Viral Warts and Molluscum Contagiosum: Treatment with Chinese Medicine

Viral warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) and come in different forms, and the more common variants are common warts, plane warts and plantar warts.

Plantar warts (often called “verrucas”) are small growths that usually appear on the heels or other weight-bearing areas of your feet. This pressure may also cause plantar warts to grow inward beneath a hard, thick layer of skin (callus). Chinese Medicine is useful for the treatment of planter warts. Treatment is effected both internally and externally.

In the treatment of warts, topical medicine helps with involution of the warts while internal consumption of herbs works on the immune system (which is important to manage in a viral disease).

Molluscum contagiosum is a viral infection of the skin which produces benign, raised, painless bumps on the skin. These skin-colored dome-shaped bumps may disappear on their own and rarely leave scars when they’re left untreated. Molluscum contagiosum is contagious and can be spread by direct contact or by coming in contact with a towel or clothing that has been contaminated. This disease is self-limiting, but the bumps could remain for months to years if not treated. Treatment is through the use of Chinese herbs and involves working on the immune system.