5 Tips to Avoid Warts on Hands

warts-on-fingers-thumbWarts can be one of the most stubborn skin problems.

Some say that time is the only healer, but it can take years for warts to go away of their own accord. Once established, they can be extraordinarily persistent and resistant to treatment, so even if you spent a fortune and invest a lot of time in applying over the counter preparations, you may find that the warts are still there.

Another problem with warts is that very simply they’re embarrassing. The appearance of warts on the hands, fingers or thumbs tends to be quite noticeable and pretty much impossible to hide.

In fact rather than disappearing after a few weeks, many patients find that the warts are more likely to spread, becoming more numerous and also appearing in other areas as well. Indeed other members of the family may also catch warts, as the virus causing them is quite contagious.

We’ve put together 5 simple tips for avoiding warts and verrucae.

5 Tips for Avoiding Warts

  1. Wash hands – often and well to remove the virus from the skin’s surface
  2. Cover cuts – injured skin is more vulnerable to the wart virus
  3. Avoid biting nails – again, this can make the skin vulnerable to the virus
  4. Keep warts covered – use a plaster to cover warts and stop them spreading
  5. Don’t touch – picking at any warts is tempting, but more likely to spread than stop them

Wart Removal Options

Wart treatment at home is a popular option, paring down the wart and using over the counter preparations containing salicylic acid. However, for stubborn warts, this can be carried out for months without seeing any improvement; so if you’re not seeing any results, there are medical-grade treatments that are likely to give a faster and more thorough result.

Private wart removal is a popular option for those who are keen to have their warts removed quickly and efficiently.

Treatment using  freezing, laser or surgical techniques is available at Skin Surgery Laser Clinic who have a selection of locations conveniently based in London and Bristol. All procedures are carried out by highly trained and experienced doctors and surgeons.

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