Plantar warts

Does your child go to the pool and come back with lumps under his or her feet? Don’t delay. Your child may have contracted contagious plantar warts. If you’re an adult, this problem can affect you too.

What is a plantar wart?

A plantar wart is a skin lesion caused by a virus, the papillomavirus or human papilloma virus. Small black dots and a crust of hard skin or callus can sometimes be seen around the lesion. It’s important to recognize and remove them as quickly as possible, before they grow and spread.

This virus is found on the ground and is generally caught by walking barefoot. That’s why it’s more common in children. It is therefore advisable to wear sandals, shoes or socks in public places to avoid contamination. Good shower and bath cleaning at home is also recommended.

How to remove or treat plantar warts at home?

Granny remedies such as essential oils and duct tape to remove the wart root are not effective.

Several products are available in pharmacies. There are salicylic acid dressings (Compound W) and cold treatments (cryotherapy) which attempt to destroy the wart with liquid nitrogen. However, these types of treatment are often not powerful enough to eliminate the virus entirely. Sometimes, their ineffectiveness even leads to an increase in wart size and the development of new warts.

Why won’t my wart go away and why does it hurt?

It’s important to make the right diagnosis and not confuse your wart with other skin problems such as fungus, blisters, corns or calluses. This could explain the failure of basic treatments and pain.

Who should I see to treat and remove my wart?

Your podiatrist will be able to suggest more effective treatments to quickly treat and remove your seemingly untreatable plantar wart, and make sure you have the right diagnosis;

  • Treatment with prescription salicylic acid cream
  • Treatment with acid, cantharidin and podophylline
  • Bleomycin injection
  • Surgical curettage

Your podiatrist will also be able to tell you when the wart virus has died. To do this, he uses a specialized lamp called a dermatoscope. This enables him to see signs of plantar warts, or their absence, through a magnifying glass.



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