Spring sports are kicking into high gear, which means kids everywhere are frequenting team locker rooms and showers. Of course, just as important as making sure your children have the right equipment, is making sure they don’t leave that locker room with !
Caused by the human papillomavirus, or HPV, warts are extremely contagious and can be passed not only from kid to kid, but also from surface to surface. In other words, if Johnny has a wart on his foot and walks shoeless across the locker room floor, odds are pretty good a barefoot teammate who follows behind could very well discover a wart on his own foot. Before you know it, the whole team will be sporting unsightly bumps on the bottom of their feet which could end up causing pain when wearing cleats! Before warts wipe out the entire roster, follow these tips to help young athletes stay wart-free:
- Avoid contact with anyone who has a wart
- Keep feet as clean and dry as possible
- ALWAYS wear shower shoes in the locker room
- NEVER share footwear, socks, or towels with teammates
If a wart does appear, don’t touch it or anyone else (cover it with a bandage instead)! Over the counter remedies are available, but typically aren’t very effective and take a long time if they ever do achieve results. We can provide stronger medication or other, quicker treatment options including freezing the wart off (cryotherapy) or surgically removing it.
‘Tis the season for warts to spread, so be a good sport and take these precautions! For more information or to make an appointment, call our team in Carmichael, CA at (916) 961-3434. We’re the champs at defeating warts!