Warts are tiny and painless irritations that affect the skin. Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) has been identified to be the cause of Warts. Warts don’t pose any medical threat even though they may require cosmetic repairs in extreme cases. Depending on the skin type of the sufferer, warts can be painful and itchy at times, causing severe skin irritation.
Warts are of different kinds. Though warts can affect any area of the skin, they mostly affect the skin on the hand. Periungal and Subungual warts affect the fingernails and the knuckles the most. Warts can also take the following forms; genital warts (affects the skin around the genitals), flat warts (affects the skin around the forehead and face) and plantar warts (affects the soles of beneath the feet).
Symptoms and causes of Warts on the Knuckles
As earlier said, warts are caused by human papilloma virus. When the virus infects the cells contained within the epidermis, it stimulates these cells to increase in their numbers. The end result is the skin suffering from over growth. Warts that affect the knuckles are often times pedunculated. When warts affect the knuckles, the following symptoms are often observed.
- The skin around the lesion loses its normal color. The skin either lightens or darkens.
- A rounded skin growth will develop under the toenails or fingernails. Most times, warts take the form of oval lesions that develops on the skin. The lesions are skin overgrowth, with a neck (pedunculated) separating it from the layer of the skin.
- Warts are hardly painful, just that they can get itchy accompanied by bleeding in extreme cases.
Natural remedies that can be used in treating Warts on the Knuckles
Before treatment commences, it is important to confirm that the lesion is a wart. This can be done by observing its appearance and location. This is important as callus, corn or skin cancer has to be ruled out. After confirmation, here are some simple remedies that can be used in treating the warts:
- Soak a small piece of cotton into a bowl containing lemon juice. But the juice has to be fresh. Allow the cotton to soak for 15 minutes. Repeat the process at least 4 times a day. Lemon juice contains natural acid that is strong enough to eliminate the virus causing the wart. The lemon can also effective solve the discoloration problem that comes with warts
- Grind some turmeric into powder and then apply on the affected region. Turmeric has strong anti-microbial and anti-inflammation properties which are needed in the treatment of warts.
- In place of lemon juice, you can also use Apple Cider Vinegar. ACV has similar properties with lemon juice only that it is stronger, and has to be diluted to prevent damaging the skin.
- If the wart is a pedunculated one, get a thin cotton thread and get the base of the wart tied with it. Ensure that the cotton thread is tied as tightly as possible. Allow the tied thread to stand for a couple of days before untying it. This technique cuts of blood supply to the affected skin spot, thus causing the wart to wither off. Resist the temptation of pulling or tugging the wart as this will cause it to affect other area of the skin very quickly.
Preventive measures need to be observed. One of such measure is avoiding making contact with a person affected by warts. Preventive measures also include eating meals rich in vitamin C as it would help boost your body immune system.