Tips to Avoid Plantar Warts
Summer is a time for fun in the sun, but it can also be a time for pesky plantar warts. If you are planning on spending any time near water this season, it’s important to know the causes of foot warts and how to prevent them. In this blog post, we will discuss the causes of foot warts, how to treat them, and how to prevent them from spreading. We’ll also provide some tips on keeping your feet healthy and wart-free all summer long!
Foot warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), which is a group of more than 150 viruses that can infect the skin. HPV is spread through direct contact with an infected person or object, and it can also be spread through contact with contaminated surfaces, such as towels, floors, or shoes. The HPV virus enters the body through cuts or breaks in the skin on the bottom of the feet. People who have weakened immune systems are more susceptible to contracting foot warts.
The most common type of foot wart is called a plantar wart, which typically occurs on the soles of the feet. This condition is very common among kids and teens. Plantar warts are often mistaken for corns or calluses, but they can be distinguished by their small, black dots, which are actually tiny blood vessels. Plantar warts are often painful when pressure is applied to them, and they can make it difficult to walk or stand for long periods of time.
Treatment for plantar warts often requires light scraping and then an application of medication. Don’t worry, it doesn’t hurt! Depending on the size and quantity of the warts, they should be gone after 3-4 treatments. If you have a cluster of warts or they are large in size, we might have to use our laser on them. The laser is not painful and is very effective in treating warts. Check out this YouTube video to see how we treat warts in the office.
After treatment, it’s important to take steps to prevent the virus from spreading. Some things you can do to reduce your risk of infection include:
– Washing your hands regularly and avoiding touching your face.
– Avoiding direct contact with warts.
– Avoid sharing towels, shoes, or other personal items with someone who has a wart.
– Wearing flip flops or sandals in public showers, locker rooms, and pool areas.
Keeping your feet dry will also help prevent warts. Warts love a moist environment, so if you have sweaty feet, you are a prime candidate for warts. However, there are steps that you can take to help keep your dry. You can wear moisture wicking socks or you can use Mod Pod Fresh. Mod Pod Fresh is a deodorizing foot spray that soothes and instantly neutralizes foot odor to keep your feet fresh and dry all day.
By following these simple tips, you can help keep yourself and your family safe from foot warts this summer!
If you think you might have a foot wart, it’s important to call us at 859-264-1141 or schedule an appointment online for treatment. Without treatment, these little warts will grow and keep growing, sometimes up to one inch in diameter. They can also spread and multiply into a cluster of warts by scratching, touching, and bleeding. So, hands off! The bigger they get, the more uncomfortable or even painful they can become.