Recently, a video of a mantis being used to help eat a wart on his neck went viral on Weibo. In the video, a man with a wart on the back of his neck said that the mantis “doctor” spent 20 minutes eating all the wart. While many people marveled at the medical wisdom of their ancestors, they were also amazed at the dedication of this doctor mantis. Some netizens who have tried it said that this method is really useful.
Why is the mantis willing to help eat warts? Is this safe? You must know that there are different types of warts. How to cleanly eradicate these unsightly little bumps? The doctor will tell you the answer.
The mantis’s mouth is awkward and can easily damage the skin.
Warts, scientifically called warts, are benign skin growths caused by human papillomavirus (HPV) infection. They appear as fleshy granule-like protrusions of varying sizes and rough surfaces on the skin surface. HPV infection is mainly transmitted through direct contact and self-inoculation. Skin damage is the main cause of HPV infection. Indirect infection may also be caused by skin damage from pollutants. Humans are the only hosts of HPV, and the incidence rate increases when the body’s immunity is low.
Why do mantises eat warts? Mainly because it is a carnivorous insect, especially the damaged skin and flesh, which is attractive to mantises. These are all folk remedies left over from the time when medicine was underdeveloped. After all, mantises are insects and there is a risk of spreading diseases. In addition, when using mantises to eat wares, you must control the heat and remove them as soon as possible. If you are not experienced, the mantis may continue to eat and damage the good skin tissue.
In fact, it is not uncommon for animals to treat diseases in the medical field. Leeches are used to treat congestion in skin flaps, maggots are used to remove carrion from wounds, etc. The therapeutic effect of this type of animal is quite good, but the reason why it has not been widely promoted may be that the raising and management of animals are still relatively troublesome, and from the perspective of the public, there is still some fear or uneasiness. In fact, there is really no need to bother the animal doctor for problems that modern clinical surgery can easily solve in a few minutes.
Wares are also classified and treated with different methods
Having said that, what exactly is a wart? Should it be treated and how should it be treated? There are many types of warts. Common warts, flat warts, condyloma acuminata, etc. are currently common clinically.
Common warts are mostly caused by HPV types 1, 2, 4, and 7. They commonly occur on the fingers, back of hands, edges of feet, etc. The initial rash appears as pin-cap-sized gray-white flat papules with a dry and rough surface. Gradually enlarge to the size of soybeans and broad beans, with obvious bulge. The appearance may be cauliflower-like, papilloma-like, gray-white or light brown, and hard to the touch. The number of rashes is variable, they can be single or multiple, or they can merge into patches.
Some common warts have a thin base, which connects the wart and skin like a thread, and looks like a small nail standing upside down on the skin. It commonly occurs around the eyes, armpits and neck, and is also known as filiform warts. Especially when the weather is hot, many patients will develop filiform warts on their necks. If they wear necklaces and other objects, the friction and irritation will increase significantly. Multiple filamentous warts gather together and look like finger-like protrusions, which are called digital warts.
Common warts that occur on the soles of the feet are also called plantar warts. They are most common at stress points on the feet. Local pressure, friction, trauma and excessive sweating are the predisposing factors for plantar warts.
The course of common warts is slow, and most patients can naturally disappear in 2-3 years. For warts that are difficult to disappear or consciously affect the appearance, drugs, freezing, laser, ionization, surgery and other methods can be used to remove them.
Flat warts tend to occur in teenagers and are mostly caused by HPV types 3, 5, 8, 9, 10, and 11. In most cases, the onset of flat warts is sudden. The skin lesions mostly occur on the face, back of hands, and arms, and appear as flat papules of varying sizes. , slightly raised, with a smooth surface, round, oval or polygonal shape, clear boundaries, and can be densely distributed or arranged in a linear manner due to local scratching. Generally, there are no subjective symptoms, and some patients feel slight itching.
The course of flat warts is also relatively slow and can last for several years. In most patients, the skin lesions can disappear on their own in 2-3 years. Treatment can include topical exfoliation or cytotoxic drugs. If the warts are isolated, small in number and have a long course of disease, freezing, laser, ionization and other methods can be used to remove them.
Condylomata acuminata is a sexually transmitted disease mainly caused by wart-like lesions caused by HPV-6, 11 and other infections. Skin lesions mainly manifest as skin and mucosal vegetations with variable sizes and shapes, often occurring in the anus and external genitalia. Although they can be treated with a variety of methods, they are prone to recurrence.
Don’t scratch the wart, it will make it worse.
Warts are caused by HPV infection and are preventable to a certain extent. In normal times, we should pay attention to developing good living habits, improve our own immunity, try to keep our skin fresh and dry, clean and replace personal items regularly, and do not share towels, slippers and other items.
If you pick out warts yourself, be sure to disinfect them. If the warts you pick out come into contact with the surrounding damaged skin, they will grow longer. In the same way, don’t scratch the area where warts grow. Especially if you have long nails, it is easy to scratch the warts, which will lead to more and more scratches.
If the lesions feel “hand-pulling” to the touch, are unsightly, and increase in number quickly, it is recommended to seek treatment as soon as possible. I would like to remind everyone not to use potions of unknown origin and unreliable folk remedies for treatment. It is still recommended that everyone go to a regular hospital for treatment to avoid worsening of the condition, infection, and leaving serious scars. Text/Wang Chuan Li Weiwei (Beijing Tsinghua Chang Gung Memorial Hospital)