Planters warts are warts on bottom of feet, also known as plantar warts. It refers to an infection that normally affects the sole of the foot. They are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), which also causes other forms of warts. This virus is common in public swimming pools and showers. Its ability to survive for a fairly long time without a host makes it very contagious. It can get into the skin through either direct contact, or cuts and abrasions that may be on the outer layer of the skin.
This infection is easily recognizable since the warts form some skin striations and are usually painful. The planters wart pictures show how these type of warts typically look. They may also develop into clusters that are normally referred to as mosaic warts, which will make you look like you have been practicing your art class on your foot – pun intended. This infection mostly occurs at the ball or the heel of the foot. The funny thing about planters warts is that, though it is easy to feel them while walking, they are almost invisible, especially in the first few weeks. For some people, they can remain unseen for months. Another thing that distinguishes these warts from the others is that, it is usually pushed inwards and they can be covered by a hard skin layer or a callous tissue.
Although this infection does not spread very much due to the self-limiting nature of the virus, it is advisable to seek treatment from a qualified healthcare professional. Some people tend to ignore it since the warts come and go depending on the strength of the immune system. Others try to remove them on their own. This is not good since a small growth on the foot can be something else such as a tumour or a clogged sweat glad.
There are several treatment options for planters warts. Planters fasciitis treatment is related to sports injuries treatment, and is different to what is being discussed in this article. The first treatment that you can implement on your own at home is applying a plaster or a gel both of which are available in local stores. However, this method is not very effective and the warts may recur when the latent virus close to the healthy skin is activated. Fortunately, there are some effective treatment methods that have been found to work.
The first one involves the use of keratolytic chemicals such as salicylic acid and trichloroacetic acid. Applying salicylic acid is the most common treatment method that is used to treat this infection. By applying the acid daily for 12 weeks, you can completely clear the warts from your feet. Salicylic acid is available over-the-counter in various drug stores.
Another very effective wart treatment is surgery. Laser surgery is specifically used to clear the warts without leaving scars on the affected foot. Immunotherapy is a relatively new method that is being used to deal with this problem. It involves the injection of antigens such as trichophytin, candida or mumps in order to trigger an immune response to the wart. Chemotherapy is an older, but very effective treatment for wart infection. It involves the application of chemicals such as glutaraldehyde and 5-fluoro-uracil.
Application of liquid nitrogen or cryotherapy is also effective. The last known effective method of treating planters warts is the application of retinoids such as adapalene cream, tretinoin and isotretinoin. These chemical compounds can clear a wart infection within 8 weeks. If you are currently suffering from this problem, you need to consult a physician who can recommend an appropriate treatment option. As with genital warts, it is very important to get rid of planters warts as they are very infectious.