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Summertime warts: What they are and how to get rid of them

19 March 2024

How to remove common warts

Warts are a common affliction and mostly affect children and teenagers, although people of any age can get them. They can cause significant discomfort or embarrassment. Otherwise warts can just be a minor inconvenience. The good news is that warts are easily removed with an over-the-counter remedy from your pharamacy or purchased online.

What are common warts?

Common warts are fleshy skin growths. Warts spread through person to person contact and summer is the time when they are most contagious. The virus is contagious and easily spread in wet environments such as swimming pools and change rooms, school playgrounds and gyms. Warts do go away over time but it can take a few years for them to fall off naturally so it is best to treat warts early and before they spread.

What types of warts are there?

The Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is the virus which causes warts. This virus thrives in warm, moist weather conditions, making them particularly common during the summer months. There are many kinds of warts with the most prevalent being:

  • Common warts have a rough surface, are greyish-yellow or brown and are found on the fingers, elbows, knees, or the face.
  • Filiform warts are small, long, narrow growths with finger-like projections that often appear on eyelids, lips, face, or neck.
  • Flat warts are small, smooth growths that tend to form in clusters on the face, back of the hands, or legs.
  • Periungual warts appear as thickened skin around the nails and can cause painful splits in the skin.
  • Plantar and palmar warts are warts on the soles of the feet (plantar) or the palms of the hands (palmar). Standing or walking exerts pressure and makes the warts hurt.
  • Mosaic warts are palmer or planter warts which form in clusters.

What are wart treatments?

There are many different ‘old wives’ wart treatments and these range in effectiveness and many of them are medically unproven. Home remedies include everything from clear nail polish and duct tape to sliced garlic, oil, and raw potato. Warts can also be removed by a doctor or skin specialist but this is an expensive option and not always a permanent solution. There can be some scarring.

What is the best wart remover?

Kroko WartFix is a tried-and-tested at-home solution for common wart removal which is both cost-effective and simple. This is a flexible liquid application which forms a waterproof covering over the wart. Apply WartFix directly to the wart, not the surrounding skin and keep reapplying it twice a day until the wart falls off which can take up to two weeks. Please follow the on-pack directions for best results and take care to protect the healthy skin around the wart, as directed.

If you are unsure about your wart or concerned in any way, please seek the advice of a medical professional.

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