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Plantar Wart Cryotherapy
I received treatment, cryotherapy, to my plantar warts. One of my three warts became a blister and it's really painful! Can I soak my feet in epsom salt to alleviate the pain and reduce the swelling?
The epsom salt...just soak in hot (but not burning!!) water and call the Cryotherapist for exact advice ASAP!
Hope this helps!
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Warts are a virus: There are many different kinds of warts, there are over 2000 kinds of the wart virus. There are multiple treatments depending on location, size, how many warts are present etc. Treatments includes freezing, burning, surgical excision, topicals, laser, herbals. Suspicous lesions should have a biopsy. See a physician. ...Read more
Boney prominence: All plantar warts can be painful. It tends to hurt more on a weight bearing surface. The heels and ball of foot ie. Under the metatarsal heads. (the ball of your foot). Proper diagnosis is also important, it may look like a wart but can be something different. If there is any doubt see your doctor. ...Read more
How does it feel?: Depending on your age sometimes warts will go away on their own. If you have had the wart treated somehow then it should eventually peel off or shrink down. If it has not been treated, then it very likely will not go away on its own. There are over the counter treatment options you can try. If they do not work see a podiatrist and they should be able to present more effective treatment options. ...Read more
Warts are from HPV.: Plantar warts are caused by human papillomaviruses; however, the strains of wart virus that infect the feet are generally different from those that are sexually transmitted, and importantly, while the types that infect the cervix / vagina / penis / scrotum / anus may cause precancerous changes and even cancer, the strains that infect the feet generally do not predispose to malignancy. ...Read more
Yes: He could also refer you to a podiatrist who is a foot specialist. ...Read more
Wear socks or shoes: No reason to drop yoga! get your wart treated by podiatry to avoid further spread not to yoga-mates but to other parts of you and your foot. Because yoga requires good balance and stances, I would not recommend flip flops to class but rather vibram five fingers or other "barefoot" shoe (several brands available). ...Read more
Wart: You go and see your podiatrist who will make that diagnosis for you - that's how. ...Read more
Many things...: You can use the liquid nitrogen, liquid nitrous oxide (this is what I like to use), topical acids, dermal scraping. You can also try oral cimetadine (400 mg three times a day for 12-16 weeks). This is very safe and had the side effect of getting rid of warts for many people of adult size and weight (japma november 1, 1995 vol. 85 no. 11 717-718). Laser treatments, excisional surgery, etc., etc. ...Read more
Sterile setting: If all else fails (acid, shaving, freezing) doc sometimes has to resort to surgery. Usually done under an ankle block or local anesthesia. The abnormal area as well as some of the normal skin is excised and often closed with sutures. Since it is on the bottom of the foot no weight can be put on the area till the skin heals (7-21 days). Change insoles in shoes warts are a virus and can re infect! ...Read more
Several treatments.: You can try over the counter wart removers, but be careful: I've seen them do more harm than good. Other options your doctor might offer include cryotherapy (freezing the wart), electrocautery (burning the wart), laser treatment, or several different topical chemical treatments. If the treatment is typically uncomfortable, your doctor can numb the area before proceeding. ...Read more