Warts (Plantar warts)
Warts are common and treatable
Nearly every one of us has had a wart at some time in our lives. Many of us pick them up as children at swimming pools or in communal areas. They spread through families, particularly because many of us are barefoot around the house and use the same shower. Many warts spontaneously disappear within 2 years but many also go on to be a persistent problem and can even spread to other areas of the foot and body. This is why it’s important to see a podiatrist.
Why are warts so stubborn?
The wart virus is able to live outside of our bodies on pool floors etc. It lives inside the skin cell and is clever enough to draw up its own nutrient supply through our blood vessels. This is why you can see small black specs in warts, these are the ends of capillaries. The virus invades our cell so to get rid of it….you need to kill the cell too.
Warts are particularly stubborn in the very young, elderly or those with compromised immune systems.
There are many effective treatment options available
There are many different types of warts that present differently. Some are cauliflower like, some are flat but very large with island warts surrounding it. Each wart responds differently.
We tailor a treatment plan to suit your lifestyle, activity and pain tolerance. For example children are not very fond of liquid nitrogen and we want to make sure you have a pleasurable visit so that subsequent visits are a happy experience.
At Bellevue podiatry we use the following treatments:
- Salicylic acid (60%)
- Duct tape
- Silver nitrate
- Cantherone plus
- Liquid nitrogen
So if you have a wart, we have a treatment to effectively get rid of them.
Useful tips for treatment at home:
- Do not use corn pads to remove warts, they can cause damage to healthy skin
- If you have a wart avoid swimming pools or wear thongs where possible
- Avoid picking at the wart to prevent the wart spreading to other areas of the body