Plantar warts

Plantar warts are a common skin infection on both sides of a foot. It can be observed in all age groups but plantar warts are most frequent in children of age group from 12-16 years. The chances of warts are increased when a person uses a public shower and walks bare footed around after a workout. A wart is like a small, coarse lump, on hands and feet. Warts are common, and are caused by infection of a virus, specifically by the human papillomavirus (HPV) and are transmittable when in contact with the skin of another.

Sources of Plantar warts:
Plantar warts happen through HPV i.e. human papillomavirus. [1] The skin is directly contacted by virus. If the virus doesn’t get destroyed by the antivirus in the blood, it affects the inner skin.  The virus comes into the skin of the sufferer through the cracks on the external cover of the skin and then the virus grows in warm and damp environment on the skin.

Prevention:
Plantar warts can also be prevented by using certain steps in our daily life. Whenever using a public shower one should always wear sandals or sleepers so that the skin may not come in direct contact with any virus. By doing this we can clutch planter warts to a very large extent. Foot powders should be used and the patient must change the socks regularly so that the foot remains dry.

Treatment:

  • Freezing of wart is done by liquid nitrogen
  • surgery done by using laser can successfully treat plantar warts

The two types of treatments of plantar warts also have certain precautions which need to be applied when applying treatment. The area must be made insensitive with a painkilling prior to the procedure of laser surgery. Also some medicines like a solution of podofilox, topical podophyllum, and trichloracetic acid (TCA) are in use to cure the skin. Thus plantar warts are not that much terrible disease if it is tackled proficiently and systematically.

Reference:

  1. Cutaneous warts, ‘an evidence based approach’, 2005.

 

 

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