Plantar Wart Removal

Plantar warts is but one of the 5 varieties of warts that can infect your skin. While the most common place for warts is on your hands, those that grow on the soles of your feet is known as plantar warts and they have subtle differences from other varieties of warts. Plantar wart removal is probably the most challenging simply because it’s on your feet and the constant friction can hinder any attempt at removing it.

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Warts are caused by the HPV virus that infects the top layer of skin. Because the soles of your feet is such a tough skin, the warts that form on that skin can be very tough, hard and persistent. Above all, these plantar warts are very uncomfortable since they tend to grow quite big. It often feels like you are constantly stepping on a pebble.

So, what’s the best treatment for plantar wart removal? Obviously surgery is the first thing that comes to mind, but the problem is that cutting it out will leave you unable to walk for a week. The cut is usually quite deep and often very painful.

Doctors are increasingly moving towards non surgical treatments. Cryotherapy is probably the most popular which is basically a liquid nitrogen solution that kills the wart by freeing it. In most cases you don’t even get a local anesthetic for this procedure. There are quite a few over-the-counter versions of this treatment available but you should note that is still takes time and that it can be painful.

The most popular form of plantar wart removal is with Salicylic acid – an acid that’s safe for healthy skin, but it kills the HPV virus and thereby your wart. This acid is very hazardous and can burn a hole in your skin. This that are administered by doctors are usually much stronger and obviously works much faster. However, this acid treatment needs to be administered regularly as a single application is rarely effective.

Fortunately there are quite a few versions that you can buy in your local drug store.  It’s not nearly as strong but it is safe to use at home. A typical treatment takes anything from 2 to 12 weeks and the major benefit is that it’s completely painless and scar free.

These 3 plantar wart removal methods are not the only ones, but they are the most effective. Often times these warts will go away by themselves as your body’s natural immunity rejects the HPV virus. If your wart is getting bigger or if it’s particularly bothersome then you should get it removed a.s.a.p. Remember that warts are contagious and can spread on your own body as well as to other people you have contact with.
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