over the counter in the form of sprays.

Step #3: Use salicylic acid

Salicylic acid can dissolve the protein, which makes up the warts. Salicylic acid comes in the form of drops, gels, pads, and plasters. They can get rid of warts of all sizes.

Step #4: Use garlic

Garlic is also one of the home remedies for common warts. You need to crush fresh garlic, rub it directly to the warts, and cover the affected skin area with a bandage. You have to do this everyday until your warts are completely gone.

Step #5: Use Vitamin C

You can also use Vitamin C tablets when dealing with common warts. You have to make a paste out of the tablet and then apply it to the warts and then cover the area with a bandage.

Tips when dealing with common warts

Common warts are persistent. They can actually come back after you have removed them. Warts can also spread quickly. To keep them from spreading, you should cover them with bandage. You should also keep the infected area dry most of the time to avoid further infection.

Warts can be quite difficult to remove. In order to prevent contracting viruses that cause warts, you should wear sandals in public showers and pools. You should also keep your feet dry all the time. Do not share socks, razors, and towels with other people to ensure good hygiene.

Related questions:

1. What’s the most effective home remedy for common warts?
2. Is there a way to remove warts permanently?
3. Will common warts come back after treating them with home remedies?

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  1. whimsical1207 says:

    One of the most effective way to remove warts is thorugh the application of salicylic acid. Make sure that to get patches or solutions that has 17% salicylic acid as this will help remove the infected skin. It would be best if you soak the wart infected part of your skin in warm water for 15 to 20 minutes before applying a patch or solution. Using this treatment usually takes weeks and in between treatments you can use nail file to remove dead skin cell to speed up the treatment.

  2. Personally, I let my dermatologist handle this problem and she takes care of it thru electro-surgery or cauterization. In this method, warts are burnt with electric current. Yes, It sounds painful, but of course, you will be treated with anaesthetics first before undergoing the procedure, but still, it stings a little especially in the neck areas where our skin is a little thinner.

    To tell you the truth, I really don’t like this method at all because aside from being a bit expensive & painful, it’s also embarrassing because little black marks appear on my face the day after the cauterization. This marks usually lasted for 4 to 5 more days. But it’s the only sure method of eliminating almost all warts, even those not visible to the naked eye.

    I agree that some home remedies are helpful and effective in preventing the spread of warts, however the problem still exists because all you do is keep them from spreading. So might as well let a professional handle the situation.

  3. potrish78 says:

    You can acquire common warts by using other people’s towels who have common warts. So I suggest that you should refrain from borrowing other people’s personal belongings even if they are your best friend or a family member. Personal things like towels should not be shared to prevent yourself from acquiring whatever virus or any type of disease.

    I had common warts before which was cauterized by a dermatologist. There was more than 100 common warts sitting on my face and neck which is almost not visible to the naked eye. I was surprised to know that. After the cauterization, I was advised to throw away all the sponge I use for putting foundation on. And all the paraphernalia I use for putting make up on because I can acquire the warts back if I use them all again.

  4. Getting rid of common warts can be handled safely and hygienically by a dermatologist. The warts need to be pricked a little before cauterizing them. There are some who use a cold method instead of cauterization to remove warts.The paste used is from the extract of cashew which can quickly remove the warts without any burns like cauterization.Nevertheless, just make sure that for any method used, use sterilized equipment for pricking to prevent infection.

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