Much of the focus on warts seems to be all about informing potential sufferers that warts are not a threat to your health and they should not hurt. For those who suffer extreme itching, there is little helpful information to counter this frustrating side effect. Warts do itch, with warts in some locations on the body itching far more than others. If the itching of your warts is driving you mad and you need relief, the solutions found in this article will benefit you greatly.
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Can warts be itchy? Get the answer
If you fear your warts are actually something more serious because they itch, cast your worries aside. Warts frequently itch in some locations for some people while not itching at all for others. Itchiness as a symptom is not a sign you have been misdiagnosed but if in doubt, check with your doctor. The same goes for wart pain, although this is less common. Do warts hurt normally? Find out the answer by reading this article.
There are many reasons why warts can itch, but the most common ones include:
- Wart medication causes itching.
- Friction from clothing or bandages.
- Callused skin on or around plantar wart.
- Various wart treatments.
- The wart is dying and being replaced by new skin.
Beyond all of the aforementioned reasons, at times warts will simply itch for no discernible cause. It may be simply that your body is fighting the wart off. Another common cause is due to the tendency of people to avoid wart covered areas during bathing. While it is true the wart virus can live on your towels and washrags; you should not neglect cleaning any areas covered with warts. Failure to clean them may cause a buildup of dead or dry skin around the wart that can become extremely itchy.
Why do my plantar warts cause itch?
Most complaints about itching and painful warts stem from plantar warts. Both the itchiness and pain are caused due to the placement on the bottom of the foot. The foot naturally creates a callus of hard skin over the soft skin of your foot to address pressure and pain from walking or any other issues. Unfortunately for the wart sufferer, calluses commonly itch. The wart itself will keep growing, trapped by the callus and this forceful growth can cause severe itching.
In addition to the callus aspect, plantar warts can be itchy because you walk or stand on them much of the day. This constant pressure on the foot often pushes the wart into growing deeper and causing more annoyance. Contrary to popular opinion, this isn’t because of the wart roots. To learn the truth about the wart root, please see this article. The unique location of the plantar wart means these warts are the most likely to be painful and itchy just by doing your daily activities.
When warts are itchy
Now that you know warts can indeed itch; naturally, the next step is wondering what to do about it. There are definite medical relief methods which will be discussed in detail in the next section but these are not your only options.
Here is a list of choices you have for when your warts are itchy:
- Get the warts removed by a doctor.
- Use home remedies to relieve itching.
- Use home remedies to remove the warts.
- Wait for the warts to die on their own.
- Use over-the-counter wart removal products.
- Apply an itch-relief cream.
Of all the above choices, removal is the superior decision. Treating itchiness provides temporary symptomatic relief without addressing the root cause. Removal treatments get rid of both the wart and the itchiness while saving you a lot of frustration. You can, of course, try to wait it out, but stubborn warts can end up sticking around. To find a more detailed answer to the question do warts go away naturally, follow this link.
Itchy plantar warts are the bane of anyone trying to get a good night’s sleep or get some much-needed work accomplished. Luckily this itchiness can often be solved with products found in the home, saving you money from drug store treatments.
Whether you are short on funds or just prefer the all-natural way, here are some valuable tips to get the itching under control:
- Epsom salt soaks or paste.
- Filing away itchy calluses over warts.
- Duct tape.
Firstly, foot soaks with epsom salt work wonders for itching. Most people have this product on hand and it provides natural relief to soothe the skin. For severe itching, a paste of epsom salt can be made by dissolving a teaspoon of epsom salt in hot water and then chilling in the fridge for a half hour until it has a paste-like texture. Apply this to your itchy plantar warts for up to an hour.
Secondly, filing down any callused skin near the wart can help quite well with itching. The filing should be done after a foot soaked so the skin comes off easily. Do not re-use the file or pumice stone or any wart-free areas after treatment as you may spread the warts.
Thirdly, the duct tape method has worked for many people for not only relieving itch but removing the wart at the same time. Tightly apply a piece of duct tape to your plantar wart and leave on for two weeks. The wart should be dead and fall out when removed but it may take more than one treatment.
If none of these methods work for you, see our relief section for treatments from your local pharmacy.
Warts on the hands are thankfully much easier to deal with when they itch. The most important step to help stop the itchiness of hand warts is to stop scratching. Scratching may make warts bleed and then cause the naturally healing skin to itch and scab. As hard as it may be, resist the urge and try anti-itch methods first.
The following are some handy home remedies for itchy hands:
- Lemon juice,
- Apple cider vinegar,
- Baking soda paste or soak,
- Epsom salt soak.
Applying lemon juice or apple cider vinegar to your hand warts with a cotton ball can decrease the itching considerably. Aloe vera can also prove helpful especially if you have been heavily scratching and irritating your warts previously. Both baking soda and oatmeal soaks are effective in reducing itching and irritation as well. When home remedies fail to give you relief, wart removal or OTC products for itch relief is the next step.
How to relieve
When all home remedies have failed and you need relief now, visiting your local pharmacy or grocery store may be in your best interest. Both locations typically have a variety of products to fight itching and remove warts. As such it is usually unnecessary to see a doctor about itching unless you suspect an allergic reaction or an infection. We have compiled a list of three products that can greatly help eliminate your itchiness below.
There are several types of anti-itch medications you can buy from a pharmacy. Steroid creams such as those containing hydrocortisone are usually the most effective. Topical analgesics also work well as they numb the area and prevent the itching response that way. Antihistamines such as Benadryl will likely be the least effective for itchy warts.
- Cortizone 10 Cooling Relief Gel
Where to buy: Walgreens, CVS, Walmart, Amazon.
Benefits: Instant cooling relief of itching that lasts a considerable length of time. Soothes irritation from scratching and gives relief.
- CVS Calomine Plus
Where to buy: CVS Pharmacy in-store or online.
Benefits: Relieves itch quickly. Contains a skin protectant to prevent further damage. Analgesic effect to numb itching sensation. Available in spray form to avoid touching warts.
- Aveeno Anti-itch Concentrated Lotion
Where to buy: Walmart and Amazon.
Benefits: Contains colloidal oatmeal for extra soothing relief. Recommended by dermatologists for superior itch relief. Has an analgesic effect to knock out itching.
Itchiness from warts is a common symptom most often experienced for warts located on the feet. The itching is exacerbated by frequent scratching which only makes the problem worse. There are a variety of causes for warts itching but there is no need to endlessly suffer. All anti-itch treatments are inexpensive and easily located. Many of them are simple home remedies than can provide generous relief to endless itching. Naturally, wart removal is the preferred option as it is the only one that ends itching for good but OTC products can be used in a pinch.
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