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To treat a wart, soak it for 10 to 15 minutes (you can do this in the shower or bath), file away the dead warty skin with an emery board or pumice stone, and apply the salicylic acid. Do this once or twice a day for 12 weeks.
Plantar warts and palmar warts are noncancerous skin growths, caused by a viral infection in the top layer of the skin. The culprit is a strain of virus called human papillomavirus or HPV.
Plantar warts tend to be hard and flat, with a rough surface and well-defined boundaries; warts are generally raised and fleshier when they appear on the top of the foot or on the toes. Plantar warts are often gray or brown (but the color may vary), with a center that appears as one or more pinpoints of black.
Verrucae vulgaris is a type of wart commonly found on non-weightbearing surfaces such as the top of the foot or along the toes. They are generally elevated, well circumscribed lesions with a rough surface and have pinpoint vessels within.
Treatment: There’s little that can be done to treat warts. Make sure to never squeeze them and try not to do anything that would make them bleed.
These two procedures often are used together. The dermatologist may remove the wart by scraping it off before or after electrosurgery. Excision: The doctor may cut out the wart (excision).
Most warts will persist for one to two years if they are left untreated. Eventually, the body will recognize the virus and fight it off, causing the wart to disappear. While they remain, however, warts can spread very easily when people pick at them or when they are on the hands, feet or face.
The most common STD. (Other types of HPV cause common warts like hand warts and plantar warts on the feet but these aren’t sexually transmitted.) Genital HPV infections are very, very common. In fact, most people who have sex get the HPV at some point in their lives.
Mix two parts apple cider vinegar in one-part water. Soak a cotton ball in the vinegar-water solution. Apply the cotton ball directly on the wart. Cover with tape or a bandage, keeping the cotton ball on the wart overnight (or for longer if possible).
Walking barefoot raises your risk of developing plantar warts, which generally arm harmless but may spread and cause pain. The virus spreads readily in warm and moist environments, such as in bathrooms and locker rooms.
Contrary to popular belief, warts do not have roots. They originate from the top layer of skin, the epidermis. As they grow down into the second layer of skin, the dermis, they can displace the dermis but not form roots: The underside of a wart is smooth.
You should not dig out a wart. It could cause severe pain and more problems down the road. Plantar warts typically lie under the skin tissue on the bottom of the foot. Trying to dig them out would cause more underlying issues.
When to see a podiatrist Warts that bleed or change appearance. Persistent, recurring, or multiple warts. Diabetes, nerve damage, or poor sensitivity in your feet. A weakened immune system.
Common warts never turn cancerous. They may bleed if injured. Since warts are caused by a virus (e.g., human papilloma virus), they are contagious. Warts may spread on the body or to other people.
Treat the wart. When someone has a healthy immune system, a wart will often go away on its own. This can take a long time, though. In the meantime, the virus that causes warts can spread to other parts of the body, which may lead to more warts. Treatment can help a wart clear more quickly.
Don’t rub, scratch, or pick at the wart. Doing so could spread the virus to another part of your body or cause the wart to become infected.
Home Treatments for Warts Warts are contagious, especially when you start to treat them. Any object used (tweezers, file, etc.) should not be used on any other body part after touching the wart.
The wart may swell or throb. The skin on the wart may turn black in the first 1 to 2 days, which might signal that the skin cells in the wart are dying. The wart might fall off within 1 to 2 weeks.
Don’t pick at warts or try to peel them off, as this will only spread the virus. Have separate nail clippers for healthy and infected areas. Try not to shave over warts. Try not to touch other people’s warts.
Gather a bottle of apple cider vinegar, cotton balls or cotton-tipped applicators, and a small bandage. Soak the cotton ball in apple cider vinegar, and apply this to the area where the wart is. Place the bandage over the cotton ball and leave it in place overnight. Some people may leave it on for up to 24 hours.
Unlike other treatments, duct tape doesn’t seek to treat the underlying virus that causes the wart or to identify the root of the wart. Instead, covering a wart with duct tape prevents the virus from spreading further by stopping the wart from contacting other parts of your skin.
Plantar warts can be small, or they can grow to cover most of the sole of the foot. They are usually painless and go away on their own, sometimes taking a few months to resolve (but can take up to 2 years).
Freezing a wart using cryotherapy is an effective wart removal option. Liquid nitrogen is applied to the plantar wart with a spray or cotton swab. This destroys the tissue and causes a small blister to form over the spot. In a week or so, the dead skin will be gone.
Warts occur when the virus comes in contact with your skin and causes an infection. Warts are more likely to develop on broken skin, such as picked hangnails or areas nicked by shaving, because the virus is able to enter the top layer of skin through scratches or cuts.
Plantar warts are caused by an infection with HPV in the outer layer of skin on the soles of your feet. They develop when the virus enters your body through tiny cuts, breaks or other weak spots on the bottoms of your feet.
HPV persistence can occur for up to 10 to 15 years; therefore, it is possible for a partner to have contracted HPV from a previous partner and transmit it to a current partner. It is also possible the patient’s partner recently cheated on her; research confirms both possibilities.
Like other viral infections, plantar warts are contagious, commonly spread in public swimming pools, communal showers, or even your shower at home.
Baking soda and castor oil. This is yet another important home remedy to treat warts. The anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties of baking powder reduce pain and inflammation at the site of the wart.
Also try to keep it off the normal skin. The acid will turn the wart into dead skin (it will turn white).
Warts can be very tiny and difficult to see. Sometimes, the difference between a wart and other bumps or pimples is subtle. The provider may apply vinegar to the warts: Warts typically turn white after 10 to 15 minutes of vinegar application.