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Plantar Warts Treatment

Plantar Warts Treatment
Plantar warts
Causes and Risk Factors

Plantar wart treatment
Plantar warts don't usually require treatment, but you may want to treat them if they're painful or to prevent their spread. Wart treatment depends upon the wart's location, its size, an individual's previous response to wart treatment, availability and cost of treatment, patient preference, side effects, and the time available to complete treatment. The ultimate goal of the therapy is to get your body to recognize the wart as a foreign virus and to destroy it. Doctors generally start with the least painful, least destructive methods, and then progress to more aggressive treatments for warts. Treatment will generally be continued until the warts disappear. 

Alternative therapy

Distance healing - Distant healing is a conscious, dedicated act of mental activity that attempts to help another person from a distance.

Heating - The application of 122ºF heat from a heat pad for 30 seconds can lead to wart regression.

Hypnosis - Hypnosis is a widely recognized treatment for warts. Twice weekly hypnosis sessions may result in wart disappearance.

Home treatment
Home treatment is often effective in curing plantar warts. Salicylic acid, water treatment or even duct tape may resolve plantar warts. However, if you experience stubborn plantar warts and home treatment isn't helping, your doctor may suggest another treatment approach. DO NOT attempt to remove a wart yourself by burning, cutting, tearing, picking, or any other method.

Duct tape - "Duct tape therapy" consists of covering warts in duct tape for six days, soaking warts in water, and gently rubbing warts with an emery board or pumice stone. When repeated, warts can go away.

Hyperthermic treatment - Soaking the affected foot in hot water for 90 minutes each day requires patience but can produce results within months.

Topical treatments - Topical application of garlic cloves or garlic extract cut in half and rubbed onto warts can clear warts within weeks. Herbalists have sometimes recommended the use of greater celandine (Chelidonium majus) for the topical treatment of warts. The milky juice from the fresh plant is typically applied to the wart once daily and allowed to dry. You can also apply the liquid from a capsule of vitamin A to the wart daily, which may eradicate it within one to nine months.  Finally, topical solution that contain propolis can be applied to the hands and feet with good results. Propolis is product made by bees and contains pollen (those allergic to pollen mustn’t consume it) and has anti-inflammatory, antiviral effects and that help strengthen the immune system.

This type of treatment therapy aims to use the body’s natural rejection system to remove warts. Doctors can inject warts with interferon, a medication that boosts the immune system's instinct to reject warts. Or your doctor may inject warts with a foreign substance (an antigen such as the mumps) to stimulate the immune system. As a result, the antigen sets off an immune reaction that may fight off warts.


Many over-the-counter medications applied to the wart every day for several weeks can help remove warts. Stronger prescription medications may be required for removal of persistent warts. Before applying medicines to warts, file the wart down when it is damp. Do not use any medications to treat warts located on the face or genitals.

Bleomycin In severe cases of warts, bleomycin can kill the HPV virus when inject directly into the skin but can be painful and are not used if you have circulation problems or are pregnant or breast feeding.

Cantharidin - This extract is taken from the blister and is typically paired with salicylic acid, applied to the plantar wart and covered with a bandage. The application is painless, but the resulting skin blister can be uncomfortable. Doctors then cut away the dead wart a week later.

Imiquimod - This prescription cream is an immunotherapy medication applied directly to wart that encourages the body to release immune system proteins to help discourage warts.

Over-the-counter medications - These preparations usually contain salicylic and acetic acids, are relatively inexpensive and painless to use, but are generally less effective than office treatments.

Plantar warts cushions - Special cushions or pads can help relieve any pressure and pain from the warts.

To reduce risk of developing plantar warts:

  • avoid direct contact with warts, even yourown warts
  • change your shoes and socks daily
  • don't go barefoot in public areas
  • don't pick at warts, whichmay spread the virus.
  • use a different file, pumice stone or nail clipperfor warts
  • keep your feet clean and dry
  • wear shoes or sandals in public pools and locker rooms
  • wash your hands carefully after touching warts

If the wart or warts are resistant to other types of treatment, your doctor may recommend one of the following procedures to remove it:

Cryotherapy The most common cure for wart removal involves freezing a wart with sodium nitride or liquid nitrogen to kill the virus that causes the wart. Then, the wart itself will fall off in a few days. Your doctor can apply liquid nitrogen with a spray canister or cotton-tipped applicator. This type of treatment isn't too painful and is often effective, although you may need repeated treatments.

Debridement During this procedure, doctors can cut off a wart from the foot while you're under anesthesia. However, warts may regrow in the resulting scar tissue and worsen foot pain.

Laser surgery - Doctors can use several types of lasers to eliminate stubborn warts and kill the virus that causes them. Laser surgery is expensive and painful and may require multiple sessions, so isn't widely used to treat plantar warts.

Minor surgery Minor surgery involves cutting away the wart or destroying the wart by using an electric needle in a process called electrodesiccation and curettage. This treatment is effective, but may leave a scar if not done carefully. Your doctor will anesthetize your skin before this procedure

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