The Aquatics Center in Surprise, AZ, is a great place to spend a summer day with the family. However, infections like plantar warts are spread from person to person, so it’s important to protect yourself and your children. Fortunately, getting rid of warts is fairly simple and doesn’t require invasive measures.
A wart is a growth on the skin caused by one of the hundreds of different strains of human papillomavirus (HPV). Plantar warts are found on the soles of your feet and they are noncancerous. They are also usually flatter than the warts you might find on other parts of your body because of the pressure placed on them when walking or standing. Warts are not usually painful, but they may cause you some irritation based on their location. They are usually passed from person to person, but it’s normal for only one person in a family to have warts.
Treating a wart is fairly simple. They may go away on their own, but if you are feeling impatient there are a number of at-home remedies you can try. Some people use the tried and true “duct tape method” where they cover the wart with duct tape for a week, soak their foot in warm water, and then scrape off the dead cells with a pumice stone. There are also different drug-store wart treatments that may be beneficial. The best way to get rid of a wart is to enlist the help of your doctor to freeze it off, surgically remove it, or use medicine to fight the virus so the wart will disappear faster.
If you have a question about treating an existing plantar wart, call Dr. Viedra Elison at (623) 584-5556 to schedule an appointment at Fixing Feet Institute in Surprise, AZ.
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