Plantar Warts

April 30, 2012

Unlike all the other types of warts, plantar warts affect the feet. These warts develop on points where there is body pressure, such as the balls of the feet of the heels. The wart develops inside the skin, and the visible part of the wart only serves to conceal a much larger and painful part. The size of the wart is a major contributor to the pain experienced by people suffering from it. In fact one may experience painful cramps when walking, effectively turning a simple ordeal such as walking into a very painful one.

When one does not get proper medical attention, plantar warts may take years or months to heal. It is therefore very important to understand how to treat them as soon as they arise, and how to one can prevent their formation in the first place. The warts are caused by viruses. Knowing therefore how to prevent you from viruses is the first step towards keeping fine health, free of the warts. But for those who are already infected by the virus, there are ways to contain the spread of this virus – in your body, and from infecting your close associates. Most of all, remember that having warts is not a permanent condition and they can heal by themselves when left on their own.

Like any other type of warts, plantar warts affect the top layer of the skin. The virus causes a production of a thick callus growth, which may become soft when subjected to pressure. The viruses are destroyed by the human immune system with time, but you may opt for treatment when it is embarrassing, painful, irritating or growing and spreading to other parts of the body. The objective of treating wart is to remove or destroy the wart without necessarily creating a scar. The scars created are in fact more painful than the warts.

Plantar warts occur in persons of all ages, but are most common in children aged from 12 to 16 years. They are also very rare among the elderly people. Some of the risk factors which have been argued to contribute directly to the development of plantar include: skin trauma; the use of public hygiene facilities, public showers; and a weak immune system resulting from the use of particular medications or sickness. One should generally not be afraid of these warts, they are not dangerous and the body can deal with them in due time. You may visit your doctor for a proper diagnosis.

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