NATURAL HEALING CLINIC
The following information has been extracted from our clinical library for your convenience. The Natural Healing Clinic does not diagnose disease.
Warts are caused by a virus called Human Papilloma Virus. There are many strains and types of this virus, which can manifest as different types of warts. To get a wart, you must come into contact with the virus, either directly by contact with an infected person, or indirectly by contact with an infected surface such as the shower floor or towels, toilet seat. The virus needs to penetrate your skin (usually through cracks or breaks in your skin which is most easy through the feet (plantar warts) when they are moist or cracked or through bitten fingernails where the skin is broken. Your immune system should kick in and destroy these invaders, but clearly this is not always the case and if you have warts, it is an indication that the vital energy and immunity has been compromised.
TYPES: There are several types of warts: COMMON PLANTAR FLAT GENITAL. It is rare (but not impossible) to get plantar, flat or common warts from another person, but genital warts are very contagious due to the type of skin and any type of friction that may occur in the area.
Genital warts may take a year or more to develop after being infected. Other warts may take anywhere from one to 4 weeks. Because of our immune system it has been known that warts can disappear over many months to years (children are more common than adults to heal on their own).
COMMON WART (Verucae vulgaris) usually occurs on fingers, near the nails, backs of the hands, especially where the skin is broken. They are usually rough and scaly and raised. They can be in groups and so may take on a rough cauliflower appearance.
PLANTAR (Foot) WART is found on the bottom of the foot and bottom of the toes in the weight bearing areas. They are usually flat but can develop a thick skin covering called hyperkeratosis. Because of their positioning, they can be painful to walk on. They have black dots deep inside which are actually dried up capillary blood vessels. These can be difficult to get rid of and usually require a smothering method to finally be successful.
FLAT WARTS (Verrucae planae) are smaller and smoother, about 1-3mm in size. They can be flesh colored to a light tan color and are only slightly elevated above skin surface. These can grow abundantly 20-100 at the same time, anywhere. In children they are common on the face. For men, they are common in the beard area,
and for women they are commonly found on the face or legs.
GENITAL (Condyloma acuminatum) happen on the genitalia (penis, scrotum, vulva, vagina, cervix, around the anus, or inside the rectum. They can be small and flat to large and thick. They are usually soft and coloring is anywhere from pale pink, to tan, to brown. They can be single or clusters of soft cauliflower-like growths.
These warts are extremely painful, irritating. The genital wart virus rarely causes warts on the hands or feet, but can cause warts on the mouth and this type of wart can be transmitted from one partner to another through sexual activity. An infected mother can pass on the infection to her newborn baby during delivery causing
damage to the newborn. Two of the types of Papilloma Virus have been associated with cancer of the cervix and genital area. Women with genital wards can have pap tests every 6 months to assure themselves of no cancer activity. Keep the area dry. Use blow dryer to dry the area after a bath. Do not rub or irritate the area.
Wear only cotton underwear (it breathes better). Do not have intercourse.
• do not walk in public areas without foot protection
• don’t share towels, washcloths, or footwear with other people (even family members)
• avoid contact with warts on other people, or on other parts of your body
• avoid using the same file or nail clipper on warts as you do on your healthy nails
• avoid biting your nails, especially if you have warts near your fingernails
• don’t pick at warts. Picking may spread the virus. Perhaps cover the child’s wart with an adhesive bandage to discourage picking.
• wear condoms during sexual intercourse to prevent contact with or the spread of genital warts
Don’t ignore growths or changes in your skin. Warts are almost never cancerous, however HPV 16 and 18 have been found in some cases of cervical cancer, rarely other female genital tract cancers. It is extremely rare for the HPV virus to be recovered from a wart-like cancerous growth on a finger or toe. Suspicious warts in suspicious location such as the female genitalia can be biopsied to rule out skin cancer.
Warts do not need to be treated, they can spontaneously resolve without, but this can take many years and most people want them gone as fast as possible. If you can get rid of them, it also reduces the risk of further spreading.
Here’s some ideas to get rid of various types of warts:
METHODS OF ERADICATION:
Cryotherapy – using liquid nitrogen, they are frozen, causing a blister and are usually resolved within 10 days.
Limited scarring. Cryotherapy can be painful, not well tolerated by children. Success is variable.
Blistering agents: Such as Canthacur, applied to the wart. Within 2 days a blister or scab appears and a large part of the wart will peel off. The treatment is repeated every 1-4 weeks until the wart is gone. This is painless, and well-tolerated. The downside is that it can cause the central wart to disappear, but lead to the formation of a donut-like rim of warts around the area treated.
Topical: Topical agents are available at stores such as aspirin which can be taped to the wart. There are preparations that come in the form of adhesive patches that are worn daily, and solutions that are painted on and then covered with a tape. Home remedies such as taping the inside of a banana skin onto the wart, fall into this category.
Duck tape: This is actually more effective than cryotherapy. The person usually wears duct tape for 6 days, then removes the tape, soaks the wart, files it with an emery board or pumice stone, then reapplies a new tape 12 hours later and repeats the process for up to 2 months. The duct tape may cause some minor skin irritation,
but it can be quite effective as it actually smothers the wart right down to the root. Probably won’t be able to use it for genital warts, but works well for plantar warts on the sole of the foot and on hand warts etc.
Topical retinoid: These are drugs used to treat acne such as Accutane. They can also be used to treat warts.
Tretinoin (Vitamin A acid) can be used in a cream solution applied 1-2 times a day. Small type warts may respond with this type, but success rate is not very high and there may be some irritation to the skin from the formula.
Topical cytotoxic agents: 5-fluorouracil, podophyllin and podofilox fall into this category. They kill skin cells.
Conydline has been used quite well for genital warts and it comes with a good handout from the manufacturer.
Surgical: First the skin is anaesthetized, then the wart is cut out. This is painful and will leave a scar. It is best reserved for only 1-2 warts. If any part of the wart is left behind, the surgery won’t be successful.
Intra-lesional bieomyclin: a cytotoxic anticancer drug such as bieomycin is injected superficially into the wart.
Electrodessication: Burn the wart with an electric current after first injecting them with a local anesthetic. High rate of scarring but this is useful in treating genital warts. The burned warts are either left to fall of or scraped off.
Laser therapy: A focused monochromatic beam of light is used to vaporise the warts. Usually a CO2 laser is used after local anaesthetic is given. High risk of scarring and not guaranteed to be any more effective than other treatments.
(a) Topical allergen applied to the skin which causes an allergic contact reaction at the site of the wart. Used are diphenylcycloproprenone, Squaric acid dibutyl ester, or Dinitrochlorobenzene. Medical literature boast 85-90% success. Most common is the Diphenylcycloproprenone (DPCP) ointment.
(b) Topical Imiquimod (Aldara) is an cream immune response modifier. It stimulates the body’s own natural wart fighting immune system messengers called cytokines. It is approved for genital warts but can be used on other warts as well. It is used 5-7 times a week at bedtime and then covered with waterproof or duct tape to help it penetrate more effectively. It can be combined with salicylic acid preparation. It appears to be the Medical Doctor’s second most successful treatment.
(c) Yeast proteins: Injection of small amounts of non-living yeast proteins into the wart causes the body to send immune cells to destroy the yeast protein and in the process destroy the virus too.
Candida antigen injection: Candida antigen is part of a common yeast organism (most common one is Candida albicans). The Candida antigen is used for common warts and medical literature boasts of a 70-75% success rate. Side effects are flu like symptoms. This cannot be undertaken if pregnant, infected with HIV, if you have had an organ transplant, immunosuppression or generalized dermatitis.
The injections are painful and several are needed over a period of time.
(d) Systemic medications: Cimetidine (Tagamet) are taken by mouth with the aim of stimulating the body’s immune system to eliminate the wart virus. It does appear to help some people and may be worth trying.
(a) Tape an aspirin to the wart. The aspirin will literally eat the wart out. Do for 9 days. Aspirin actually burns the wart out.
(b) Use bloodroot salve on the area, held with a bandage. Change daily for 3 days. In 10 days the wart will fall out. This can be painful as it eats out the bad tissue.
(c) Tape the inside of a banana skin to the wart. Some say this works within a couple of days, some say it takes a month or more. Some just have tried to rub the inside of the banana on the wart each day.
(d) Some have used tea tree oil on the wart daily over a period of months with success.
(e) Some have dabbed on food grade hydrogen peroxide twice a day over a period of months with success.
(f) Also treat yourself for Candida, and Parasite infection.
(e) Use Castor Oil topically on the wart each day, cover with a bandage.
(f) Smother the wart with bandage that doesn’t breath (or use duck tape). This works well with plantar’s warts. It may take a while for it to die. Another is to paint the wart with clear nailpolish, making sure it never cracks open allowing air to the wart. Elmer’s Glue has also been used to smother the wart successfully. Another person successfully used thick vaseline daily which works well on the face and parts that don’t get touched. Smothering can take up to 3 months but often works much faster.
(g) Crush a garlic clove, place directly on wart, cover with bandage for 24 hr. Blisters will form and warts will fall off in about a week.
(h) Mix salt with iodine, apply for 10 days.
(i) Herbs might work. Aside from bloodroot, breaking off the dandelion stem and putting the milk from the stem on the wart several times a day can cause the wart to shrivel and die within a week or so.
(j) Put moist table salt on the wart, cover it with a bandaid. This will take a month to work.
(k) Grapefruit seed extract might work for you. Put a little drop on the wart. It will get red and usually fall off.
(l) A compound of chalk and olive oil or castor oil work. Some just use castor oil each day and get results.
(m) Finally one person told us to rub your first morning saliva on the wart each day, you can rub it back and forth with your teeth, making sure the saliva gets right into the wart.
* Thuja is often used for warts. It is most successful in children but some adults have also used it successfully.
* Causticum is another homeopathic often used successfully.
* There is a program we use at our clinic for treatment of genital warts to help them to not come back again. The treatment takes about a year, and has been quite successful.
Now for reality. We have said that there is an immune problem with warts. You can take preparations and kill them, cut them, smother them and do whatever is needed to destroy them – but don’t forget the messenger just delivered you a message: your immune system is not up to scratch. Take the time to rebuild the body’s cellular defenses with good diet and vitamin/mineral supplements. Avoid all denatured foods and chemicals.
Have yourself tested for deficiencies, toxins, food sensitivities, weaknesses and take the time to correct the underlying cause.
Here’s a list of nutrients that can help:
50 mg B complex 3 times daily for cell multiplication
4000-10000 mg Vit. C as an antiviral
L-Cysteine (amino acid) as sulfur source
100,000 IU Vit. A (beta carotene) for 1 month, then decrease to 50,000 IU for 1 month and then to 25,000 IU.
Normalizes skin and epithelial membranes
400-800 IU Vit. E. Can also apply locally to common warts.
50-80 mg Zinc to increase immune
2 caps acidolphilus/probiotics in the morning and again in the evening for 3-6 months
Swedish Bitters was used by Maria Treben with success. Take with each meal to help the digestion.
Eliminate sugar, refined carbos, red meats and processed foods from the diet.
Avoid foods laced with chemicals.
The skin is very much connected with the kidneys, so make sure the kidneys are working well. Warts are an indication something is out of balance so cleanse the body’s organs and eat a healthy diet, adding supplements for any deficiencies. Do a parasite cleanse as well as a fungal cleanse to give the body more ability to defend