It’s a Wart! (Body Fact #12)


All of a sudden you notice this thing between your fingers. Ugh! It’s a wart! How did that happen? Is it going to spread? How do I get rid of it?

Warts are skin infections caused by viruses passed from one person to another by contact. And, no, you don’t get a wart from touching a frog or toad. Warts are small hard bumps that are often grayish-brown in color. They usually have a rough surface that looks like the head of a cauliflower with black dots inside. If you pick at a wart, it can spread to other parts of your body.

Most warts go away by themselves in 2-3 years. If you can't wait that long try using one of the wart-removal medications available at the drugstore. You might even try putting duct tape on your wart. Believe it or not, duct tape works for a lot of people. And if none of that works, your family doctor can get rid of a pesky wart by burning or freezing it off.

That takes care of most warts, but what if you have one on the bottom of your foot? Since you asked, warts on the bottom of your feet are called plantar warts. A plantar wart makes you feel like you have a stone in your shoe all the time. It really hurts when you walk!

Just like warts on your hands, plantar warts are skin infections caused by viruses passed from one person to another. A very common place to catch a plantar wart is in a public shower or locker room. When you're in one of those places, wear sandals or flip-flops instead of going barefoot.

It's a good idea to remove a plantar wart as soon as possible. They're more difficult to get rid of than a wart on your hand, though. But just like other warts, a popular way to treat plantar warts is to use duct tape on them. If that doesn't work fast enough for you, see your family doctor or a podiatrist. They'll have several ways to help you get rid of that plantar wart, including prescription medications and laser treatments.

So there you go! Just remember, almost everyone gets a wart sooner or later. It’s not a big deal as long as you take care of it before it spreads.
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