Seed warts are the most common among all the different types and thus, they are also known as “common warts.” They most often appear on the backs of hands, fingers, and the skin surrounding the fingernails and toenails.
Although there are many different types of warts, all have their own distinct characteristics and require individualized treatment. The one distinct characteristic of seed warts is the tiny black head which appears on the top. This blackhead is merely the scab created by a broken blood vessel. If you see warts with blackheads on the soles or balls of your feet, they are most likely planter warts rather than seed warts.
Seed Warts Causes
Seed warts are caused by one of the hundreds of strains of Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) which has entered the skin and begun rapidly multiplying. There is no cure for an HPV infection, though most people have immune systems strong enough to eventually conquer the virus over time. For this reason, most cases of seed warts infection are considered minor and allowed to run their course.
HPV is highly contagious and can be passed from one part of the body to the next, or even person-to-person through incidental skin contact. Patients who observe seed warts should be very careful not to allow the infected portion of skin to come in contact with other parts of the body. They should also be careful in their contact with uninfected persons. Since most wart infections are passed through sexual contact, doctors also recommend that individuals avoid promiscuity and multiple sex partners in order to avoid wart infections.
Seed Works Symptoms
Seed warts generally are only noticed when they are large enough to protrude from the skin. Patients will see a rounded, light or flesh-colored bump protrude at the site of the infection. At some point, a wart will probably develop the telltale blackhead if one or more blood vessels burst. There’s no need to worry about extensive excess bleeding though, as the blood vessels are bursting below the surface of the skin and scab over very quickly.
As long as seed warts are left alone and treated in a timely manner, patients should experience no further symptoms. If one of these warts is inadvertently broken open and allowed to be further affected, or just simply allowed to grow too large, it can cause pain. The surface of the skin may turn sensitive to touch and there may be a feeling of mild to moderate pressure around the area of the wart.
Seed Warts Treatment
Seed warts are among the most persistent, but they’re also the easiest to treat. In most cases, an over-the-counter wart compound such as salicylic acid will be an effective treatment. The acid attacks the wart one layer at a time until it is eventually gone. Sometimes home treatments require multiple applications over several weeks or months. If you’re a person who enjoys sunbathing, it is recommended that you cease the practice while you are treating your warts, as sun exposure encourages and hastens of their growth.
If time and home remedies do not cure your seed warts, a doctor may employ one of several other options. He may use a topical ointment or injection designed to boost your immune system so that it can fight warts itself. Cryotherapy is another option in which the wart is frozen in liquid nitrogen and then removed with a scalpel. Finally, your doctor may decide that laser surgery or standard surgical excision is necessary. These two procedures are used as a last resort because they can be painful and leave scars.