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I have a plantar wart how can I tell if its healing . .?

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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Johnnie Alston
Dr. Johnnie Alston
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1 doctor agrees

In brief: When it disappears

If you are unsure check with your family doctor.

In brief: When it disappears

If you are unsure check with your family doctor.
Dr. Alan Ettinger
Dr. Alan Ettinger
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Dr. Lawrence Judy
Internal Medicine
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In brief: It goes away

If it is a wart, and not thickened skin as a result of trauma or constant pressure, it results from a viral infection.
The outer layer of the skin doesn't have great blood supply so the body's immune system often doesn't address this viral intruder. Treatments can help, but clearing warts from any part of the body is often not successful.

In brief: It goes away

If it is a wart, and not thickened skin as a result of trauma or constant pressure, it results from a viral infection.
The outer layer of the skin doesn't have great blood supply so the body's immune system often doesn't address this viral intruder. Treatments can help, but clearing warts from any part of the body is often not successful.
Dr. Lawrence Judy
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Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry

In brief: If it is getting

Smaller, that is an indication it is healing.

In brief: If it is getting

Smaller, that is an indication it is healing.
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
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Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry

In brief: See your doctor.

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. Sometimes they go away on their own, but most often it's easier and faster to have a doctor's help.

In brief: See your doctor.

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. Sometimes they go away on their own, but most often it's easier and faster to have a doctor's help.
Dr. Libby Putnam
Dr. Libby Putnam
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