Plantar Warts - Treatment
Plantar warts are a common skin infection on the bottom (plantar) side of your foot. About 10 percent of teenagers have warts. Using a public shower or walking around the locker room in your bare feet after a workout increases your risk for developing plantar warts.
Infection with the human papilloma virus, which passes from person to person by direct contact. The virus invades the skin, making infected cells reproduce faster than normal cells. Plantar warts are contagious and are most common in association with the following:
Most plantar warts aren't a serious health concern, but they may be bothersome or painful, and they can be resistant to treatment. You may need to see your doctor to remove them.
Signs and symptoms
In most cases, your doctor can diagnose plantar warts just by inspecting your feet. If there's any doubt, your doctor may need to pare down the lump with a scalpel. Why? Corns and calluses don't have a blood supply and won't bleed, while plantar warts will show signs of pinpoint bleeding from their dark dots, which are really blood vessels.
If there's still doubt about the diagnosis, your doctor may take a sample of your foot tissue and send it to a laboratory for analysis.
Medical Treatment- Your doctor will probably pare away the overlying callused skin, and apply chemical cauterants, such as trichloracetic acid, 20% salicylic acid or 20% formalin. Sometimes plantar warts are removed with lasers.
Home remedies for the treatment plantar warts
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