Warts on the Neck
Warts are something that affects many people in many different ways across numerous areas of the body. One of the common areas for a wart to appear is on the neck of a person and while the growth itself may pose no direct risk to health; its location can cause irritation and embarrassment to sufferers. The common misconception about warts on the neck or any other part of the body is that they are brought about through the handling of amphibians such as frogs or toads. The truth is that warts develop as the result of a virus known as human papillomavirus, more commonly known as HPV.
What is HPV?
What is HPV human papillomavirus is the virus that is solely responsible for warts on the skin? Like many other viruses, HPV is contagious and can easily be spread from person to person; in fact, catching the virus from another person is the leading factor in a person developing warts. There is known to be 100 or more strains of the virus and different types of HPV lead to warts of various kinds. No person is immune from HPV, although children, teenagers and people that suffer from a weakened immune system (the body’s natural defense) are seen to be of a higher risk.
Warts on the neck that are brought about by human papillomavirus tend to be common warts, flat warts or filiform warts, fortunately, both of these warts are benign and fairly straightforward to treat; however, each will need to be treated in a different way.
Common and Flat Wart Treatments
Common warts are indeed, as the name says the most common type of wart. They can be flesh-colored or grayish brown and are circular or dome-shaped with a cauliflower-like appearance. This type of wart can affect people of all ages, and in the majority of cases are found on the hands and fingers; however, in some instances, the face and neck can be affected.
Flat warts are very small and are either totally flat or very slightly raised; the color of the wart tends to be pinkish and brown, often with yellow tones. Unlike the common wart which generally appears as a single growth, flat warts will show in clusters ranging from a few to well over a hundred. Flat warts on the neck tend to be found in children and teenagers and cases of adults with this type of wart are rare. Treating both common and flat warts can be done in different ways with three options available: home remedies, over-the-counter products, and surgery. The option of surgery is only considered after all other natural methods have been tried to no avail.
Home remedies should be the first line of treatment; the most common of these is the duct tape treatment. This basically involves covering the wart 24/7 until it disappears. The tape should be changed on a daily basis. Many people also use potatoes or lemons cut in half and rubbed over the wart, allowing the juices to kill off the growth. Keeping immune system levels high will also help the body fight off the HPV virus, this can be done by eating healthily, exercising and drinking plenty of water.
Over-the-counter products are proven to be very successful in removing common and flat warts on the neck without the need for surgery. Products such as demand, Compound W, and Amoils H-wart are recognized as being very successful. The key ingredient in many over-the-counter products is salicylic acid. This works by dissolving keratin the protein which makes up the majority of a wart surface.
Wart removal surgery can be done in different ways. Common options include:
- Laser surgery
Surgery is a good option for removing a wart, although is the most expensive and may result in scarring.
Filiform wart treatments
The filiform wart is completely different in appearance to the common and flat wart, and although they are less common generally, they are solely found on the face and neck. Filiform warts are of a flesh color and are long and stalk like in appearance, forming in small clusters. They are mostly painless although can increase in size, which causes irritation. Unlike other types of warts on the neck, natural and over-the-counter treatments for filiform warts are not recommended for self-application. The best method of treatment will be to seek help from a doctor, who will decide on the correct procedure.
Topical medicines such as salicylic acid and trichloroacetic acid will often be used as the first line of treatment. These can also be used in combination with cryotherapy, which uses liquid nitrogen to freeze a wart.
Other methods that may be considered are laser surgery and immunotherapy. Laser surgery for warts on the neck which uses a high-energy laser to burn a wart will guarantee success but can be painful and result in scarring. Immunotherapy involves injecting an antibody directly into the wart which causes an allergic reaction; this method can also be painful.
Seeking medical advice for filiform warts on the neck will allow you to find the treatment that works best for you personally.