What Causes Warts On Knuckles? How To Prevent And Get Rid Of Them?

Warts on hands and knuckle are caused by HPV virus. It is a contagious disease. The virus easily spreads by direct contact from person to person, and through indirect contact too. Warts on hands and knuckles are common in children as compared to adults. Generally warts on knuckles and fingers are flat or round shaped, contrary to the cauliflower like growth elsewhere on the body. The size of warts may vary; it can be as small as the pin head or of a larger size.

Warts on knuckles of fingers usually remain asymptomatic.

But larger size warts can be troublesome in day to day work. They are painful when pressed upon while doing everyday activities. Also warts on knuckles are prone to get easily scratched and scraped. It gives an invitation for the bacteria to enter into the body.

How To Get Rid Of Warts On Knuckles?

Warts on knuckles are difficult to get rid of easily. This is because the surface where they are present is bony. Also it is prone for recurrent abrasion and damage from daily activities. There are several methods for removing warts from fingers and knuckles.

Home remedies and conventional methods both are effective. However, home remedies may take more time for wart removal rather than conventional medicines. The plus point is home remedies are economical and without any side effects.

  • Duct tape: duct tape is wrapped over the knuckle wart. It is left for a week and changed after that period. But before applying the second tape, knuckle wart is rubbed with a pumic stone. Slowly the wart will fall off.
  • Applying Thuja tincture over the wart is found to be effective in removing the wart.
  • Wart on knuckles can also be removed with laser therapy. It is found effective especially for warts on bony surface.
  • Electrocautery: The wart is burnt with mild electric current. It is done by a dermatologist.
  • For wart treatments, homeopathy medicines are found to be extremely effective. There are several homeopathic remedies such as Antim crud, causticum, dulcamara, nat mur, sulphur etc.

How To Prevent Warts On Fingers?

  • Since wart is contagious, care should be taken, not to touch knuckle warts.
  • Avoid using personal items of a person who is suffering from warts.
  • Also avoid wearing the same gloves of a person who has warts on knuckles.
  • While using common showers and in the pool side, always wear sandals. Often these sites are the source of infection for HPV.
  • Also wear gloves while going in the gym, if you are suffering from warts on hands.
  • Keep the hands as dry as possible.
  • Avoid finger and nail biting.