How to Remove Seed Warts

Have you ever wondered how to remove seed warts? These small, lumpy growths are generally benign, but can be uncomfortable and embarrassing. Fortunately, there are a number of treatments available to help you deal with the problem.

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In order to know which treatment to choose, however, it is important that you understand what makes these warts unique. Once you have read the information below, all you will have to do is follow a few simple steps to be rid of this irritating skin condition.

What Are Seed Warts?

Essentially, they are mosaic warts which are plantar warts that have developed on the fingers instead of the feet. They have the lumpy, cauliflower-like appearance of the common wart and the hard keratin coating of a plantar wart, but they also have a small, black, seed-like spot in the middle. In actuality, this spot is a capillary vessel that is feeding the wart. In order to get rid of the wart completely, you must either starve it of air and nutrients, or you must destroy the dead flesh that makes up the majority of the growth.

The HPV Connection

Seed warts are caused by the human papilloma virus, or HPV. Although there are 130 different types of HPV, most strains cause only one or two types of warts and are capable of infecting only a few places on the body. The HPV strains responsible for seed warts generally enter the skin through a cut or scrape, particularly around the edges of the fingernails.

Although HPV is considered contagious, seed warts are not usually transferred from one person to another. If you have a bad infection, however, it may be a good idea to wear gloves or to cover the warts with band-aids. This may be particularly important if you have contact with children or with adults whose immune systems have been compromised.

Typical Growth Locations

Although the similar plantar warts are commonly found on the feet, seed warts are generally considered to be a condition of the hands and fingers. They commonly grow around the fingernails, on the backs and tips of the fingers and on the backs of the hands. They commonly develop in the wake of blisters, hangnails or torn skin on the hands. In some extreme cases, they may even begin to develop under the fingernails.

Treatment Options

Because finger warts are quite visible, most people want to get rid of them as quickly as possible. Seed warts removal is a standard medical procedure that is quick, relatively painless and minimally invasive. In most cases, your doctor will chemically freeze the warts off of your hands using a process called cryotherapy. This process can cause permanent damage to the fingernails, however, so some doctors prefer to prescribe an oral or topical medication.

Although laser therapy has also been proven as a successful treatment, it can end up costing thousands of dollars and is only moderately more effective than both prescribed and over-the-counter treatments. In fact, studies have shown that even cryotherapy is no more effective than most over-the-counter treatments, and most patients choose to opt for the least expensive option.

How to Remove Seed Warts At Home

The most common over-the-counter treatments use a chemical known as salicylic acid to prevent the HPV from multiplying and to kill the wart entirely. Using these products involves a few simple steps.

Choose a product. Go to your pharmacy and look for a product specifically made for treating a seed wart, a common wart or a plantar wart. Read the label carefully to make sure that it is safe for use around your fingernails.

Prepare the wart for treatment. Clean and disinfect the wart area and soak it in warm water until the hard outer layer has begun to soften. Gently scrape off as much of the outer layer as you can using a disposable razor or a pumice stone.

Apply the treatment according to the manufacturer’s directions. Make sure you do not leave it on longer than recommended, as salicylic acid can damage the skin over time.

Although salicylic acid is effective 60-70% of the time, it may not work on particularly stubborn warts. If this is the case, you may want to consider trying an over-the-counter aerosol cryotherapy treatment or paying more for a prescription from your doctor.