Plantar Warts are non cancerous skin growths that affect the sole of the feet. They are caused by the virus human papillomavirus (HPV) which enter your skin through tiny cuts on the skin.
Plantar warts may be painful and very ugly and develop beneath the pressure points in your feet such as the heels or balls of your feet.
Plantar warts are non cancerous so they are not harmful but you may seek treatment if they make you feel uncomfortable or if they are painful.
Treatment can be done through use of salicylic acid which is available from drug stores. Apply daily to the affected areas.
You can also use home remedies like placing doughnut shaped piece of moleskin around the wart, this is available from the local stores.
You can also use an abrasive material to do a simple non traumatic removal of the skin. This should be done after the sole of the feet has been soaked in water for about 20 minutes to soften the wart.
Minor surgery. This involves cutting away the wart or destroying the wart by using an electric needle in a process called electrodessication and curettage. Your doctor will anesthetize your skin before this procedure. This treatment is avoided if possible with plantar warts because of the risk of scarring.
Laser treatment. A type of laser treatment called pulse dye laser treatment burns closed (cauterizes) tiny blood vessels. The infected tissue eventually dies, and the wart falls off. This treatment can cause pain and scarring.
Freezing (cryotherapy). Your doctor can apply liquid nitrogen with a spray canister or cotton-tipped applicator to freeze and destroy your wart. The chemical causes a blister to form around your wart, and the dead tissue sloughs off within a week or so. The application itself can be painful, and cryotherapy can result in painful or tender blisters that resolve on their own.
Immunotherapy. This therapy attempts to harness your body’s immune system to remove tough-to-treat warts. This can be accomplished in a couple of ways. Your doctor may inject your warts with interferon, a medication that boosts your immune system’s instinct to reject warts. Or your doctor may inject your warts with a foreign substance (antigen) that stimulates your immune system. Doctors often use mump antigens, because many people are immunized against mumps. As a result, the antigen sets off an immune reaction that may fight off warts. Interferon treatment may result in flu-like symptoms for a few hours after treatment. Both treatments may cause pain.
With each of these treatments, your doctor will provide instructions about how to cover a wart or wound, remove dead tissue between appointments, clean the site, and change a dressing if needed.
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Warts are a highly infectious disease caused by some type of human papillomavirus (HPV). Its spread through skin to skin contacts with an infected partner. Warts are the most easily recognized symptom of genital HPV infection, where types 6 and 11 are responsible for 90% of genital warts cases. While those infected by genital HPV are a small percentage, those infected can still transmit the virus.
Warts appear as bumps or growths. They can be flat or raised, single or many, small or large. They tend to be whitish or flesh colored. They are not always easy to see with the naked eye, and many times a person with genital warts doesn’t know that they’re there.
How do you treat warts?
There is no HPV treatment or cure for the virus. There is also no cure for warts. However, warts can be treated, either at home or your doctor’s office. Your doctor will do an examination, make a diagnosis, and then provide treatment, if necessary. A number of different treatments might be used depending on where the warts are located, how big they are, and how many there are. The doctor might put special medications on the warts.
For medication purposes, you can ask your doctor to prescribe either podofilox (Condylox) or imiquimod (Aldara). Both of these topical medications you can apply yourself at home. These medications should not be used if you are pregnant; it is not recommended that you use either podophyllin or podofilox as both can be absorbed by your skin and possibly cause birth defects in your child. Additionally, Aldara is designed to be used only on external warts.
The doctor can also prescribe electrodessication: This technique uses an electric current to destroy the warts. It can be done in the office with local anesthesia. Of note, the resulting smoke plume may be infectious.
Laser treatment is also used for extensive or recurrent warts. It may require local, regional, or general anesthesia. The laser physically destroys the HPV-induced lesion. Disadvantages include high cost, increased healing time, scarring, and potentially infectious viral particles in the air caused by the laser plume.
Cryotherapy treatment technique freezes the wart using liquid nitrogen or a “cryoprobe.” It is an excellent first-line treatment because response rates are high with few side effects.
Finally take home care precautions to prevent trauma in the area which can result in bleeding. Be careful to prevent transmission to a sexual partner which can result to genital warts. Also avoid touching them because they are highly infectious.
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A warts is usually a small, rough growth, typically on a human’s hands or feet but often other locations, which can resemble a solid blister. They are caused by a viral infection, specifically by one of the many types of human papillomavirus (HPV). There are as many as 10 varieties of warts; the most common considered being mostly harmless. It is possible to get warts from others; they are contagious and usually enter the body in an area of broken skin. They naturally disappear after a few months but can last for years and can recur.
There are many methods of treating warts, one of them, being freezing the warts with very cold substance normally liquid nitrogen. The whole process is known as Cryotherapy. Cryotherapy is a standard treatment for warts and can be done in a doctor’s office. The liquid nitrogen application usually takes less than a minute.
Your doctor may pare the skin over a warts before applying liquid nitrogen. Cryotherapy is painful. A numbing local anesthetic is usually not necessary but may be used in some cases. Your doctor applies the liquid nitrogen to the warts using a probe or a cotton swab. Liquid nitrogen can also be sprayed directly on the warts.
How does Cryotherapy work?
If you can damage and kill these blood vessels by freezing them, the warts will die. Eventually it will fall off. Liquid nitrogen is cold enough to bring about this localized freezing. We want to restrict the tissue damage to the smallest possible area. The warts will be raised slightly, redden, and you may feel a slight burning sensation and a blister will develop a few hours after freezing the warts. Make sure not to break the blister, the exposed tissue is likely you be infected and causes the warts to grow back.
There is a chance that some infection might occur during the process. Some signs of infection include increased pain, swelling, redness, tenderness, or heat, Red streaks extending from the area, Discharge of pus and high fever.
Cryotherapy can be painful and expensive but usually does not scar. It’s most painful where the skin is thicker e.g. palms and soles. Pain from cryotherapy can last up to 3 days. Healing is generally quick (7 to 14 days) with little or no scarring. Take multiple treatments, especially for thick, larger warts.
Always seek the services of your dermatologist for this procedure because of the minor pain and discomfort involved.
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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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Wart is a condition which affects the skin, flat warts is a type of wart which affect mainly teenagers and children. For that reason flat wart is also called juvenile wart. Juvenile because it affects those who are not yet fully matured. They are really small – the size of a pinhead, and they have a flat top. Many of these warts may be in one place, as many as one hundred of them. The bear the same color as the skin of the patient. The most common regions for flat warts are the forehead and face, but they can also develop on the hands, arms and neck.
It is presumed that warts are caused by viruses. The specific causative agent for flat warts is the papilloma virus (HPV). Currently, more than 100 different strains of this virus have been identified. The virus is itself highly contagious. The virus is transmitted through personal contact, or by touching objects which have been infected by the virus. Generally the virus thrives in a warm and moist location, which is why they love the human skin and the mucosal surfaces.
For a one to tell if they have been infected by the virus leading up to flat warts can take a year. This is because the warts grow very slowly. It is also very difficult to tell the exact point of original infection. The warts lead to scratches, and in some cases they develop around the areas where there is frequent shaving such as men’s faces and women’s legs. These warts occur many in one place. Very rarely will a person have a flat wart all alone in one location. The warts themselves are not painful, but it may be painful if they are located in areas which are usually under constant pressure or areas where the warts are constantly bumped. They are benign, and the biggest problem of people with warts is the embarrassment that comes with having warts.
There are many ways of removing flat warts. The most recommended way will be to get a dermatologist diagnose the wart and perform cauterization procedure. Cauterization process is simply the removal of the warts using a heated instrument. Other ways of removing warts include the use of herbal remedies. The remedies are naturally occurring. The downside to the use of herbs is that they take a long time. The final method, which is also the least recommended, is to personally remove the warts without professional help.
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Verruca is a condition that is caused by the HPV or human papilloma virus and it is majorly found on the toe. Others call it the plantar warts or simply, warts. The biggest challenge about them is that they may not be easy to notice, but are evidently painful. Although they spread, it is not easy to get them unless you have contact with a person who is affected. In fact, they are normally considered to disappear on their own, even though there are medical treatment that is recommended. The treatment is generally administered to reduce pain that is associated with its symptoms.
How they are contracted
According to research over seven percent of Americans have at some point been infected by verruca, the skin infection that attacks the feet. Walking in moist surfaces barefoot, especially in the swimming pools, showers, and even during cold seasons, is known to be the main agent through which human papilloma virus gets their victims. Normally the virus is hardy and can spend months alive before it finds a host to cling on.
This is the reason why the virus is more contagious. For it to jump to another person, it is either through stepping in the shower used by someone infected or having direct skin contact with such individual. In case of skin contact, it gets in only through pieced areas or cuts. Even after infection, they will stay for long before manifesting. This is due to pressure on the foot sole pushing them inside the skin and later on causing painful sores or swelling
Diagnosis and signs
A person infected can notice this contagious skin condition on their feet through swelling with a dark sport on the centric part. Apart from the swelling, they are associated with pain which is quite uncomfortable. The infected area becomes hard on the edge and almost scaly. Generally verruca are not necessary painful, but the pressure exerted on them by the weight of the body against the feet is what contributes to pain. They may also be noticed through smoothening changing of the foot prints, turning smoother.
Treatments of verruca
It is fortunate that this viral disease can be treated. Most effective treatment is natural, where filing is done using a pumice stone or foot file. Naturally, they will disappear on their own and therefore the treatment is only meant for the purposes of dealing with pain. In case natural methods are not working for you, podiatrists should help.
What should always be remembered is that the best way to deal with them is prevention. Making sure that you avoid all possible conditions that can favor their presence is important.
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Warts is one of the most common skin conditions. They can affect practically anyone. Warts can come up on any sex or race. There is also no age limit to those that can be affected by warts. This is to tell you that you too stand a very good chance of having the skin condition. Warts are caused by a virus and this makes it more dangerous. It is therefore better to get rid of the skin condition on time before other complications arise as a result. This skin condition can come up on several parts of the body. It can come up on the anus, the genitals and even the face. There are so many treatment methods available for the removal of warts from the face. You can decide to get them treated at home or at the hospital. Both ways of wart treatment have been discovered to give the required quick healing.
Surgery can be used to treat this skin condition. This has to be carried out at the hospital under the direct supervision of a trained surgeon. This is one of the fastest methods for curing warts on the face or any other part of the body. After the surgery, some scars will be left on your skin, but the scars can be removed with the aid of lightening creams. The surgical procedure can be considerably expensive. Since your health insurance does not cover such a surgical operation, you will have to pay for it from your own purse. The amount you end up paying is determined by the number of warts you want to get removed from your body.
Freeze it up
In case you do not have the necessary funds to go through with the surgical removal of warts on your skin, you can always get rid of the skin condition using liquid nitrogen. Liquid nitrogen can be directly applied to the surface of the wart to help you get it frozen. Once frozen, there will be seizure of blood flow into the skin condition and this will cause it to die. This method of treating warts can be carried out at home and the liquid nitrogen can be obtained very easily over the counter in many drug stores around.
Try hydrogen peroxide
Hydrogen peroxide too can be helpful in treating face warts. You should dilute the hydrogen peroxide any way before you make use of it for removing your warts.
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Warts are not friendly on the skin in the least. It is a skin condition you would want to do away with at all cost. Wart is also a very stubborn skin condition in that it tends to reoccur at times after it had been treated. The fact that it is caused by a virus also aggravates its stubbornness. The skin condition needs to be removed on time from the skin before it gets bruised and infected, which may lead to other complications. The skin condition can also appear on the skin of both the old and the young. It can make the skin look very old and ugly. After treatment, some scars may be left on the skin and this will really disfigure the skin. But you can be sure that it is possible to find lasting solution to the warts that will never result into the formation of scars after treatment. The treatment methods mentioned below will also prevent the stubborn warts from reoccurring after treatment.
This is of the most reliable methods to deal with a stubborn wart. It is actually more reliable than any other hospital related method. After you must have finished with the treatment with salicylic acid, you can be sure that nothing like scars will be left on your skin and you can reclaim your fresh skin from warts.
Method of application
It is very easy to obtain salicylic acid over the counter. You can get it in the powered form or the tablet form. After this, brush the surface of the warts with emery board. This will quicken the rate at which the salicylic acid works on the skin condition. After this brushing, you can go ahead and apply the salicylic acid to the surface of the lesion on your skin. Allow the powder to soak into the lesion of the wart after application.
The warts will not disappear over night. It may take some time before you will start to notice any sign of healing. It may actually take weeks for the skin condition to be completely removed. You may have to repeat the application of the salicylic acid on daily basis and this will go a long way in quickening the rate at which the salicylic acid has effect on your warts. After salicylic acid had been applied on your skin, cover things up with bandaid to ensure the powder remains on the skin.
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Warts should never be played around with at all. It is one of the most dangerous kinds of skin conditions out there. The fact that the skin condition is caused by a virus makes it all the more dangerous. It should therefore be removed from your skin immediately you notice it. The skin condition can come up on just any part of the body. It is however not known to be painful in the least. If care is not taken however, the skin condition can lead to cancer.
When does it lead to cancer?
Warts can get easily bruised by clothing material if it comes up on hidden parts of the body like the trunk, the upper arm, the back, the genitals or the anus. It can also be bruised by jewelries if it comes up on the neck. When it gets bruised this way, it can lead to something more complicated. One of such complications includes cancer. It is therefore in your best interest never to allow the warts to stay for too long on the skin so as to prevent the possibility of the skin condition from getting bruised. You should therefore get rid of it as soon as possible.
What you can do
You should pay a visit to the hospital immediately you notice the warts on your skin. The doctor knows how to help you with this problem and you can be sure of freedom from it with the proper application of some drugs. In case the warts had become infected due to its bruised state, the infection can be treated along at the hospital. Drugs will help to kill the skin condition from within. You may not be making a wise decision if you decide to take any of the drugs for treating the warts on your own at home; since most of them are supposed to be used under strict professional guidance.
Some simple treatment methods can be done at home. It involves washing the surface of the skin condition. After washing, you can apply the simple treatment method for this skin condition. Make sure you cover the skin condition with a bandage so as to protect it from the contaminated environment that can lead to further infection. You need to carry out the washing consistently. You should not expect that the skin condition will disappear quickly. It may actually take a number of weeks of consistent treatment before you r skin can be free from it.
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Warts is a highly contagious skin condition. Since it was first noticed, lots of researches had been done to discover a way to get it removed. Are you having the skin condition already? You should not worry your head so much; as there are several things you can use to get rid of it. This skin condition can be found on any part of the body; it can even be found on the groins. It had never been known to have any link with cancer. It is a completely benign skin condition. You can then leave it on your skin without worrying about it leading to something bad. Warts can be gotten through skin to skin contact with an already infected person. There is no specific age or gender that is more predisposed to it. Originally, warts do not have any link with cancer.
It is true that the skin condition does not have any link with cancer, but things can actually get complicated if the warts catch on your clothing. The clothing can get it bruised and it may end up being infected. Infected warts can however be cancerous. This is one of the reasons you need to get rid of the skin condition on time. There are some very simple treatment methods that had been developed for the removal of the skin condition in 2012. Some of the simple ones you can carry out at home without any visit to a dermatologist will be highlighted below.
You can buy liquid nitrogen over the counter and apply it on the skin condition. The liquid nitrogen will get it frozen and get rid of it from your skin. After treatment with liquid nitrogen, some scars may be left. You can get rid of the scars using some simple topical creams. The topical creams will get the scar and spots bleached and return your skin to normal. The liquid nitrogen is very cheap to buy and it can work its magic on your warts in a matter of days.
Try Hydrogen peroxide
You can also use hydrogen peroxide to remove this skin condition from your skin. The process involves diluting the hydrogen peroxide to 30% concentration. Apply this diluted solution on the skin condition and you can be sure of healing in a matter of days or weeks; depending on how frequently you apply the solution to the warts.
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