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Warts are small, greyish, bumpy growths that form on the surface of the skin and usually measure a few millimetres in diameter. They are caused by a virus of the human papillomavirus (HPV) family and are very contagious.
Unlike common warts, which affect the fingers, hands, face and back, plantar warts develop on the soles of the feet and are flat and hard since they grow inward due to the pressure created by walking. They can sometimes be painful.
The virus thrives and spreads more easily in humid environments (e.g. around pools, public showers, beaches, gyms).
To avoid developing or spreading warts, follow these preventive measures.
While many warts will eventually disappear on their own, you can consult a doctor or dermatologist to have them treated. This can help you avoid spreading them to other family members. There are also several over-the-counter wart removal products available; most are formulated with salicylic acid.
There are also secondary treatments, such as liquid nitrogen, available without a prescription. Over-the-counter foot products are safe and effective when used as directed. However, they may not be suitable for some people, including those with diabetes. Before using this type of product for the first time, talk to your family pharmacist. He or she can give you advice on their use, precautions and contraindications.
It is best to see a health professional in the following cases:
Laser removal, electrocoagulation and surgery are other treatment options that may be recommended to you.
Do you have questions on plantar warts and over-the-counter treatment options? Speak with your family pharmacist for answers!
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