Dermatologist offers tips for dealing with warts
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.