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Is It A Wart?

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#1 Louxx


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Posted 13 May 2007 - 12:48 PM

i think I might have a wart at the top of my finger nail.. at least I think its only that anyway..
does anyone have any suggestions on how to get rid of it??

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Posted 13 May 2007 - 01:30 PM

Hi Louise,

If you have systemic scleroderma, see your doctor right away (like this week, if you can) because it might be a wart, a good ol' fashioned blood blister, or possibly even a digital ulcer. You would not want to ever use a wart treatment on a digital ulcer (yeowch!!) so don't monkey around with it at all until you have it professionally evaluated.

And do not wait to try to get in to see your rheumatologist, either, if it usually takes months for you to get in with a rheumatologist. See your general practitioner, and take it from there.

Most digital ulcers cause a lot of pain, but I've had some that didn't hurt much at all in the beginning, and a few that didn't hurt overly much (compared to other aches and pains) the whole time. Whereas, some can be real whoppers; and some people complain of really severe pain with them. It probably depends a bit on exactly where they occur, whether or not they are irritated (like by bumping them into something, not a good idea) and what nerves are (or are not) involved.
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Posted 13 May 2007 - 04:51 PM

If it's a wart OTC wart remover may do the trick. If it's a planters you might need something stronger prescribed by a doctor.


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Posted 13 May 2007 - 10:13 PM


Call your doctor! You definitely don't want to treat a digital ulcer with wart medicine.

I had a plantars wart on the toe next to the little toe (diagnosed by a doctor years ago) and one day I decided I should get serious and treat it until it was really gone -- it had gotten better many times, but I always quit treating it too soon.

So I really thoroughly painted on the wart medicine. The next morning my toe was swollen double its correct size. It just happened that I had an appointment with my rheumatologist that day or in a couple of days and she told me NEVER to do that again. She said my skin was way too sensitive for that medicine.

I had been doing it for years, so I'm not sure I agree with her, however, I have taken her advice -- so far.

My point is that your skin is probably sensitive, too, and if you don't even know that it is a wart, why risk it?

Mary in Texas

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Posted 14 May 2007 - 12:28 AM

i haven't got systemic scleroderma, so I suppose its nothing to worry about then?
i was just afraid it could be something like that since I've heard of digital ulcers. But its tiny and I've had it for about a month or two now I think. I'll have a look around for treatment.

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Posted 14 May 2007 - 11:07 AM

Hi Louise,

It would still be a good idea to mention it to your doctor.
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