There are different methods for treating plantar warts - either by self-medication or by the intervention of a doctor.
However, it is not always necessary to treat plantar warts, they heal quite often in the space of 2 years alone ( spontaneous healing ). Especially in children, they often disappear after a few years, most often at the beginning of puberty.
If the warts are painful or spread, a treatment is however indicated. Plantar warts are often stubborn and sometimes require long-term treatment .Before treating any plantar wart yourself, make sure it is really a wart, consult a doctor
When to treat plantar warts yourself?
If you want to get rid of your plantar warts, you must first be certain of the diagnosis, which is not always easy. And at the slightest doubt, consult!
The opinion of a doctor is also essential:
- in children under 4,
- in case of weakened immune system,
- in case of healing disorders,
- in case of disorders of the blood circulation,
- in case of diabetes.
If you treat a plantar wart yourself, you can first treat it with non-prescription products available in pharmacies. If these treatments are not conclusive, the advice of a doctor is indicated. The general rule being: the smaller the wart, the more likely self-medication is to succeed.The self-medication of plantar warts is not recommended for people with diabetes: a person suffering from diabetes may have a compromised immune system, poor vascularization, sensitivity disorders, problems with scarring of the feet. For these reasons, the treatment of plantar warts must be done by a doctor.
The treatment of plantar warts at home
In pharmacy, you find different anti-warts treatments without prescription, for example:
- Treatments based on salicylic acid are most often available in the form of a dressing or solution to be applied to the plantar wart. Salicylic acid corrodes the callus so that it can be removed little by little.
As a general rule, liquid products containing salicylic acid are applied daily and over a period of several weeks (6 to 12 weeks). Dressings should be replaced regularly.
- Products based on monochloroacetic acid also detach callus.
- Cryotherapy products (cold treatment) freeze the plantar wart and its growths in depth, temperatures can drop to -57 ° C. The objective is to let the affected tissues die around the wart. After a few days, the plantar wart peels off the skin and falls off. Then appear new layers of healthy skin that have already been created below the wart.
Since plantar warts are often covered with calluses, it is advisable to remove the calluses before freezing the wart for the treatment to be effective. In the case of plantar warts, 3 to 4 sessions, performed at an interval of 2 weeks, may be necessary.
The cold treatment at home is comparable to that done at the doctor, except that the products available without prescription do not contain liquid nitrogen : during the cryotherapy at the doctor, the temperatures can go down to a level much lower (below -196 ° C).
Read also: Get rid of warts with propolisThe treatment of plantar warts is often long, over several weeks (depending on the method up to 12 weeks). Those affected must therefore be patient and resist the temptation to discontinue treatment too early.