Warts and Plantar Warts Treatment

Some warts are not painful as others, thus they do not need to be treated. Most will go away within months, while others might take years. The warts go away because with time your immune system learns how to destroy the human papillomavirus. This is the culprit that causes warts.

Most of us live normal lives with warts if they do not cause any problem to our day to day living.

You have probably taken the decision to treat your wart because it is:
  • Getting bigger with time
  • Spreading to other parts of your body (warts are contagious and spread easily)
  • Embarrassing and easily visible
  • Causes pain
  • Easily irritated
The reason of wart treatment is to completely get rid of the wart without leaving scar tissue, this process can be more painful than the wart itself. The best way to treat a wart will depend on the type of wart, where it is located on the body and the symptoms attached to it. The result will depend a lot on your willingness to follow a course of treatment till the end (some can last for weeks, even months).

Be aware that wart treatments are not always successful. In some cases wart can return or even spread to other parts of the body even after a wart has been treated and completely disappeared. This sad news is because most treatments only get rid of the wart and don't kill the human papillomavirus that is responsible for the warts.

Treating Your Wart At Home

Warts doesn't need to be treated unless they are painful or unsightly or any other reason that might make you uncomfortable. Some of the widely known wart treatment at home are:
  • Salicylic acid - Applied to the skin, it'll work by breaking down the thick top layer of the skin and also increases the amount of moisture in the skin. It will cause the wart to gradually peel off. This wart treatment is not recommended for warts with hair growing on them or genital/anal warts.

  • Duct tape - Called tape occlusion. This is an inexpensive method of wart removal. You just need to cover the wart with tape. Leave the tape on the wart for 6 days, if it falls off replace it. After 6 days, remove the tape and soak in warm water. Gently rub the wart with pumice stone. Let free for a day, then put a tape back. Repeat this process till the wart is gone. Do not use this method for more than 2 months.

As stated above, treatment is usually not necessary for warts as they often go away with time. If yours is lasting for more time than it should after trying various wart treatments, you may want to check this treatment that guarantees you a wart free life within 3 days

Before Treating Your Wart

Many people don't know how to distinguish between plantar wart and callus, this is important before choosing the best treatment for you. Wart treatment used to treat callus can be very painful and sometime create scar tissue.

Plantar warts are the most complicated type of warts to treat since they lie under the skin. If you are getting your wart treated by a doctor, he may need to pare the skin over to allow the medicine to reach the wart.

Before getting your wart treated, you might want to think about:

  • The possibility for scarring - Scarring from wart treatment may be permanent and sometimes are as painful as the wart if not more. Make sure you know what type of wart you have before getting it treated. The treatments less likely to leave scars are the natural ones, chemicals are definitely more aggressive to the skin.
  • Cost of the treatment - Home treatments are as effective as a doctor's treatment and usually cost less. Home wart treatments can take longer but are less prone to leaving scars. 
  • Your tolerance of pain - Chemicals definitely acts faster than natural methods but are you ready to go through the pain?
  • Your risk of infection - If you have some conditions that may cause infection (diabetes or peripheral arterial disease), you will need to take more precautions so as not to make your wart worse.
  • Time of the treatment - Various treatments are available for warts, your choice will depend on the analysis of all of the above. But know that natural treatments are the best in the long run as there is a low probability of scarring. Surgical treatments on the other can be costly and very often leave scars if not treated well.
If you are in a hurry to get rid of your wart, you can try this method, and it involves nothing surgical.