A wart (also known as verruca) is
generally a small, rough tumor, typically on hands
and feet but often other locations, that can resemble a cauliflower or a solid blister.
Warts are a type
of infection caused by viruses in the human
papillomavirus (HPV) family. There are more than 100 types
of HPV viruses. Warts can grow on all parts of body. They can
grow on skin, on the inside of mouth, on genitals and on rectal
area. Common types of HPV tend to cause warts on the skin (such
as the hands and fingers), while other HPV types tend to cause
warts on the genitals and rectal area. Some people are more naturally
resistant to the HPV viruses and don't seem to get warts as easily
as other people.
Warts are common, and are caused by
a viral infection and are contagious
when in contact with the skin of an infected person. It is also
possible to get warts from using towels or other objects used
by an infected person. They typically disappear after a few months
but can last for years and can recur.
Cause of Warts
- Causative organism- human papilloma virus.
- Transmission- autoinoculable, close contact, swimming
- Age- common in children, young adults.
- Incubation period- about 90 days.
Types of wart
A range of different types of wart has been identified,
varying in shape and site affected, as well as the type of human
papillomavirus involved. These include-
Common wart (Verruca vulgaris)
A raised wart with roughened surface, most common
on hands and knees.
- Arms, hands, legs, feet, around nails.
- Rounded or oval papules or nodules.
- Discrete or grouped.
- Grey or brown coloured.
- Size varies from lentil seed to pea.
- Surface corrugated(verrucous).
- Consistency firm.
- Warts around nails may be painful.
Flat wart (Verruca plana)
A small, smooth flattened wart, flesh coloured, which
can occur in large numbers; most common on the face, neck, hands,
wrists and knees.
- Multiple small papules.
- Rounded, with flat tops.
- Flesh coloured.
- Size: 2-5mm.
- Margins irregular.
- Surface smooth.
- Soft to touch.
or digitate wart
A thread- or finger-like wart, most common on the
face, especially near the eyelids and lips.
- Long, thin, slender, finger like processess.
- Spread by shaving by implantation.
A hard sometimes painful lump, often with multiple
black specks in the center; usually only found on pressure points
on the soles of the feet.
- Painful hyperkeratotic, circular plaque.
- Usually single.
- Size: 1-1.5cm.
- Deeply set in flask shaped cavity, being wider
- Surface corrugated, rough.
- Extremely tender.
- Scraping of wart reveals bleeding points.
A group of tightly clustered plantar-type warts,
commonly on the hands or soles of the feet.
A wart that occurs on the genitalia.
- Maintain personal hygiene.
Homeopathy Treatment & Homeopathic Remedies for Warts
Homeopathy treats the person as a whole. It means that homeopathic
treatment focuses on the patient as a person, as well as his pathological
condition. The homeopathic medicines are selected after a full individualizing
examination and case-analysis, which includes the medical history
of the patient, physical and mental constitution etc. A miasmatic
tendency (predisposition/susceptibility) is also often taken into
account for the treatment of chronic conditions. The medicines given
below indicate the therapeutic affinity but this is not a complete
and definite guide to the treatment of this condition. The symptoms
listed against each medicine may not be directly related to this
disease because in homeopathy general symptoms and constitutional
indications are also taken into account for selecting a remedy.
To study any of the following remedies in more detail, please visit
Medica section. None of these medicines should be taken without
The following homeopathic medicines are often found indicated in
cases of warts: Antim-c, Bufo, Calc-c, Caust, Cinnab, Dulc, Ferr.
pic, Lyco, Mag-s, Nat-c, Nat-m, Nit-ac, Ruta, Sil, Staph, Sul, Sul-ac,
It is the leading remedy for warts, and has great
practical use in homoeopathy. The warts are situated especially
on hands; they are hard, horny, soft or smooth, which characteristic
stinging pain. Warts are surrounded by circle of ulcers. Warts tend
to develop which are pron to pressure and friction, especially suited
to individuals who have tendency to grow fat. Warts develop in individuals
who have suppression of eruption or ulcers.
Horny excrescences. smooth warts, often soft. Ulcers
breaking out around a wart. Tendency to grow fat. Worse warm weather
- heat of sun. children can't bear to be touched or looked at. Feels
as if he had eaten too much. Heartburn with good appetite. Characteristic
- while coated tongue.
For children and young people inclined to grow
fat; for the extremes of life. Old people with morning diarrhea,
suddenly become constipated, or alternate diarrhea and constipation;
pulse hard and rapid. Sensitive to the cold < after taking cold.
It plays a very useful role whenever warts are inflamed
with burning pain. They are hot & tender to touch with characteristic
Adapted to bilious, lymphatic, plethoric constitutions;
persons who are lively and entertaining when well, but violent and
often delirious when sick.
Warts are present on face, neck & upper extremities,
male genitalia, canthi, fingers. They are black & fleshy, hard
& horny, sometimes inflamed & painful; the warts tend to
suppurate. Giving an odour of stale cheese. The skin is icy cold
to touch with cold & profuse perspiration. Development of warts
in patient having history of suppression of eruption & perspiration.
Development of warts in individual with scrofoulous diathesis with
faulty development of bones. It has a typical physically constitution,
i.e. fat, flabby, fair, perspiring, cold & damp.
Warts : round, soft at base, almost the colour of
skin; upper surface hard, rough, whitish, horny. Wart appears, itches,
bleeds & disappears. Warts : inflamed; stinging; suppurating;
form ulcers. Warts thickly studding mouths of sheep. Calc. suits
phlegmatic people; large head & features; pale skin & chalky
look. Better dry weather, from being touched. Worse milk: from suppressed
Leucophlegmatic, blond hair, light complexion,
blue eyes, fair skin; tendency to obesity in youth. Psoric constitutions;
pale, weak, timid, easily tired when walking. Disposed to grow
fat, corpulent, unwieldy.
Warts are present on nose, eyebrows, face, lips,
near the nail, tips of fingers, upper limbs. They are large, horny,
broad, fat & hard, moist and pedenculated. They tend to bleed
easily. They are also prone to easy suppuration. Warts are present
in individual after suppressed eruptions.
Large, jagged, often pedunculated warts exuding moisture
and bleeding easily. Small, non-pedunculated warts all over the
body internal & external, and on eyelids. In caust., injuries
which had healed become sore again. Years ago there was an epidermic
of warts on calves at a little farm - cured by causticum. Caust.
is worse cold, dry weather, in clear, fine weather. Better damp
& wet weather.
Adapted to persons with dark hair and rigid fibre;
weakly, psoric, with excessively yellow, sallow complexion; subject
to affections of respiratory and urinary tracts.
Warts are present on face, hands, fingers, close
to nail; the warts are smooth, hard; they usually comes in crops;
they always tend to aggravate when skin is washed with cold water.
In black type we find : warts, fleshy or large, smooth
on dorsum of hands and on face. Dulc. is one of our very great skin
medicines. Typical dulc. is worse from exposure to damp cold weather
or air - a cellar or dairy. A few years ago, dulc. cured for a patient
a big wart on right lower lids, not easy to see over. Big warts
on face can be very trying, yet, with 'the remedy', they just drop
off. Dulc. in one's mind, stands especially for warts & for
umbilicalpain or eruptions.
Aggravation of sufferings, chiefly in the evening
or at night, an during repose, better by movement. Pains with coldness
of the body.
The warts especially situated on palms, hands &
knuckles. There is a cutting pain in wart, the look of the skin
is oily, dry, harsh, unhealthy or yellow. Tendency to develop warts
in individual after cautery with silver nitrate.
For the anaemic and cachectic, whether from lots
of vital fluids- profuse menses, seminal losses- or mental affections.
Great emaciation; losing flesh while living well. Throat and neck
of children emaciate rapidly during summer complaint. Great liability
to take cold. Irritability: child cross when spoken to; crying from
slightest cause; gets into a passion about trifles, especially
when consoled with. Awkward , hasty, drops things from nervous
weakness. Marked disposition to weep; sad weeping mood, without
cause, but consolation from others <. her troubles.
The warts appear on female genitals, anus, cervical
region inside nose, external throat, sternum, eyelids, canthi. They
usually develop after abuse of mercury. The following are the characteristics
: moist, cauliflower like, hard, rhagadic, large, indented, inflamed,
pricking pain < night. They emit foetid discharge, they bleed
Warts : sticking & pricking : on upper lip. Smart
& bleed on washing; painful to touch. Soft with thin epidermis
and moist: large, jagged, often pedunculated, exuding moisture &
bleeding readily : condylomata, etc. splinter - sensations anywhere.
Worse : touch, jar, cold at night.
The warts are situated on throat, upper limb, back
and forearm. They are large, fleshy & suppurating. They are
painful to touch. Development of warts in individual with scrofulous
diathesis. The patient is keenly sensitive to noise, pain and cold.
Adapted to the nervous, irritable, sanguine temperament;
persons of a psoric diathesis. Persons of light complexion; fine
dry skin; pale face; weakly, with lax muscles. Constitutions which
suffer from deficient nutrition, not because food is lacking in
quality or quantity, but from imperfect assimilation; oversensitive,
physically and mentally.
Warts are situated on face, near eyelids, on upper
lip. Warts covered with thin epidermis. The appearance of the skin
is dry, rough, wringled and scaly. Warts alternate with other complaints.
Suppression of warts leads to asthma.
Callous warts; especially around the fingers. Itching
eruptions, or itching skin; 'feels so good to scratch.' Fantastic
illusions : everything seems beautiful : as an old rag or stick.
Redness about anus- red eyelids. Perspiration of single parts :
of back part of body. Flushes of heat. Heaviness, abdomen; as if
it needs to be bandaged or supported. Sulphur sometimes feels small,
Adapted to persons of a scrofulous diathesis,
subject to venous congestion; especially of portal system. Persons
of nervous temperament, quick motioned, quick tempered, plethoric,
skin excessively sensitive to atmospheric changes. For lean, stoop-shouldered
persons who walk and sit stooping like old men. Standing is the
worst position for sulphur patients; they cannot stand; every standing
position is uncomfortable. Dirty, filthy people, prone to skin affections.
Aversion to being washed; always <. after a bath. Too lazy to
rouse himself; too unhappy to live.
Warts are situated on back, cervical region, upper
limb, face, nose, eyebrows, eyes, eyelids, external throat. They
are broad, conical, flat pedunculated, indented, fan shaped in appearance.
They are reddish in colour, bleed easily. The warts have a tendency
to split from their edge or from the surface.
Warts on any part of body, with little necks called
fig warts; tubular warts; i.e. long warts of the same size all the
way out. Wart-like excrescences on back of hand, on chin and other
places. Warts and condylomata, large, seedy & pedunculated;
sometimes oozing & bleeding readily. Effects of vaccaination.
Dreams of the dead : of falling.
Adapted to hydrogenoid constitution of Grauvogl.
Acts well in lymphatic temperament, in very fleshy persons, dark
complexion, black hair unhealthy skin. Ailments from bad effects
of vaccination; from suppressed or maltreated gonorrhoea. Fixed
ideas: as if a strange person were at his side; as if soul and body
were separated; as if a living animal were in abdomen; of being
under the influence of a superior power.