The wart can range in size from a tiny dot to the size of a nickel or larger and appear singly or in clusters. They can be quite easily confused with a callus or corn because the warts are covered with thick skin issue.
Cryotherapy is a common and easy way to treat plantar warts. Liquid nitrogen or some other extremely cold liquid is applied to the wart, causing it to freeze. It may fall off of its own accord, or may need to be removed with a lance.
Children between 12 and 16 are more likely to have this type of skin lesion, any gender or age group can suffer with them however. This lesion is viral, and can be transmitted to other people. Skin abrasions, walking barefoot, and a compromised immune system can leave the body prone to HPV infection.
The ability to remove a Plantar Wart yourself is not as complicated as you may initially think. Any local pharmacy or super store will have a wart removal kit. However these do contain freezing applicators they are sure not to contain any liquid Nitrogen. Most likely they contain Salicylic Acid and is much less painful.
When everything fails, there is the old yet extremely effective surgery. Surgical removal of plantar’s warts is possible, though highly contraindicated mostly because such surgeries leave in their wake bad scars which could be as painful as the warts were before the surgery.
Plantar warts can cause a variety of symptoms. They can be very small and somewhat grainy, or they can appear larger with a small type of pinprick in the middle, which is actually a clotted blood vessel, or a series of them. There can be pain when you walk and tiny bumps on the creases of your foot. Often you will get warts on both feet, not just one.
Freezing the actual wart is yet another medical remedy. This will cause the wart to gradually lift away from the main epidermis since the severe cold temperatures leads to a blister to develop underneath the wart. Nevertheless a number of applications might be needed, which will add to the pain you experience as well as the cost.
Electro-therapy is a method of literally burning the plantar wart away. Its effectiveness must be balanced against the fact that there can be some scarring. But, if you consider that this type of wart is not normally visible, you may not be concerned about any scarring issues.
Plantar warts are caused by HPV (human papillomavirus), a virus that lurks in warm, moist environments. HPV enters the body through cuts in the skin, where it forms noncancerous growths that are usually not a serious health concern, but are definitely troublesome and painful.