What are Plantar Warts
Plantar warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), which attacks the soles of the feet and also can infect the hands. This virus is generally found in damp areas, such as public swimming pools, showers, and lockers. If someone with the virus on the bottom of their foot steps into your home with their shoes off, the virus can be transferred to your own home. In other words, you get the virus from someone else who has the virus and since the virus thrives in damp areas it can continue to thrive and grow in your home shower or pool. Plantar warts are particularly worrisome for people who share shoes and/or walk barefooted in public pools, showers, restrooms or locker rooms.
The warts themselves start out as flat spots that may or may not have a dark spot in the center. While they appear virtually flat, you may feel like there's a huge and often very painful lump on your foot when you walk.
How to Get Rid of Plantar Warts
Here are two tried and true home methods of getting rid of plantar warts. Both methods can be applied quickly and easily. With both methods the wart generally falls off in anywhere from about six days to a month.
* The first method is to wash and dry the foot and then cover it with a piece of duct tape. Leave the duct tape in place for six days. Remove the tape, scrape the loose portions of the wart with a wooden emery board, wash and dry the foot and then cover it with another piece of duct tape. To keep the virus from infecting another area of your foot or hands, wash your feet and hands, sterilize the bathtub and bathroom floor, and toss the emery board each time you dress the wart.
* The second method is very similar. First use the emery board to scratch the surface of the wart. (The good news is that if you have scratched the surface of the wart adequately the first time, you should not have to rescratch the wart each time you apply the paste.) This may sting a little bit but it is important to open the skin so that the treatment penetrates into the wart. Make a paste consisting of one teaspoon of castor oil and enough baking soda to create a thin paste that is not crumbly. Apply the paste to the wart. (This should also sting. If it doesn't, you have not adequately scratched the surface of the wart.) Allow the wart to absorb the paste for about one to two minutes. Dab a little bit more paste over the top of the wart and then cover it with a bandage or a piece of duct tape. Repeat this process three times daily, making a new paste each time. Using this method, many people experience success with removing their plantar warts within as little as six to thirty days.
What are Plantar Warts