Warts on Hands or Seed Warts

Warts are often seen like cauliflower outgrowths caused by wart virus called human papillomavirus. These generally occur on the soles of the feet, hands and other parts of the body. The warts that commonly infect the hands are called as common warts or seed warts. Scientifically, they are known as verruca vulgarise that are small and rough lesions that usually appears in between the fingers and on hands. They can be in the form of a cluster and can be irritating one. They are not carcinogenic but viral outgrowths.

Causes of Seed Warts

HPV is the main cause of warts and lesions. It invades the upper layers of the skin where there are cuts and abrasions. Just like other viral infections HPV can spread by direct or indirect contact. The virus grows in moist areas such as shower areas and washrooms. A very interesting fact about HPV is that it can stay active for months without any host. The infection becomes visible only after 2-3 months of invasion of the body. People who bite their nails are more likely to invite the HPV infection.

Prevention of Seed Warts

Since there is no known treatment for the seed warts that occur on the hands, it is advisable to take precautions. As we often said, prevention is better than cure.

Here are a few things that you can practice to avoid from acquiring warts:

  1. Never share wet hand towels.
  2. Forget the habit of biting nails.
  3. If you developed any scratch or abrasion, rinse it immediately with a disinfectant.
  4. Don’t rub or scratch the seed warts on hand.


Common warts are self-limiting and do not have any authenticated treatment which can cure them completely. The medical practitioner job is to control the growth of the warts and reduce the duration of the time of healing. Children and adults with reduced immunity are more susceptible to common warts. Seed wart removal can be done by salicylic acid and cantharidin. What you need to do is to wash the affected area ideally with a disinfectant, soak it for 15-20 minutes and let the wart dry. Remove the dead skin with a pumice stone or towel. Follow it with topical application of salicylic acid commonly available at medical stores. Go over the process twice a day regularly for weeks until the lesion disappears.

Seed warts can also be removed by the following treatments:

  • Cryotherapy is another method to treat seed warts on feet or hands. Freeze the warts with liquid nitrogen that bursts the affected cells and hence disrupt their growth.
  • Laser therapy is much more effective for it doesn’t leave scars but it is very expensive and requires multiple seating.
  • Minor surgery is the third-line treatment and done at the last stages of wart removal and are expensive but leave the scars behind.

Though warts are harmless they can be painful and irritating therefore, proper measures must be taken to cure them.

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