Der­ma­tol­o­gist of­fers tips for deal­ing with warts

Daily Trust - - HEALTH -

No one is com­pletely im­mune from warts, but some peo­ple are more sus­cep­ti­ble to th­ese unattrac­tive skin growths, one ex­pert says.

Warts plague chil­dren and teens more of­ten, along with peo­ple who fre­quently bite their nails, and those with weak­ened im­mune sys­tems, said Dr. Adam Fried­man, an as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor of der­ma­tol­ogy at the Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

“Warts are caused by a virus, and the virus can some­times spread from one place on your body to an­other or from per­son to per­son,” Fried­man said in an Amer­i­can Academy of Der­ma­tol­ogy (AAD) news re­lease.

“How­ever, each per­son’s im­mune sys­tem re­sponds to the wart virus dif­fer­ently, so not ev­ery­one who comes in con­tact with the virus de­vel­ops warts,” he added.

There are ways to pre­vent warts from spread­ing. Don’t pick or scratch your warts, and don’t touch some­one else’s wart. Wash your hands af­ter treat­ing warts, Fried­man ad­vised.

An­other way to help pre­vent the spread of warts is to wear flip-flops in pub­lic show­ers and pool ar­eas. It’s also im­por­tant to keep warts on your feet dry, be­cause mois­ture helps warts spread, ac­cord­ing to the AAD.

Most warts go away with­out treat­ment within two years, but there are home treat­ments that can help get rid of them sooner, Fried­man said.

One method is to an over-the-counter treat­ment prod­uct sal­i­cylic acid. use wart with Some signs of a rare nerve dis­or­der in horses are sim­i­lar to those in peo­ple with Alzheimer’s dis­ease and other brain dis­or­ders, a new study shows.

The deadly dis­ease in horses -- called equine grass sick­ness -- could of­fer clues about the hu­man con­di­tions, ac­cord­ing to the re­searchers at the Univer­sity of Ed­in­burgh in Scot­land.

“This is the first study to show sim­i­lar­i­ties be­tween an ap­par­ently un­re­lated neu­rode­gen­er­a­tive dis­ease of large an­i­mals and hu­man neu­ro­log­i­cal con­di­tions,” said study author Dr. Thomas Wishart. “Al­though the causes of th­ese con­di­tions Many peo­ple who’ve had melanoma skin can­cer don’t reg­u­larly check their skin for new or re­cur­ring signs of can­cer, a new study re­veals.

Rou­tine skin self­ex­ams are crit­i­cal to en­sure the early de­tec­tion of new or re­cur­ring skin can­cer, but the study found that fewer than 15 per­cent of melanoma pa­tients con­sis­tently per­form thor­ough skin self-ex­ams.

“The most com­mon rea­sons given for not hav­ing con­ducted such an exam over the prior two-month pe­riod were that pa­tients didn’t think of it, didn’t know what to look for, or didn’t know that they should,” the study’s lead author, El­liot Coups, a be­hav­ioral are un­likely to be shared, the find­ings sug­gest that sim­i­lar mech­a­nisms could be in­volved in the later stages of dis­ease.”

The causes of grass sick­ness, which at­tacks nerve cells and leads to stom­ach prob­lems and mus­cle tremor, are un­known.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tors an­a­lyzed nerve tis­sue from six horses killed by the dis­ease. They dis­cov­ered pro­teins com­monly found in the brains of peo­ple with Alzheimer’s dis­ease, in­clud­ing a buildup of amy­loid pro­tein.

How­ever, find­ings of an­i­mal stud­ies don’t nec­es­sar­ily ap­ply to hu­mans. sci­en­tist at Rut­gers Can­cer In­sti­tute of New Jer­sey, said in an in­sti­tute news re­lease.

The study in­cluded 176 peo­ple who’d had ma­lig­nant melanoma, the most se­ri­ous form of skin can­cer. More than half of the study vol­un­teers were women, and 99 per­cent were white, the re­searchers said. The av­er­age age was 62.

Study par­tic­i­pants com­pleted a sur­vey about their skin self­ex­am­i­na­tion habits. The sur­vey also asked about their will­ing­ness to per­form thor­ough ex­ams.

Re­searchers found that 72 per­cent of the par­tic­i­pants had done a skin self-exam within the past two months.

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