What You Should Know About Plantar Warts and Treatments

The old stories of frogs causing warts and witches with warts are interesting and fun to read, but they do not include the facts about warts that you need to know. What causes warts? These unsightly growths are caused by viruses. You should know there are a few different types of warts and that they can appear almost anywhere on the body. Plantar warts are found on the soles of the feet. The following will cover what you need to know about plantar warts and how to treat them.

Plantar warts are not cancerous, but they can make it painful for you to walk. They are about the size of a pencil eraser and seldom get much bigger than that. You may also see a black spot in the center of the wart due to blood vessels growing inside the wart. Unlike a Palmer wart you might have on your hands, fingers, neck, or face that grows above the skin’s surface, plantar warts usually remain flush (even) with the skin. The fact that you walk on them, keeps them relatively flat.

The human papillomavirus, or HPV, is responsible for plantar warts. Exposure to the virus is enough to cause a plantar wart to form on your foot. This is because HPV can get into your body through a cut, scratch, or other area where you have broken skin. Once the virus gets inside your body it goes right to the upper/outer layers of the skin where it produces a fast-growing plantar wart. More warts can spread from touching the wart and can be transmitted to another person via contact. Sharing shoes, socks, towels, or anything that touches the wart can cause the virus to spread.

Once you have one, you want to know how to get rid of plantar wart either because it’s painful or at least unsightly. The main ingredient for an effective plantar wart treatment is salicylic acid. Most over-the-counter (OTC) topical treatments contain only a small amount of this wart-killing acid. It can take as long as four months to get rid of one with conventional OTC wart treatments. Wartol is an example of a wart treatment that contains more salicylic acid. Using a treatment like this not only helps get rid of a plantar wart quickly, but also safely and with no known side effects in most individuals.