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Diseases & Conditions

Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are growths on the skin that appear on the pressure-points of feet. The warts typically resemble hard pieces of grain and are most commonly found on the heel or ball of the foot. In some cases, pressure may cause a thick callus to develop and the wart will grow inward underneath.

Common Symptoms

The primary symptom of plantar warts is the presence of a grainy growth or a callus that has grown over a well-defined bump. Tiny black spots may appear as the result of blood vessel clotting. These pinpoint-sized marks are sometimes referred to as wart seeds. People suffering from plantar warts may experience pain in the affected area. The feet may be particularly tender when walking or standing for long periods of time.

Causes

Plantar warts occur when specific strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV) enters the outer layer of the skin on the feet through small cuts, cracks, or other weak spots. Reactions to HPV exposure vary from person to person and not everyone who is exposed will develop warts. Those who have previously had planter warts are more likely to contract them again.

Transmission

The strain of HPV that causes plantar warts is less contagious than other forms of the virus, making it less likely to spread through direct contact. Walking barefoot in warm, moist environments such as locker rooms and swimming areas increases the risk of contracting the condition. Entry points must be available in order for the virus to enter the body. Cracks, cuts, scrapes and fragile skin resulting from long-term exposure to water provide the weak-spots that are needed. Children, teenagers, and people with weakened immune symptoms are more likely to be affected by plantar warts.

Treatment

Plantar warts do not pose a serious health risk and the condition does not usually require medical intervention. Home treatments, available for purchase at our pharmacy, may be used for the relief of pain and discomfort associated with plantar warts. If treatments fail to work and pain persists, affected individuals may consider visiting a doctor to have the warts removed.

Medications to Treat Plantar Warts

Over-the-Counter Medications:

  • Compound W
  • FreeZone
  • WartOff

Compounded Medications:
We can make ointments, creams, lotions, gels, or solutions of the following:

  • Salicylic Acid
  • Cantharidin
  • Fluorouracil
  • Cimetidine
  • Deoxy-D-Glucose
  • Ibuprofen
  • Dinitorchlorobenzene
  • Diphenylcyclopropenone
  • Squaric Acid Dibutyl Ester
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