When you are seeking out a plantar wart cure, it is useful to have a little insight into what they are and what causes them to develop. Plantar warts or Verruca Plantaris, are warts that grow on the sole of the foot, otherwise known as the plantar surface. Like most varieties of warts, it is caused through the Human Pappiloma Virus (HPV) spread through direct contact.
They are benign non-cancerous skin growths, and thusly, not a serious health concern. However, they can be bothersome and painful,the main reason why people primarily have them removed. Plantar warts can grow anywhere on the foot,but predominantly they appear on the bottom (plantar side, thus its name) heel, or ball of the foot, and are likely to grow in areas where there is constant pressure, from standing and walking, and friction against other surfaces, such as socks or shoes. Because of this pressure and/or friction, plantar warts make the infected area tender and can become painful. You might want to look into some natural plantar wart removal method.
Also, it is possible to mistake a plantar wart for a callus, as they thicken, much like normal calluses. Closer inspection is required to determine if it is indeed a wart or not. One thing to look out for are the tiny black dots on the plantar wart. Often appearing on its surface, these are actually dried up blood in the capillaries. More so than not, the inherent pain that the wart causes will ultimately tell you it is not a callus. But, deep-seated plantar warts that have been in the foot for some time, may be ‘camouflaged’ by calluses that have grown over them.
There are three types of plantar warts. The solitary wart, kissing warts, and the mosaic warts. A solitary wart is a single wart that will often increase its mass over a period of time. Not only this, but the wart may even start multiplying in number. Kissing warts are a pair of warts where two parts of the foot touch, such as between two toes or between a toe and the ball of the foot, while mosaic warts are a group of small warts growing closely together in one area. Plantar warts grow deep into the skin. Their growth occurs slowly, starting small at first, then becoming larger and at times, into one large, single lesion.
Plantar wart removal at home
Plantar wart removal is quite easy. There are a range of treatments to choose from.The most common treatment is using salicylic acid on the plantar wart.This over-the-counter preparation is available at your local pharmacy, and comes in liquid, ointment, gel, or pad form. Before applying the solution, soak the affected area in warm water. Remove loose tissue, then pat dry. Filing the overlying callus tissue will also ensure the medication’s effectiveness. Expect results within a few weeks. If not, you should take a look at other natural plantar wart removal methods.
Applying nail polish is another widely known mole wart removal method. Again, wash the affected area in warm water,then towel dry or air dry to assure complete dryness. Once dry, apply the nail polish evenly, ‘painting’ the wart and the immediate area around it,making sure it is completely covered with the liquid. Allow it to dry thoroughly. Using a hair dryer on low heat will help speed up the process. Leave the wart as is for a few days, so the nail polish starves the wart of oxygen. Within a week, the plantar wart “should” fall off on its own. Use it on your own risk, i dont recommend this method. Using nail polish on your skin is not healthy.
Other methods such as duct tape application has proven to be safe, and just as effective. Any type of commercially available duct tape is applied to the wart, twenty-four (24) hours a day, six out of seven days a week, for six weeks,’suffocating’ the wart.
Freezing the wart via Cryotherapy is a simple medical procedure, where the doctor applies liquid nitrogen, using a spray tip or cotton tip applicator. Cauterizing plantar warts involves ‘burning’ the wart using an electric needle, then removing it by curetting. This is a delicate medical procedure where doctors must take the utmost care not to scar the patient. Laser surgery can also be used, but is usually painful, both to the patient and to his wallet. Your best bet is always to choose natural wart removal methods.
But, whatever treatment you decide to use on your plantar warts, the bottom line is you will feel a great deal better after ridding yourself of the painful and bothersome predicament these warts can bring.