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How Did I Get These Plantar Warts?

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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?

  • Cryotherapy
  • Salicylic Acid
  • Duct Tape
  • Cauterize
  • 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!

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