The word plantar comes from the Latin word “planta”, which means the sole of the foot. Warts that are seen from the sole of the foot or toes are called “plantar warts”. Plantar warts are caused by the Human Papillomavirus (HPV). The HPV types 1, 2, 4 and 63 are the main culprits for these warts.
The type of virus that causes plantar warts thrives on moist surfaces. A person who frequently goes to public swimming pools has a higher risk of being infected.
Plantar warts usually disappear on their own. But warts are known to come back after having it burned or frozen. There is still no known vaccine to serve as a protection from these warts. Wart problems may go on for weeks and even years for some people. These warts may be self-limiting but sometimes leaving it untreated, can cause pain.
Warts that have spread more and turned into a cluster are called Mosaic warts. If treating solitary warts can be frustrating, challenging and difficult, the treatment of mosaic warts are twice more frustrating, challenging and difficult.
Adding more salt to the injury is walking on moist surfaces. This can largely contribute to the spreading of more infection. Proper cleaning of the warts and having it covered can be helpful.
Warts die when it’s deprived of oxygen. That is why; the duct tape method is a popular, safe and inexpensive way of putting an end to warts.
People who have plantar warts have the options of having it treated by over-the-counter medications. Unfortunately, some over-the-counter medications have certain components that may trigger an allergy reaction. Salicylic acid, the major ingredient in most wart remover medications, may cause harmful effects especially for people with diabetes and AIDS. That is why; doctors advise precautions on choosing these kinds of treatment.
There are many online sites that offer valuable information on treating plantar warts by use of home and natural remedies. Less costly and generally safer compared to over-the-counter medications that may contain harmful chemicals. Thus, creating more problems for the person afflicted with plantar warts.
Among the natural home remedies being used as a way of treatment, apple cider vinegar seems to be on the top seat of popularity. Many have testified to the positive result of choosing apple cider vinegar. All it needs is a container big enough to put in the infected foot and soaking it in a gallon of apple cider vinegar for more than 15 minutes. Most of those who have positive testimonies on the efficacy of apple cider vinegar had usually done the treatment at night, preferably before going to bed.
Some afflicted though, choose to use a cotton ball soaked with apple cider vinegar, and taping that cotton ball over the affected area overnight. This method of treatment usually lasts from a few days to more than a week. But based on the positive testimonies, the use of apple cider vinegar completely removes the wart and it does not come back. Some even recommend in continuing this kind of natural treatment for a week, even if the wart is completely gone. Just to make sure that there will not be a welcome back mat for the warts.