Plantar warts, also known as verrucas, are a common skin infection caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). These warts typically occur on the soles of the feet or other weight-bearing areas. Now, let’s dive into your questions about how they are contracted and how they can be treated.
How do you get plantar warts?
Plantar warts are usually contracted by direct contact with the virus. They often thrive in warm and wet environments like locker rooms, swimming pools, and communal shower areas. The virus can enter the body through small cuts or abrasions on the skin, especially on the feet, making these areas more vulnerable to infection. The virus itself is highly contagious and can spread easily from person to person. It’s important to take precautions, such as wearing sandals in public areas, to minimize the risk of contracting plantar warts.
How do you cure plantar warts?
There are several treatment options available to cure plantar warts. Here are a few common methods:
Various non-prescription treatments, such as salicylic acid-based wart removers, are available as topical solutions, gels, pads, or plasters. These products work by gradually wearing down the wart and stimulating the immune system to fight the virus. Strict adherence to the instructions is crucial for effective treatment.
This procedure involves freezing the wart with liquid nitrogen. The extreme cold destroys the wart tissue, and eventually, it falls off. Cryotherapy may require multiple treatments spaced a few weeks apart.
In some cases, a healthcare professional may recommend stronger topical medications that contain ingredients like formaldehyde or cantharidin to help remove the wart.
In more severe or persistent cases, a laser may be used to destroy the wart tissue. This procedure is usually performed by a dermatologist and is effective but can be expensive.
Surgery is generally considered a last resort and is used when other treatments fail. During this procedure, a podiatrist may cut the wart out or use an electric needle to remove it.
It’s worth mentioning that plantar warts can sometimes resolve on their own without treatment, though this could take months or even years. It’s essential to consult a healthcare professional for diagnosis and to discuss the most suitable treatment option based on your specific situation.
Understanding how plantar warts are contracted and knowing the available treatment options will help you take appropriate measures to prevent and manage them effectively. If you suspect you have plantar warts or any concerns about your foot health, consult the Bayshore Podiatry professionals at 813-877-6636 for a proper evaluation and guidance.