Plantar warts are common contagious skin growths that appear on the bottoms of your feet. They’re caused by a virus and although they can be painful, they’re harmless. You can catch a wart from almost any surface. Places such as the tile floors of locker rooms, showers, even carpets, anywhere someone who already has warts has stepped and left the virus.
Any tiny cut on the outer surface of your foot’s skin (epidermis) could be an entry point. Plantar warts often appear flat, but grow inward toward the dermis (second layer) of the skin, which can be painful. Pain or a lump on the bottom of your foot is the first sign (it may feel like a stone is in your shoe); walking may aggravate the sensation.
Home Treatment of plantar warts
Apply salicylic acid to warts daily. Doing so will help remove infected skin and keep the virus from spreading elsewhere. Use a liquid, or over-the-counter wart remover with at least 40 percent salicylic acid. Try Wartrol Plantar Wart Remover.
If an at-home treatment doesn’t remedy your plantar warts after two months of dedicated use, a dermatologist can help.
“It’s common practice to freeze warts with liquid nitrogen in a procedure that destroys the infected skin,” explains Sandra Johnson, M.D., a dermatologist in Dublin, Ohio. * The bottom line You’ll probably come in contact with the virus at some point, but you can prevent warts with good hygiene and, luckily, getting rid of existing ones is relatively easy.
Plantar warts removal using Duct tape
If it wasn’t chance, one would need to treat 10 children with duct tape for 6 weeks to remove 1 wart. In 81%, the duct tape would not stick; 32% used extra fixative. A small, flawed study (Arch Pediatr Adol Med 2002; 156:975-977) found duct tape as effective as cryotherapy.
Warts are very bothersome and do not look very attractive either, so doing something to get rid of them is so very important for some. It is important to know which type of wart you have before deciding which treatment option that you will be purchasing. There are different types of medication for different types of warts.
Warts do not make you nasty or ugly, they can be treated usually so there really is no reason for panic. It is important for you to pay close attention to any markings on your skin to ensure that you are taking the proper steps for treatment, instead of wasting your time and money.