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How to Remedy Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are a quite common skin condition that form on the plantar or sole of the foot, normally in areas where there is more pressure applied.  Plantar warts occur due to the human papilloma virus and appear in circular, callus like growths.  If you are looking to remedy plantar warts it can be a very “hit or miss” type of treatment.  Some plantar warts remedy themselves spontaneously while others must be treated medically.  There are also home treatments that work over time.  Plantar warts normally do not affect the way you live which means that you can allow them to go away by themselves.   However, if the wart begins to inhibit your walking, more serious action must take place.

At Home Plantar Wart Remedies

Medical treatment can often leave tiny scars which deter many people from going to the dermatologist.  Plantar warts can go away in as little as a few months or in as long as a few years.  If you want to remedy plantar warts at home there are many different approaches you can take to see if they work for you.  There is not a universal solution to removing warts and they can come back in the same spot or somewhere else at any time.  If you want to alleviate pain from the pressure placed on the wart while you are walking you can place a circular doughnut shaped pad around the wart.  You can also use a pumice stone to gently remove the hard callus like skin that separates the ground from the nerve bearing tissue.  Be sure to soak the foot in lukewarm water before removing the skin.

You can use an over the counter remedy that contains salicylic acid to remove the wart skin.  It comes in many convenient forms including ointments, gels, liquid and pads.  The longer you have had the wart, the longer it will take to treat.  Be sure to eradicate the warts when they begin to form, rather than waiting in order to recuperate faster.  In order for the salicylic acid to reach the affected area more profoundly, it is recommended that you soak your foot in warm water for at least 5 to 10 minutes.  Make sure that any excess, rough skin is also removed before applying the solution.  Every time the solution is used, you should notice an improvement in the wart size and shape. 

Burning Away Warts with Medical Treatments

If there is no change, then you will need a stronger treatment which can only be provided by a doctor.  There are numerous treatments that can be used to remedy plantar warts.  The most common type of treatment is burning the wart off with a topical acid like salicylic acid (a stronger concentration than that which you can buy over the counter at the drugstore) or dichloroacetic.  Depending on the severity of the plantar wart, it can fall off in as little as one treatment or it may take several treatments over the course of a few months. 

One of the newest technologies for plantar wart removal is with laser technology.  This method does leave minimal scarring.  Plantar warts can also be frozen off with liquid nitrogen.  This is one of the most successful ways to get rid of a wart.  The wart will eventually turn black and you will see the blood return to the area of the wart.  It will fall off and with the proper aftercare, there should be no signs of scarring. 

The Excision of Plantar Warts

One of the last medical remedies of removing warts is the excision with curettage and desiccation.  A local anesthetic is used to numb the area where the doctor will then use either an ultrasonic or electrical device to remove the wart.  Any remaining part of the wart is then removed with a curette, to prevent the wart from coming back.  A topical treatment is normally used on top afterwards.  This procedure does leave a scar and it does not guarantee that the wart will not regenerate within the scar tissue creating an even more painful medical treatment.

As you can see, there are many plantar wart remedies to choose from. You can begin with a self- care treatment but if the situation does not improve within a few weeks, you should not delay in making an appointment with your doctor.  The sooner the wart is looked at and treated, the easier and less painful it will be to remove it.

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