A practical guide for nutritional and traditional health care.
The small outgrowths of skin on the body are called warts; these may look serious but are mostly harmless and benign in their effect. The most common forms of warts or outgrowths are plantar warts found occurring in the feet and the common warts that are usually seen on the fingers and the hands, besides these there are other types which are found elsewhere in the body. There are warts seen in the genital areas as well, these are highly contagious and are considered the most serious types of warts, these is because the presence of these warts on the genitalia increases the likelihood of getting some form of skin, cervical, and even penile cancers, these genital warts are therefore malignant growths.
A small cut or abrasion on the skin is sufficient for invasion and infection by a human papilloma virus and other types of viruses, these come into the top layer of the skin, and cause the formation of a wart on the surface of the skin. It takes from a month to eight months or even up to a year from the date of initial infection to the actual appearance of a wart on the skin. The emergence of the wart is also due to factors such as a less than functional immune system in the person, the immune system indeed plays an important role in the development of the wart.
Supplements and herbs
As the immune system functioning has such a decisive role in the appearance of warts on the skin, the use of the vitamin A and vitamin C and other important supplements can aid greatly in strengthening the immune system to preclude the appearance of warts in the body. In addition these help in the total elimination of the warts themselves over a period of time and may prevent recurrences of infection over the long term. Thus the supplements can play both a prophylactic as well as a therapeutic role in the affected individual.
Substances such as the vitamin E, the oil of the common garlic, and tea tree oil, other herbs like the goldenseal and pau d'arco tinctures, and the gel of the aloe vera can all be used as topical applications to rid the body of warts. Another external application to eliminate warts is the use of a powdered form of the vitamin C, if this is mixed with water, it can prove itself to be an effective topical agent against warts of all kinds on the body. The use of a compress, such as a piece of flannel or cotton gauze is the usual method by which such substances are applied to the skin of the individual to rid one of warts. Healing is believed to be accomplished by the use of these substances as each of them is believed to contain anti viral agents. You can try alternative supplements if one of them seems to have no effect on the warts formed in the body. Rub some petroleum jelly on the skin around an affected spot if the skin becomes irritated in anyway, all supplements must be used diluted with a little water or vegetable oil, when it is intended for direct application onto the warts. Because warts in the genitalia can become excessively sensitive, all preparations intended for use on the warts in the genital region must be diluted to a great degree before application. The cotton gauze or flannel used for application of the topical medication must be changed on a regular and daily basis. Within three or four days, effects will become noticeable and the supplements will begin showing results. Do not stop topical treatment till the time the wart heals up completely and the skin smoothens out.
Topical treatments of other supplements like castor oil-combined with a little baking soda, and clove oil can also be used as effective topical applications or used in compresses to be left on the affected area. Even warts in the genital region can be removed using these applications and so can all warts on the other areas of the body. Because genital warts may have develop into something malignant, medical assistance must be sought at once and you should make sure that it is examined by a competent doctor before starting the use of these applications.
There are many ways to take these homeopathic remedies and it is advisable to start with a relatively low potency: form such as 6x, 6c, 12x or 12c strengths, these dosage strengths can be used once or twice every day of the treatment regimen, a single dose of 30c strength can also be used per day. The potency and dosage may be adjusted or will need to be changed from time to time, so will the remedy used as the warts may disappear in days or may take months on end to disappear completely. While some of the other remedies can be used as internal supplements, it is possible to use the tincture of thuja mixed with oil thuja oil once or twice each day on the warts themselves as topical treatments.
Additional things you may do
When you are around a pool or at the gym make sure you are wearing shower shoes to minimize the chances of infection. It is known that some types of plantar wart viruses are communicated via locker room floors by people already affected with them. Treatments involving many different types of techniques may be required for the more persistent types of warts; these methods can include the use of prescription wart removers or techniques that involve freezing, burning, or laser treatment methods.
The elimination of warts in children can be achieved through the use of banana peel; these contain an organic substance which is highly effective for destroying warts and removing them from the body. This particular treatment method is recommended by many professional dermatologists. Use a silk tape to hold a small piece of banana peel against the wart or the affected region of the skin. These peels can be changed once or twice every day after it has seen some use on the skin for a period of time. Until the time the warts disappear, keep using the peels and repeat the treatment every two weeks; this is the normal time period during which the wart will fade away on its own. Many forms of the warts that appear in the genital region are eliminated through the use of podophyllin, this is an organic extract of the root of the American mandrake herb, the active compound in it is very toxic to cells and it is primarily used against genital warts. To ensure that the surrounding tissues of the body are not damaged, the use of podophyllin must be restricted to the house, and in all cases its usage should be conducted under the supervision of a doctor. The antiviral and immune system boosting properties of the shiitake mushrooms can also be used against warts. Children twelve years of age and over can be prescribed a single capsule, given two times a day, for a total treatment period lasting one month.
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