Plantar Wart Removal
What is a Plantar Wart
Plantar Wart Removal products and treatments are generally sought by sufferers as Plantar Warts can be quite painful.
Plantar warts (or verruca plantaris to give them their scientific name) occur on the soles of the feet (Planta being Latin for Sole) or on the toes. A Plantar wart can also be referred to as a Verruca or Myrmecia. Like all other types of wart the Plantar Wart is caused by the human papillomavirus (or HPV for short).
Plantar Warts are considered to be ‘self limiting’. This could suggest that the condition will clear up of its own accord without any intervention. Plantar Wart Removal is usually recommended to reduce the discomfort that they cause . Removing the Plantar wart will also reduce the likelihood of passing the infection on to others.
How do I recognise a Plantar Wart?
Plantar Warts usually have the appearance of a very small cauliflower. They often have a small petechiae (a spot usually red or
purple) at the centre. Plantar Warts will often bleed if they are scratched. Because of their location Plantar Warts can cause considerable discomfort when you stand or walk. There are a number of Plantar Wart Removal treatments available and the majority prefer to have the wart treated rather that hope that it will simply disappear of its own accord.
How are Plantar Warts (Verrucas) spread?
The HPV virus that causes warts is spread by having contact with an infected host. This contact can be by direct skin contact or can also be by indirect contact.
In the case of Plantar Warts indirect contact is usually through wearing socks or shoes that have been worn by someone who has the virus. Using a towel that has been used by a sufferer is also a fairly common way in which the virus is spread.
Communal changing rooms and showers are also areas where the virus can be contacted easily. The virus tends to thrive in warm damp locations and areas surrounding swimming pools can be a particularly hazardous.
Plantar Wart Removal
Plantar Wart Removal is best achieved by using one of the Plantar Wart Removal products that are available over the counter. The majority of these preparations are very effective and most people find that they are able to eradicate the problem without the need to visit their doctor.
If you do find that you are unable to achieve a satisfactory result using one of the home remedies for wart removal you might then consider consulting a medical professional.
The treatments that a doctor might suggest are likely to be either freezing the wart with liquid nitrogen, Surgery, Laser surgery or electro surgery. Although some of these treatments have been found to be effective they are not guaranteed to destroy your warts completely. You may in fact find that you need to repeat the treatment several times before the wart disappears. These medical procedures for Plantar Wart Removal (and other forms of wart) can also leave the patient with some degree of scarring.
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