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All You Need To Know About Warts under Fingernails

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 1 0

Warts are found almost on any part of your body including warts under fingernails. It’s nothing to be alarmed about, warts under fingernails are not cancerous but they could be contagious, and are easily transferable from one person to another. For someone who is already infected with the virus, finding warts under fingernails will be the least of your problems, there’s a good chance that another wart can be developed on another part of the body when you touch other parts of your healthy skin with the fingers that contain warts under fingernails.

Warts under fingernails are harmless and non-cancerous, and will usually disappear after a while, but because of the location of these warts, most people want to remove them urgently, generally because of pure embarrassment due to its unesthetic appearance. Most people will do what it takes to remove these bumps under fingernails, including searching for warts under fingernails pictures to compare how bad they're bumps under fingernails are to others.

The Human Papilloma Virus or HPV as it’s more commonly known is the cell that causes different strains of warts. There are over 100 different HPV strains, each different from the other and each able to develop on different parts of the body. There are some HPV strains that do cause cancer but warts under fingernails are not one of them.


Warts on hands and warts under fingernails are the most common types of warts. These usually take the shape of a small cluster or bumps under fingernails, and are quite ugly to look at. They are irritable and quite annoying if they emerge  on the part of the hand that you use quite often!

Warts on hands and warts under fingernails are easily eradicated and there are several ways to do this. The HPV strain that causes these warts on hands and warts under fingernails is a mild strain and is quite easy to kill.

It is not always necessary to visit your local healthcare professional to treat your warts under fingernails. However, if you do visit them, these health care professionals will use a technique called “cryotherapy”. Using liquid nitrogen, they will freeze the warts until it either drops off or they are able to cut it off.  If you are susceptible to a little pain, you can get some local anesthesia. Cryotherapy is the most common and effective way in treating warts on hands and warts under fingernails.

Another process to get rid of warts under fingernails is using keratolysis. This is simply the process of removing dead skin cells around the wart and using a blistering agent and applying it to the wart. Once the blister develops on the wart, the doctor will be able to remove it. 

Keratolytic treatment is also more commonly available in over-the counter-products that contain Salicylic acid. This medication is very effective for wart removal as long as you follow the instructions on the label. If higher concentration of salicylic acid is required, your doctor will be able to prescribe a topical solution and will give you instructions on how to use it.

There are abundant wart under fingernails treatments, and some more commonly used treatments that may not be as fast as medication but are quite effective are wart removal home remedies. These are less expensive but you would want to do your research to make sure that there are no serious side-effects. One of the most common home remedies for wart removal is using duct tape. Using duct tape is highly effective, especially when using it on less sensitive skin.

Another common wart under fingernail treatment is using vinegar. Vinegar is used to kill the virus in the warts under fingernails and this process will have to repeated for up to a week, if not longer until the warts start shrinking.

If you happen to get any warts around sensitive parts of your body like around the genital area, you want to go see your doctor as soon as possible.

To close, there are several ways to treat warts under fingernails and warts on hands, if in any doubt, please go and see your local health care provider.



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