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Eliminate Plantar Warts when they Begin to Brew

When you’re making beer, the “wort” is a solution of malt, water, hops, and other flavoring that brewers bring to boil. After it cools, they add yeast and ferment the solution for weeks, which turns into a brew that you can drink! Although the word sounds the same as “wart,” they are not to be confused. Let’s keep the plantar warts at bay.

Problems are Brewing

foot wartPlantar warts are small growths that usually appear on the bottom of your feet when the skin comes in direct content with a virus. These bumps can develop slowly, and may start out small, but can get bigger and grow very deep into your skin. They can last for months and even years.

There are two types of these warts: solitary and mosaic. Solitary warts often grow in size and can cause other warts to form around it. Mosiac warts are more of a cluster of small warts that grow in one area. They can be harder to treat.

How the Problem Hops onto Your Skin

Children, the elderly, and adolescents are more at a risk for developing warts. This is because their immune system may be weaker and they are more susceptible to the strains of the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) that cause this skin condition.

Cool Down the Condition

When you first notice your wart, you may think about trying some home remedies—we’ve all heard of covering the wart with duct tape. However, most of these treatments don’t work. Also, it may be dangerous to your health to try home treatments, since these folk remedies have not been tested and are not proven methods of removing these pesky bumps. Sometimes, the warts may even go away on their own over time.

We think it is important to get rid of plantar warts right away, since they can spread. If you pick at your warts and don’t wash your hands, you can infect other areas of your body, like open cuts on your fingers. You might try over-the-counter remedies, but the fastest way to get rid of your problem is to visit the McDowell Podiatry Group. We can get rid of warts fast, which will most likely prevent them from spreading.

First, our doctors will take a look at your foot and diagnose the condition. Sometimes, warts can look somewhat like a callus because of the tough tissue they create. However, you can tell a wart apart from a blister because it has small tiny black dots on the surface. These are actually blood vessels that are supplying nutrients to the wart. It might hurt when you squeeze it and may also make walking painful.

We can use a variety of different methods to treat your problem, including cryotherapy or freezing, topical and oral prescriptions, and a small surgery. While you’re recovering, follow our directions for home treatment. Keep in mind that you may have to return to our office more than once to get rid of the problem.

Cheers to Prevention!

You can try to keep yourself from getting warts by wearing flip flops in public shower stalls, locker rooms, and swimming pools where the virus may be lurking. Keep your feet free from cuts and make sure to moisturize so they don’t crack from dryness.

If you try to treat your plantar warts at home, you might make the problem worse. Please let us clear up your problem as soon as it starts. Call our office in Carmichael, CA, at (916) 961-3434 to make an appointment. The McDowell Podiatry Group also posts more ways to take care of your feet on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest!