Got Warts on Your Feet?
Who is more likely to get plantar warts or Verrucas?
While anyone can get plantar warts, you may be more likely to get plantar warts if:
- You’re a child or teenager.
- You have an autoimmune disease.
- You have a weakened immune system.
- You’re sixty five years of age or older.
- You have a white skin.
How common are verrucas?
Plantar warts / verrucas are common with approximately ten percent of people having plantar warts. The percentage of children and teenagers with plantar wards is higher, between ten and twenty percent.
How do plantar warts affect the body?
- Plantar warts may be painful.
- They may cause you to change how you stand, walk or run to avoid pain.
- Over time, such changes to your natural posture or movement may cause pain, discomfort or stress in the muscles, tissues or joints in your feet and ankles.
- Plantar warts can also affect your mental health, causing you to feel self-conscious about their appearance and avoid going barefoot or wearing certain types of shoes or footwear.
What are the symptoms of plantar warts or verrucas?
- While they can be similar in appearance to other types of warts, they tend to go deeper into your skin.
- They can have a rough, thick surface that may look like a cauliflower.
- They can be discolored - such as dark pink, yellow, brown, purple or gray.
- They can be dotted with brown or black specks which are dried blood clots.
- There can be pain, tenderness or discomfort.
- These warts or verrucas on the feet can bleed.
- They typically form on, around or between the toes; on the balls of the feet; or on the heels.
Sometimes, many plantar warts will grow together in a large cluster called a mosaic wart.
Are they contagious?
Unfortunately, these warts are contagious, spreading through either skin-to-skin contact or sharing items such as shoes, socks and towels.
If you have a plantar wart, you can even infect yourself by touching the plantar wart with another part of your body.
The warts can also spread through infected surfaces, especially if they’re warm or wet. This is why it is always makes good sense to wear something on your feet in public places such as the gym, pools, saunas and more.
How to prevent the appearance of verrucas / plantar warts
- Avoid touching warts on yourself or someone else.
- Thoroughly wash your hands with warm water and antibacterial soap after touching a plantar wart.
- Thoroughly clean your feet, toes and the spaces between your toes when you bathe.
- Dry your feet, toes and the spaces between your toes after swimming or bathing.
- Don’t share towels, washcloths, shoes, socks, nail clippers or other personal items.
- Wear clean cotton or wool socks that absorb moisture or socks made out of synthetic materials that wick away moisture.
- Clean your shoes with disinfecting sprays or wipes.
- Wear sandals or flip-flops in public locker rooms, pools, saunas, steam rooms or showers and...
- Throw away or thoroughly clean emery boards, pumice stones or exfoliating tools if you have used these to scrape away dead skin on your plantar warts.
How do you get rid of plantar warts or verrucas?
The good news is that plantar warts will often go away on their own after one to two years if your immune system is strong enough to kick in. However, such warts could spread and cause pain or discomfort, so it may be that you decide to get rid of them.
Your options include:
- Cryotherapy where extreme cold is applied by your healthcare provider to freeze and destroy the plantar wart using liquid nitrogen or argon gas.
- Immunotherapy which helps your immune system to fight back. This process involves a topical chemical, such as diphencyprone (DCP) which causes a mild allergic reaction that makes the plantar wart go away.
- Laser treatment which is where your healthcare provider uses laser light to heat and destroy the tiny blood vessels inside the wart by cutting off the blood supply.
- Electrocautery is where your healthcare provider uses an electric current to burn off the planter warts.
- Topical medicine which you can get on prescription or over the counter.
- Surgery is when your healthcare provider numbs the area with a local anesthetic before using a scalpel to cut around the wart with a curette to scoop it out or tweezers to pull it out.
- Duct tape can help remove layers of plantar warts so that several weeks later, it could be possible to remove with tweezers.
- Over the counter salicylic acid works in a similar way as duct tape above.
- Applying apple cider vinegar at least twice a day so that after several weeks, it may be possible to scrub or pull out your wart.
Or you can use a safe, gentle natural solution
Made up of the highest quality essential oil and homeopathic ingredients, H-Warts Formula is gentle on the skin and safe for adults and children over the age of four years.
The Formula is applied directly to the warts using a cotton swab and only a few drops are needed for each application. The Formula begins to work quickly so that you may expect to see results in a week or two although some stubborn plantar warts may take a little longer.
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