Little growths are showing up on your neck. They stick out and you initially thought they were skin tags. But they keep growing in size and number. They are also very itchy, so you know they are something else. But what are they? Even more important, you need to know what to do about them. How can you keep them from multiplying? You suspect you might have warts on neck, but you don’t know how they got there or how to get rid of them. Keep reading to learn about the causes of neck warts and how to treat them.
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What Are Neck Warts?
All warts are abnormal growths of skin cells. The growth is caused by a viral infection, specifically human papilloma virus, which is also called HPV. When HPV invades, it infects skin cells with its DNA. Because each wart is full of HPV DNA, all warts are contagious. HPV is spread from one location on your body to other locations, or from person to person, via skin-to-skin contact.
HPV gets in through any break in your skin. If your immune system is strong, it will repel the virus. If not, you potentially end up with one or more warts.
Why Do I Have Warts on My Neck?
A growth on your neck can be a:
- Common wart,
- Filiform wart,
- Flat wart,
- Skin tag.
The most usual neck wart is a filiform wart.
Common warts are usually found on your hands and fingers. Since they are contagious, you could spread finger warts by scratching or rubbing your neck. That’s an infrequent occurrence. You’ll know if you have a common wart on your neck because they are usually round and feel hard.
Flat warts frequently appear on your face. They usually occur in clusters of small skin-colored spots. Again you could transfer the virus from your face to your neck, but that doesn’t happen often.
Skin Tags Are a Look-Alike
Skin tags are found in skin creases and can appear in several places, including your neck. They are not contagious. It can be easy to confuse skin tags and filiform warts because they are both long, thin, and flesh-colored. A skin tag is just one skin flap.
Filiform warts can have several thread-like projections, which some have compared to tiny fingers or twigs. Their medical name is verruca filiformis.
Moles and warts are both a group of skin cells, but that is their only similarity. Moles consist of melanocytes, which are the cells that give skin its color. Moles are often dark bumps on your skin. They may appear anywhere, but you find them most often in areas exposed to the sun. Moles can be harmless, but must be watched as they can become malignant. Moles are not contagious.
Warts are skin cells that have been invaded by a virus. They are found in various places on your body and are often named for their location. Several kinds of warts exist. They occur in a whole range of colors and sizes. Except for genital warts, they are generally benign.
The Best Ways to Get Rid of Warts on Neck
Because filiform warts on your neck are accessible, they are relatively easy to treat at home. Nevertheless, it’s a good idea to consult a health care professional before starting a treatment.
If you apply a wart remover to a growth that isn’t a wart, you can potentially create a serious problem. For example, warts on ears can be difficult to diagnose and treat, as this article explains.
Medical wart removal procedures include:
- Applying prescription-strength creams and ointments.
- Burning your warts off with an electrical current.
- Destroying your warts with laser light.
- Freezing your warts off with liquid nitrogen.
Choosing professional treatment is a trade-off between faster removal and cost. It’s a personal decision that varies among individuals.
Two Easy Home Remedies
You may prefer to try some home remedies first. An important key to any wart removal is a strong immune system. Consuming a high-quality Vitamin C supplement will help strengthen your body’s ability to fight the virus that caused your warts. Vitamin C can help in another way because it’s acidic. That allows it to erode the surface of a wart. You can dab the juice from any citrus fruit on your wart several times a day. Alternatively, you can crush a Vitamin C tablet, mix the powder with a small amount of water to make a paste, and apply the paste to your wart. Keep it in place with a bandage.
Duct tape is another tried and true wart remover that’s been successful for many individuals. Most swear by the original silver-colored tape, but others have found any variety of duct tape to be effective. Simply cut a small patch that’s slightly larger than your wart and stick it on. If you can, leave it on for six days before removing. Allow your skin to breathe for one day, then reapply a fresh piece of tape. Duct tape works by sealing off the wart and suffocating it. Read more here.
These remedies work for warts anywhere on your body. You can learn about how to use them for warts on chest in this article.
What Are Other Ways to Eliminate Neck Warts?
Removing neck warts requires a certain amount of care so that you don’t accidently spread them. Water will soften warts. When softened, they can shed surface cells. That can be a good thing, because it makes the wart smaller, but those cells are contagious.
You can minimize the possibility of infecting more skin if you:
- Wash your neck carefully.
- Dry it by patting rather than rubbing.
- Use a pumice stone or other gentle abrasive to carefully remove the top layer of the wart.
- Clean and dry the area again.
Applying a wart remover product or remedy can be more effective after this process. That’s because removers can penetrate deeply into the wart after the top layer has been scraped off. Repeating the cleaning and treatment steps will eventually get rid of most warts.
It’s important that you never rub hard enough to make your wart bleed. You can learn about how to gently groom your hair if you have a wart on scalp, as this article explains. You should also never allow another family member to use any of your grooming or cleaning items, nor should you use those items on the rest of your body. That’s especially important when it comes to the pumice stone you use. It’s filled with viral cells.
Salicylic Acid Is Easy and Effective
Salicylic acid pads, patches, and bandages are sold over the counter. They are easy to use, and can treat your wart while protecting it from irritation from clothing or jewelry. Salicylic acid erodes the surface of warts until they eventually disappear. Using it after you’ve softened your wart with water can help it work faster.
If you prefer, you can purchase salicylic acid in various creams, lotions, and ointments. All are easy to apply to your neck. Click here for more information about salicylic acid for warts.
Aspirin Can Replace Salicylic Acid
Salicylic acid is in the same family as aspirin. Some individuals have ground up several aspirins, added water to make a paste, and applied the paste to their wart. The aspirin will dissolve the wart over time.
Over the counter wart freeze products are also available. Avoid using them on your neck. It’s too easy to seriously damage healthy skin when spraying them on, and you could end up with scars that are worse than your wart.
Top Five Ways to Remove Neck Warts
People have had warts since prehistoric times and have tried dozens of ways to remove them. Because every individual is different, you may have to experiment before you find a treatment that will get rid of your warts. Although every remedy has worked for someone, not all remedies are effective for everyone.
Some that you can start with include:
- Homeopathy: One of the best homeopathic remedies is Thuja occidentalis. It’s available over the counter in various formulations, including creams, liquids, and tablets. Thuja has many imitators, so read the label carefully to make sure you’re getting a pure product. To learn more about homeopathic remedies for warts, see this page.
- Essential oils: Many individuals have used tea tree oil to effectively remove their warts. All essential oils are concentrated, so they must be diluted in another oil, such as almond oil. You can dab the diluted solution on your wart several times a day. For more info about essential oils for warts check out this article.
- Plants: Using the gel from either aloe vera or dandelions removes warts for many people. Simply break the stem and apply the gel to your wart. Avoid picking a dandelion that’s had herbicide or pesticide applied to it. Crushed fresh basil taped to a wart has antiviral properties.
- Foods: Almost everything in your pantry or refrigerator has been used to treat warts. Crushed garlic can “burn” off a wart when applied directly to it. Papayas and pineapples both contain enzymes that can dissolve wart tissue. All you need to do with any of the food products is tape a piece of them over the wart or even simply dab on the juice several times a day.
Other: Castor oil rubbed on a wart every day can dissolve the skin cells. Vitamin E oil is another wart softener. You can use the oil from a Vitamin E capsule. Honey is a very effective antiviral that can both remove existing warts and keep others from growing.
It’s important to protect healthy skin when using any treatment or remedy to remove your neck warts. The easiest way to do that is to coat the skin around the wart with petroleum jelly or a similar product.
You cannot ever remove any kind of wart by picking at it, so keep your hands off warts on neck. Instead take steps to strengthen your immune system because it can eliminate the virus that causes warts. There is no medical treatment, over the counter product, or home remedy that can cure warts. As long as the virus is in your system, you’re at risk for more warts.