Treatment of Plantar Warts

The one problem with plantar warts is that much of time they’re not warts that can be ignored. They’re found on the bottom of the feet, and though they don’t cause the sort of public embarrassment that warts on more noticeable places cause, when the person walks on them they hurt. Because people do walk on them, plantar warts can also be ingrown. Like an iceberg, what is seen of the plantar wart is a small part of it. Sometimes the part of the wart under the skin can be three times as large as what is seen. Warts are caused by a virus. Next sections will include educational information on treatment of plantar warts

Wart Treating Bandaids

When treating plantar warts at home, the person should be careful not to damage the healthy skin around it. One way to get rid of a plantar wart is to put on bandaids that are specifically made to get rid of warts. These bandaids are worn at night and the removed during the day. The person checks their foot every day until they see that the plantar wart has turned white. Then, over time, they pick off the dead skin. One way to remove plantar warts is to soak the affected foot in an acidic solution. This can be done two times a day for a week, and once again the wart will turn white and will be able to be scraped off. Another way treatment of plantar warts is to apply a paste of salicylic or keratolytic acid to the plantar wart and then cover it with a bandaid. They should continue this till, once again, the acid paste kills the wart. The treatment might take about a month to work.

Surgery and Other Topical Treatments

A dermatologist can also get rid of warts by treating them with cantharidin. They can also use an instrument that freezes the wart and kills it, usually with liquid nitrogen. The dermatologist can burn the plantar wart away with heat. Lasers are also used, though the procedure is painful and costs a lot of money. Another drawback with laser surgery is that it may need to be repeated numerous times until the plantar wart finally gives up and dies. Sometimes the dermatologist can just cut the wart out. The problem with this measure is that the operation obviously leaves a scar, which might not matter too much with a plantar wart, but another drawback is that it’s not guaranteed that the wart, which is contagious, won’t return. The patient will also have to be careful about walking on that foot till the surgical wound heals.

Other Therapies and Just Waiting

A newer form of treatment for plantar warts is to inject them with antigens. They can also be injected with medications like 5-fluoro-uracil, which can also be put on as a cream. Some plantar warts also respond to treatment by the application of retinoid creams. Retinoids are derived from Vitamin A and are used often in dermatologic treatments. One good thing about plantar warts is that, like other warts, most go away by themselves. This can take years, however, and in the meantime the virus that causes plantar warts can be passed on and infect other people. The virus can live for a very long time at the floor of a shower stall, for instance, and can be passed around if people share shoes or sandals.

Our Personal Recommendations

Our team of specialists personally think that best way treatment of plantar warts is using over-the-counter wart removal product Wartrol, because it has shown best results in our experiments.

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