Planter warts are a very common problem. A plantar wart may have small black specks within it that ooze blood when the surface is shaved; these are abnormal capillaries. Most warts, disappear spontaneously without any treatment. It is because of this, that there are several claims of marvelous cures. Planter Warts are contagious. The condition stems from HPV virus and results in painful growths on the bottom of the foot. This virus can be acquired in warm moist environments and if often associated with using public places such as showers and pools. Warts are simple afflictions, not a threat to life, but they can be quite troublesome and may cripple the smooth running of day to day life, if one is over conscious of them. As planter warts are under pressure from standing and walking, planters warts grow inward, often causing great discomfort and pain. The warts on feet are only called planter warts. The process of removal of planter warts is slightly painful but the doctor is likely to give you anesthesia injection locally to make the area numb.
Plantar warts often develop beneath pressure points in your feet, such as the heels or balls of your feet. Plantar warts may cause pain, particularly when walking. The virus that causes plantar warts isn't highly contagious, but it thrives in warm, moist environments, such as shower floors, locker rooms and public swimming areas. So you may contract the virus by walking barefoot in public places. If you have a plantar wart, you can even spread the virus to other places on your own foot by touching or scratching. The virus can also spread by contact with skin shed from a wart or blood from a wart. Most plantar warts aren't a serious health concern, but they may be bothersome or painful, and they can be resistant to treatment. The treatment used on your plantar warts depends on their location and size, your type of skin, and medical judgment. Sometimes new plantar warts will form while existing ones are being destroyed. The only thing that can be done is to let them grow large enough to be seen.
Causes of Plantars wart
Planter warts are caused by human papilloma virus, that causes other infections such as vaginitis and other genital wart viruses. The virus that causes plantar warts isn't highly contagious, but it thrives in warm, moist environments, such as shower floors, locker rooms and public swimming areas. Like other infectious diseases, HPV may also pass from person to person. If you have a plantar wart, you can even spread the virus to other places on your own foot by touching or scratching. The virus can also spread by contact with skin shed from a wart or blood from a wart.
Common causes and risk factors of Plantars wart:
- Skin trauma.
- Human papilloma virus.
- Weakened immune system because of certain drugs used or illness.
- Damaged or cut skin.
- Use of public showers.
Signs and Symptoms of Plantars wart
Plantar warts can erupt anywhere on the sole of the foot. They may be difficult to distinguish from calluses. However, you may be able to see tiny black dots on the surface layer of a plantar wart. Gray or brown lumps with one or more black pinpoints, which are actually small, clotted blood vessels, not "wart seeds" Pinching a plantar wart between two fingers will cause pain, pinching a callus will cause no pain. Remember that plantar warts preventing does not guarantee that the warts will not return. Warts are very resistant to treatment and have a tendency to return.
Sign and symptoms may include the following :
- A black dot in the center, surrounded by a hard, white area.
- Pain while walking.
Treatment for Plantars wart
The treatment of planter warts consists in eliminating them either by chemical lotion or physical means. Podiatrists and dermatologists are considered specialists in the treatment of plantar warts, though most primary care physicians are capable of treating simple plantar warts. They are very common and may bleed if injured. Wart viruses are difficult to avoid because they are everywhere but to minimize contact, wear footwear at public pools and when using locker rooms and public showers. Freezing the wart with liquid nitrogen or carbon-snow is another effective method of treating planter wart. Planter warts can also be treated by curettage combined with electro-cautery.
Treatment may include:
- Wart medications and patches are available at drugstores. To treat plantar warts, you'll need a 40 percent salicylic acid solution or patch
- Topical application of dilute glutaraldehyde is an older effective wart treatment.
- The Co2 laser is the most effective method for treating warts, but it is also the most expensive method.
- Cryosurgery with liquid nitrogen, is a common treatment that works by producing a blister under the wart. It is painful but usually nonscarring.