Warts are caused by HPV, or human papillomavirus, coming into contact with open cuts, then developing into an infection. While warts in most cases are not life-threatening, they can be extremely painful if left untreated. This is particularly the case of plantar warts, which are warts that only target the bottoms of your feet. Here are some helpful tips and tricks on how to prevent warts and how to treat them if you have them.
What are Common Warts?
Common warts can appear on any part of your body, but usually, appear on either the hands or feet, via hangnails or small cuts. The worst thing about warts is how highly contagious they are. Not only can they be spread from person to person, they can be spread from one part of your body to another. In order to prevent the spread of warts, you should consistently wash your hands and the affected area. You should also keep the affected area covered, at all times. If your feet are infected, wear socks around the house and shower socks when bathing.
What are Plantar Warts?
Plantar warts only affect the bottoms of your feet and are often flat, or grow inward, causing a lot of pain- especially for those who work on their feet. Most plantar warts are noncancerous and are not life threatening, however, for those with weakened immune systems, or those suffering from diabetes, plantar warts can cause health complications. In these cases, you should seek out a healthcare professional immediately.
How to Prevent?
Because warts are so contagious, it’s hard to prevent them. However, there are many preventative measures that you can take. For one, you can avoid being barefoot in public places such as pool showers and locker rooms. If you are going to be in these areas, you should invest in shower socks and portable shower mats. Keep your feet, toe nails and cuticles well moisturized and healthy. Make sure you treat all open cuts with antibiotic ointment to avoid infections and keep them covered, at all times, with either bandages or liquid skin.
Minor warts, that are not painful, simply go away on their own. However, if you are experiencing painful foot warts you need to consult a healthcare professional. Warts can be treated by depriving them of oxygen. Simply wrapping your infected area with bandages, or liquid skin, may prove to be an effective treatment. For those who seek out professional treatment for their warts, they can be frozen off with liquid nitrogen, burned off ( via laser), or you can be prescribed a topical treatment. All of these treatments are highly effective ways to prevent you from spreading warts to others or reinfecting yourself.
Now that you know the preventative measures to take, to safeguard yourself against warts, be sure to follow these steps to keep yourself from getting them. If you have any further questions about preventing or treating foot warts, contact Superior Foot and Ankle Care Center to schedule an appointment, today.