Plantar Warts and Different Methods of Getting Rid of Them (Cryotheraty, Duct Tape, Wartrol, Salicylic Acid and others)
The virus that causes plantar warts belongs to the family of human papillomavirus (HPV). It is in fact common warts that emerge on the the feet soles (heel, toe, etc.).
Common warts can also be seen on the elbows or knees. Usually benign, these small rough bumps are formed in the outer layer of skin, the epidermis. They typically measure few centimeters and they are contagious.
What is the cause of a plantar wart?
When you are in contact with the virus (usually the human papillomavirus type 1), it can get into your body through a small slit or skin lesion. The entry point is sometimes not visible to the naked eye!
Subsequently, it is common that the immune system succeeds in neutralizing the virus and that it therefore does not a wart. However, if the immune system fails to spontaneously destroy infected cells, a wart appear in the weeks and months ahead.
Who is affected? What are the risk factors?
– Kids and teenagers are more likely than grown-ups to catch warts. Indeed, a greater immunity develops with age and warts are very rare in the elderly.
– Young alongside someone who has a wart are most at risk.
– People with eczema, excessive sweating, and those whose skin tends to crack easily are more affected than those with no skin problem.
– Stress and fatigue can promote the development of plantar warts.
– People with a weakened immune system are more likely to suffer from warts.
– All kinds of warts are highly contagious and plantar warts are no exception. Of course, direct contact between a wart and a skin lesion is a way to transmit the virus, but it is not the only one.
– The virus survives for several days without a host, which means it can be transmitted in an indirect way. For example, if an infected person is walking barefoot on a floor, the virus can survive on the floor and infect several days later, another person who would walk barefoot.
– A person can transmit the virus itself by contacting the wart and then contacting other parts of his body. This is called auto-inoculation.
– Note that several months or even years may pass between infection and the emergence of the wart itself.
The main symptoms are:
– The appearance of a small hump rough, spongy, brownish or yellowish underfoot, can measure a few millimeters in diameter.
– A plantar wart is generally round and flat, located on the bearing points of the foot (those who come into contact with the ground).
– A pain in the foot. Warts are as a rule painless, but if they are in an area undergoing a lot of friction and pressure as the soles of the feet, they can induce moderate to throbbing suffering.
– The foot pain can lead to posture problems.
– In general, a simple observation of the wart may allow a health professional to diagnose.
– If you are in doubt, it is possible to perform analysis of a sample taken by friction.
– The wart can sometimes be confused at first glance with other foot ailments such as corns, bunions or heel black.
To treat plantar warts
Plantar warts if they are untreated often disappear by themselves in a couple of months or years. On the other hand, some treatments can be used to accelerate the process, especially if the wart causes discomfort because of its positioning.
-Try WARTROL that is homeopathic product which is very successful in treating all kinds of warts.
– salicylic acid is sold in pharmacies without a prescription. Applied it regularly, salicylic acid will eventually burn the wart. Be careful because salicylic acid can burn the skin.
– The wart can also be thinned mechanically, for example by filing off with a pumice stone.
– Cover the plantar wart with a duct tape several days a week for a few weeks. This is a potentially effective treatment for warts. Although the usefulness of this technique is not proven, it poses no risk … why not try it?
– A doctor can treat the wart using liquid nitrogen cooled to -196 ° C to freeze and destroy as well as the virus that caused it. Several meetings are required and the treatment is very painful. This cold treatment is called cryotherapy.
– Warts can be destroyed with the laser or minor surgery.
– Note that many warts disappear on their own with no any treatment.
When to see a doctor?
– If the wart is painful.
– When there is bleeding or signs of infection.
– When the wart is abnormal or asymmetrical.
– When warts are chronic.
– Try not to walk barefoot in public places for example gyms, pool decks, communal showers, beaches, etc…
– Do not borrow shoes or socks of someone else.
– If you touch a wart, e.g. for treatment, be sure to wash your hands immediately after.
– When the soles of your feet with a wound visible, extra caution should be taken.
– If you tend to suffer from chronic warts, immunotherapy may be considered. This kind of preventive treatment aims to teach the body to fight against external aggressions.
Did you know that …?
The prevalence of warts in children varies greatly from one country to another. In some places, it is very low at less than 5%, while in other places, an estimated one in three children suffers from one or more warts! The reasons of these disparities haven’t been understood yet.