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Viruses cause the small, non-cancerous, solid growths on the skin which are known as warts. They are composed mostly of enlarged skin cells. There are several types and most disappear of their own accord. Common warts are rough, horny and skin-coloured. Scratching them spreads the virus and causes more warts to appear. Plantar warts are also known as verrucas. They occur on the sole of the foot, and are similar to common warts. However, they grow into the skin instead of outwards and are therefore more painful. Filiform warts appear as short, hard threads, and are often seen on the face, neck, chin and eyelids. Plane warts are flat and light brown, and are also common on the face. Warning Have a brown wart checked by your doctor if it feels soft, suddenly changes its shape, itches and/or bleeds, or produces a discharge. It may be a melanoma, a skin cancer.
Solid growths on the skin.
Most warts can be destroyed by carefully applying an acid, such as salicylic acid, or podophyllin and then covering the area with a plaster. If necessary, a thin layer of petroleum jelly is first applied to the surrounding healthy skin to protect it. Before each treatment, dead skin resulting from the previous application is removed by rubbing the wart with a pumice stone. These treatments should not be used on the face and should be avoided during pregnancy. Warts are also sometimes removed by treatment with a heated instrument or a very cold instrument.
An ancient Chinese therapy, patients are treated by sticking needles into their skin at particular points. These acupuncture points lie along invisible energy channels called meridians. The needles are said to unblock a flow of energy (called Qi) through the meridians. More Info
Treating illness with highly concentrated oils extracted from plants is known as aromatherapy. These highly scented extracts-called essences or essential oils-contain the substances that give plants their smell. Aromatherapists believe that many also have medicinal properties. More Info