Plantar warts grow both on the toes and/or the bottoms of the feet. The human papillomavirus (HPV) causes them, but they are commonly harmless. Nevertheless, unlike most warts, they can altogether be painful and often cause trouble walking. Thankfully, getting rid of plantar warts is not very difficult.
Over-the-counter topical remedy cures for warts generally contain salicylic acid which is very effective in the clearing up of the excess keratin which causes the most discomfort from plantar warts. To help the medication work, you should bathe the affected area in warm water in the region of 5 minutes and use an emery board to file the wart down before applying it.
Duct tape occlusive therapy is one of the most effective options in getting rid of planters warts. Duct tape actually helps to treat warts in many ways. First of all, it keeps the area dry and clean which prevents the wart from getting bigger or distributing the way that it would if you wore socks or walked without footwear. Secondly, the tape aggravates the skin that it is applied to and brings about the immune system to react, essentially fighting the virus which caused the wart. The tape also prevents the virus from being transferred to another person. It is vital to use traditonal duct tape though, since the newer clear duct tape is not adequate when used for this reason.
In order to use duct tape to cure a plantar wart, you need to place some tape on the wart and leave it for 6 to seven days. You then remove the tape and dip the area for a few minutes. Use an emery board to remove any excess tissue. Replace the duct tape; do this again every six days. It generally takes many months for this to work.
Apple cider vinegar can also be applied in getting rid of plantar warts. First you dip the wart in the vinegar for about twenty minutes. As with the other options, you also use an emery board to remove the loose skin. Petroleum jelly should then be used to protect the skin in that area. Dip a cotton ball in the apple cider vinegar, and use it to cloak the wart; keeping it in place with a bandage. Repeat every few days until the wart clears up.
This home remedy is guaranteed to yield positive results in 3 days or your money back. Although any remedy usually needs months to work, you should start to experience some results within the first two weeks. If you do not enjoy any appeasement, or if there are signs of infection, you should straight away see a doctor.
Changes in color or appearance should be communicated to the medical practitioner as well. Self-remedy of warts is not advised upon for persons with diabetes, HIV or other diseases that affect the immune system.
Getting rid of plantar warts is a timeous process, so it takes some diligence. If home remedies do not appear to be effective, the physician may make use of cryotherapy (freezing the wart off) or another method to remove the warts.
After the warts are removed, it is necessary to keep them from appearing again by not walking without shoes, by keeping your feet clean and dry, and by not sharing socks or shoes with others.