No matter who you are, or what your background, one thing you share in common with everyone else is that you do not want to find a wart on your skin! These viral growths are unsightly, contagious, and can even cause pain and discomfort. So, naturally, you want to know how to prevent plantar warts from coming back. Let’s start with looking at why warts develop in the first place.
There are many myths and urban legends about warts. The truth of the matter is that they do not come from frogs or witches, but rather a very common virus known as the human papillomavirus (HPV). This virus often can be found in warm, damp environments and only needs a very tiny—microscopic, even!—opening to enter the body. A tiny scrape or cut can allow the virus in, which then results in the development of a wart.
The good news is that plantar warts are not actually dangerous and they go away in time. The bad news, though, is that they can cause pain and embarrassment while they’re around … and it might take a couple of years before they disappear. With that in mind, you likely want to know about preventing warts.
The starting point for wart prevention is protecting your feet. Since the virus often is found in warm, damp environments, make sure you wear clean sandals or shower shoes when you walk in gym locker rooms, showering areas, and indoor pool decks.
HPV is contagious, so avoid touching a wart with your bare skin, even if it’s your own wart! In the event you do touch one (and sometimes it happens by accident), wash the contaminated area as soon as possible with soap and warm, running water.
Another way to reduce your risk of getting a wart is to not share items with someone who has a wart, especially towels, shaving equipment, socks, and shoes. The virus can contaminate these items and then be transferred to you.
This provides a starting point for you to prevent a wart, but we can provide further information. Even better, our Massapequa, NY office provides professional treatment for wart removal. If you, or any of your loved ones, have a plantar wart (one found on the foot), schedule an appointment and we can take care of it for you. Call us today toll-free at (844) 899-8658 or contact us online right now!