By Dr Harsh Sharma, DHMS, BHMS
Published May 31, 2019, Last updated May 31, 2019
Warts are benign growths on the skin. It is very important to understand that these are benign. This means that they are not cancerous and will not turn cancerous. These benign growths occur when the Human Papilloma Virus infects the top layer of the skin. Before we come to the homeopathic medicines for warts, let us understand a little bit more about warts.
What are warts ?
As I have mentioned at the beginning, warts are benign growths on the skin that happen due to a virus. These growths usually have a rough texture and can grow anywhere on the body. They can look like a miniature cauliflower. Some may look like a solid blister.
Warts are more likely to occur where skin is damaged somehow. It could be due to a cut or a wound. As viruses cause these warts, they can spread from one person to another. Therefore, warts are contagious. So it is advisable to stay away from touching a wart or anything that has just been in contact with it.
Causes of warts
As I have mentioned earlier also, HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) is responsible for causing and spreading warts. This virus can enter the top layer of skin when it is slightly cut or scratched. This is precisely the reason why children tend to get warts much more frequently. It is also the reason that men tend to get them more on the face as they shave regularly. Women tend to get them on their legs again because of this reason only.
Spread of warts
This virus can spread from one person to another. Therefore, touching a wart or some clothing that has been in touch with that wart can also cause the virus to spread. This can also allow the spread of wart from one part of the body to another part of the body of the same person. It takes some time for the wart to grow after an infection takes root.
Symptoms of warts
Warts can be classified into different types depending on their location –
- Common warts – these are flesh colored growths and are seen on fingers, back of hands, feet and face. They are usually small in size varying from a pinhead to the size of a pea. They are more common on the hands and where the skin was broken at some point of time. Biting nails is another reason for these common warts and this act can transfer the virus from the fingers or the nails to the face also.
- Plantar Warts – Plantar warts are seen on the soles of feet. They are often flat in nature and may even grow inwards due to pressure on the feet. These warts can hurt badly and feel as if there are pebbles in your shoes.
- Flat warts – These are smaller in size and are usually present in clusters. Flat warts are quite smooth in their texture. They are more likely to be seen on the faces of children, beard areas of men and legs of women.
- Filiform warts – They are like long threads or fingers that stick out. Growth rate is quite high and they seem to prop out suddenly. These are usually seen on the nose, around eyes and on the mouth.
Treatment of warts
The allopathic treatment of warts is mostly surgical in nature. They are usually removed by one or the other manner. This may be by laser removal, some sort of chemical application or cauterization. The trouble with this sort of treatment is that it does not treat the cause or the virus. It still remains there and has a tendency to cause the warts to reappear. Another disadvantage is that it tends to leave scars on the skin.
Homeopathic treatment of warts
Homeopathic medicines are very much able to cure the warts completely. It is almost magical in nature. It is worth seeing how these warts disappear almost overnight although this magic takes some time to happen. The beauty of this homeopathic treatment of warts is that these warts do not recur. Another advantage of homeopathic treatment of warts is that it does not leave any mark or scars on the skin.
5 best Homeopathic medicines for warts
It is difficult to shrink the whole list of effective medicines for warts to just five. Still, keeping in mind the paucity of space, I have tried to give the most commonly indicated medicines for warts. This just does not mean that these are the only medicines that are effective for treating warts. One has to often go out of this list to find the right medicine for a particular patient. That depends on the symptoms of every patient. Nevertheless, here are the 5 best homeopathic medicines for warts-
Thuja – one of the best homeopathic medicines for warts that are moist, brown and sensitive to touch
Causticum – one of the best homeopathic medicines for warts that are pedunculated and bleeding
Dulcamara – one of the best homeopathic medicines for warts that are flat and fleshy
Antim Crudum – one of the best homeopathic medicines for warts that are horny
Nitric Acid – one of the best homeopathic medicines for warts that are jagged
Here is a brief description of the above mentioned medicines. It is beyond the scope of this article to give all the detailed indications of these medicines.
Thuja – one of the best homeopathic medicines for warts that are moist, brown and sensitive to touch.
When the warts are moist and brown, Thuja is one of the best homeopathic medicines for warts. Usually these warts are sensitive to touch too. The patient has sweetish and strong perspiration. There are brown spots on the skin of hands and arms. It is good for genital warts too.
Causticum – one of the best homeopathic medicines for warts that are pedunculated and bleeding.
When the warts are pedunculated and tend to bleed, Causticum is one of the best homeopathic medicines for warts. The skin of a Causticum patient is dirty white, pale or sallow, with warts, especially on the face. The warts are usually large in size and bleed easily. They are more often seen on tips of fingers and nose.
Dulcamara- one of the best homeopathic medicines for warts that are flat and fleshy.
When the warts are flat and fleshy in nature, Dulcamara is one of the best homeopathic medicines for warts. The skin is usually inactive and is dry with little perspiration. This is in contrast to the mucous membranes which produce mucous prolifically. The patient is worse by cold bathing and his skin or warts are also similarly worse by cold bathing.
Antim Crudum- one of the best homeopathic medicines for warts that are horny.
When the warts are horny in appearance, Antim Crudum is one of the best homeopathic medicines for warts. The patient has a tendency to grow fat. He cannot bear the heat of sun.
Nitric Acid – one of the best homeopathic medicines for warts that are jagged.
When the warts are jagged looking, Nitric Acid is one of the best homeopathic medicines for warts. The warts are large and jagged looking. They tend to bleed on washing. The warts are more commonly present on the junctions of skin and mucous membranes. These may be syphilitic in nature or may occur after abuse of mercurial medicines. Nitric acid is very good for genital warts too.