Warts on Feet

Warts on Feet

Warts are unsightly bumps that develop on the skin and it is not uncommon to develop warts on feet. But what are warts? And how can they be eliminated?

All about warts

Warts are normally small rough lumps which are found on the skin. They are caused by the human papillomavirus. Whilst warts can happen anywhere on the skin, they are most commonly found on the hands and feet. Warts on feet are most commonly a type of wart called plane warts and are generally called verrucas. They can vary from 1 mm to 1 cm in size. Very often, when found on the feet, warts can be very painful due to the pressure applied to the foot when walking.

What causes warts on feet?

The human papillomavirus is contagious through touch. In addition, the virus, and thus warts thrive in warm moist environments and warts on feet are therefore very easily spread, through contact, in communal changing rooms and showers where floors are damp and warm, plenty of people are walking in their bare feet and then putting on warm, sometimes sweaty, shoes.

Can warts on feet be treated?

Luckily, there are many treatments which can be used to remove warts on feet some which are more effective or quicker acting, than others. Over the counter medications which include salicylic acid can if applied daily to the wart, cause it to dissolved over a period of two or three months. Other over the counter medications act to freeze the wart and claim that after around ten treatments, the wart should be eliminated. GP’s can also treat warts by freezing using more specialized equipment, this can sometimes be more successful that over the counter freezing compounds. GPs can also pare down, or scrape away the wart or verruca so that over time, it is eventually removed.

Prevention is better than cure

As with many things in life, when it comes to warts on feet, it is by far and away easier to avoid catching them than it is to remove them once they are there. To avoid catching them, wearing flip flops in changing rooms or swim socks when at the swimming pool can reduce the likelihood of them occurring. Similarly, towels should not be shared.

Although not a serious condition, warts on feet can be unsightly and uncomfortable. Preventing them can be simple, but if caught, through patience, they can be removed.

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