Worrying about Warts?

We all know I’m not a medical professional, but I DO come into contact with warts and clients who want advice or are worried about warts on their hands or feet.  The information given in this article is NOT a replacement for any medical advice you have received.  It’s my opinion as a 20+ year veteran nail technician offering premium services to clients on what causes warts, options for treatment, and what to ask your nail technician about!

It was just recently that I had a client reach out to me because she was having an issue with warts appearing on her hands.  She was due for a nail service and was worried about coming into the salon or receiving treatments.  

The first thing I did was ask a bunch of questions!  In this situation, my client had never had warts before.  She had recently started wearing plastic gloves while working with her horses.  And, she was unsure if having warts would prevent her from receiving services at the salon.

First, what causes warts? 

Common warts are caused by human papillomavirus (HPV.)The HPV virus that causes warts is contagious and will spread if the shedding virus cells are deposited on different areas of the skin.  I reached out to a friend who is a doctor, (Yes, an M.D.!) who told me that while the plastic gloves might help spread the virus on her hands, it was not the cause of her wart outbreak.

So, how can warts be treated?  

Warts can be treated with at-home remedies or by seeing your primary care provider (PCP). There are over-the-counter (OTC) medications you can buy like Compound W. You can also use apple cider vinegar (ACV), cotton, and duct tape. (Clearly, duct tape can fix anything!)

Here’s a link to a video that shows you how to treat warts on your hands with apple cider vinegar.

It seems like these remedies have varying degrees of success.  It might be hit or miss to discover if your skin reacts to these options.

Of course, if you’ve tried home remedies and it hasn’t worked or you aren’t sure that apple cider vinegar or an over the counter product is your best option you should see your primary care physician.  They can freeze the wart off or provide you with other solutions available only in a medical setting.  

What about your salon services?

hands with no wartsGetting a wart on your hand isn’t the end of the world.  You may think they are gross, or unsightly, but as a nail technician, we’ve seen it all and can tell you if we can still provide you services.  Remember that we are trained in the use of best practices and can help guide our clients that are concerned about spreading or being infected by the HPV virus that causes warts.  Also, this is one situation where the cleanliness of the salon and the types of disinfectants used is very important.

#1 Question – ASK YOUR TECHNICIAN ABOUT THE DISINFECTANTS THEY USE.

Bella Hands uses disinfectant which is approved for use against SARS, COV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 and more.  It kills the hepatitis B & C virus, HIV, athlete’s foot, nail fungus, and MRSA.  If your nail technician can’t answer your question with that kind of detail then you should be cautious about the salon’s disinfection and sanitation procedures as well as the nail technician’s awareness of viruses spread through salon services. 

Have you experienced warts on your hands or your feet that have concerned you?  What questions did you have for your nail technician?  If you need answers, ask them below and I’ll respond!

-Melissa

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