Sunday, May 26, 2013

Plantar Wart - An Overview

Since the ancient time, warts are one of the most terrifying skin diseases that circulate among humankind. Although the appearance of warts can vary based in the type and the location of the wart on the skin, they generally look like white, pink, flesh-colored, or brown growths on the skin. They come in various shapes and they can range from small to very large.

Those having warts are always keen to know the ways of removing them. A lot of people are unaware that there are many kinds of warts and each needs to be treated differently. Papilloma virus causes warts and certain types from this category are linked to cervical cancer. Before you set out to have them removed, you should familiarize yourself with different types of warts. 

Plantar warts are warts that appear on the sole of the foot is very common with children, young women, and young adults. However, you should know the virus that causes plantar warts is contagious and difficult for anyone to avoid. In fact, people that exercise and sweat heavily are likely to get plantar warts.

Plantar warts are notoriously difficult to categorize, as they often disguise themselves as a harmless little callus. Sometimes plantar warts spread in the foot causing clusters of plant warts to appear. Plantar warts get their name from where they appear on the bottom of the foot known as the plantar side. Plantar warts can be yellow in color and may appear as calices on the sole of the foot. Warts under the foot do not cause pain in most cases but some people notice their plantars do hurt if they are on the ball of the foot as this is where all the weight is beared on the heel.

There are a couple of reasons why you should get rid of plantar warts. The first reason why you want to get rid of them is they can be very painful and they can affect your day to day activities. You see the warts appear on the sole of your foot and doing something as simple as walking can be a very painful undertaking. This can be especially a problem for you if you work on your feet all day.

Another reason you want to get rid of them is that plantar warts are noticeable. I'm not talking about someone else noticing them (you'll have to have your shoes and socks off with your bare feet up on the coffee table for anyone to notice). However, I am implying you will notice them. Plantar warts can grow in size and they also grow in clusters with small warts surrounding a huge wart. Unless you're a foot model you'll most likely you won't notice what they look like on your foot. However, you will notice them with every step you take.

The last reason I would like to discuss is you want to get rid of plantar warts because they have the potential to be contagious. Meaning they can transfer between people. You can catch them from direct or indirect contact. It doesn't always happen but it can. Some people are more susceptible to the HPV virus than others. So you may pass the virus to people you don't know or worse yet to people you love and care about. However, it's really a no win situation because plantar warts grow inward because of the pressure applied to them while you walk. So you may not notice you have them all ready. So you could be spreading the virus without even knowing it.

Often times no treatment is required. They often go away by their own with time. But some of them may cause serious complications. If left untreated, plantar warts may become cancerous after some time. There are many ways to get rid of plantar warts. Here are a few low cost ways to get rid of them:

  • Letting them clear up by themselves. Not always recommended for above reasons, so ask your doctor. 
  • Topical treatment. Often cantharidin, derived from the blister beetle, is applied to the wart along with salicylic acid, then covered with a bandage and eventually peeled or scraped off. Sometimes prescription creams are used. 
  • Oral treatment. Medications that boost your immune system and help in the Battle Against Warts are used. 
  • Laser Therapy. Used primarily for stubborn warts that has resisted alternative treatment. Can hurt and be costly. 
  • Cryotherapy, or freezing. A medical professional will apply liquid nitrogen directly to the wart to freeze it off. Can be painful so is usually only used on adults. 
  • Surgery. An electric needle will cut it away.

Other than the methods listed above, there are a number of home remedies available for naturally removing them and some of them require the use of ingredients that you have in your home all ready. Also using a natural method to remove the warts will not harm your skin and may not cause scarring. Finally, most home remedies are more comfortable to apply than the over the counter methods.


  1. The best method I found consisted of epsom salt soaks, duct tape and eventually salicylic acid pads when the wart was good and vulnerable. I struggled with a bad one for 2 years before getting rid of it, but it's now gone and I have no mark or scar where it was. I created a blog to document the process which includes before and after photos if anyone is curious...



  2. You are a Good writter infact this is Written very detaild Cause, Symptoms and Treatment of Plantar Warts Thumbs Up.


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