Plantar warts are caused by an infection of the human papilloma virus (HPV). There are more than 100 types of HPV and each one can cause a different type of wart. This infection can be contracted by many different ways:
- Skin to skin contact
- Contact from contaminated objects such as swimming pools, showers, etc.
- Use of common objects such as towels and shoes
- Contact with HPV on cuts or scrapes
If everyone comes into contact with HPV then why doesn’t everyone develop warts?
- Each person's immune system responds to the HPV virus differently, so not everyone who comes in contact with HPV develops warts.
- Children are more likely to contract warts due to their immune system not having built up a strong immunity to HPV yet.
How can I prevent plantar warts?
- Be sure you wash your hands thoroughly and regularly.
- If you work out at a gym, make sure that you clean equipment before use with a clean towel.
- Protect yourself in a communal shower by wearing rubber flip-flops or sandals.
- Covering any warts that have already been contracted.
How do you treat plantars wart?
- Salicylic Acid
- Duct Tape
- Chemical Agents (Canthrone, Bleomycin)
- Surgical Resection
If you believe you have might have contracted a plantars wart, don’t hesitate to come in and get appropriate treatment. You don’t want to wait to long as plantar warts can be very contagious!