Plantar warts are tough growths which are found on the soles of the feet. Normal walking and standing can be extremely painful as the pressure forces them into the foot. They are harmless and will eventually go away, even without treatment, however in most cases they are too painful to ignore and other alternatives are sought. Plantar warts that grow together in a cluster are known as mosaic warts. What to look for:
Bumpy growths, shaped like a pyramid with a point on the surface or above it that are found on the soles of the feet.
Pain in the soles of the feet when standing or walking
Pinpoint bleeding from warts when they are scratched.
Plantar warts are caused by a virus that enters the skin through tiny cuts or abrasions on the sole of the foot. The warts usually do not appear for weeks or months after the initial exposure. They are contagious and are usually spread in public places such as communal showers, swimming pools and gyms.
To stop recurrences of the virus you should try to improve your diet. Foods high in vitamin A such as cold-water fish, garlic, eggs, onions and dark green and yellow vegetables such as broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots and squash will help sustain your immune system. Yogurt also helps. Taking supplements of vitamin A, E, potassium, Calcium, zinc, chloride, freeze-dried liver tablets and garlic are also beneficial.
Try use an over the counter topical medication that contains salicylic acid, which is best absorbed by the skin after a bath or shower. Protect the healthy skin around the warts by applying nail polish or Vaseline to the healthy area. Cut or scrape off some of the white material from the inside of a green banana peel, as it said to have more of the enzymes that help fight the wart causing virus. Apply a piece of the material to the wart before you go to bed and then cover it with first aid tape. Repeat nightly until the condition improves. Vitamin E oil applied twice daily or Vitamin A nightly (open a capsule of the vitamin), apply the oil to the wart and cover with a bandage. Continue this until the wart goes away.
Wear thongs or rubber swimming shoes whenever you visit a public swimming pool or use a communal shower, so as to protect yourself against exposure to the virus that causes plantar warts.
When to seek further professional advice
If the area becomes red, hot, painful, and tender after treatment
Alternative practitioners will try to enhance your immune system in order to stop re-occurrences of the wart virus as well as applying other substances directly onto the wart to remove it. An aromatherapeutic remedy is to combine 2 drops of essential lemon oil in 10 drops of cider vinegar and then apply this daily and cover during the day with an adhesive bandage, the wart should be left exposed during the night. This may help remove the plantar wart. A drop of tea tree oil can be put on the centre of the wart daily and then bandaged, the treatment must be continued until the wart goes away - it can take up to several weeks. You could also try to strengthen your immune system by massaging your legs with the essential oils of geranium, rosemary, or juniper or a blend of any two, using long strokes from ankles to thighs. There are various herbal remedies that are recommended for removing warts, however you should first protect the surrounding skin with petroleum jelly and then cover the treated wart with a clean bandage. This should be repeated daily until the warts are gone. Put a clove of raw garlic or a drop or two of garlic oil on the wart twice daily. Apply the juice from dandelion stems morning and evening. Apply a few drops of yellow cedar, it is available in either a oil or tincture form, to the wart twice daily.
There are a number of remedies both conventional and alternative. The decision of how you are going to treat the wart may depend on your ability to handle pain that certain treatments can inflict. Conventional treatments focus on removal, whereas alternative treatments focus on gradual remission. It is important that you never scrape or cut a wart yourself. Your doctor will probably give you several options in removing the wart - freezing, burning and surgical removal are the more aggressive options and are done for more severe conditions.
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