Planters Wart are NO FUN - Are they contagious?
Plantar warts are small growths that usually appear on the heels or other weight-bearing areas of your feet. This pressure may also cause warts to grow inward.
Plantar warts are caused by an infection with HPV in the outer layer of skin on the soles of your feet. They develop when the virus enters your body through tiny cuts, breaks or other weak spots on the bottoms of your feet. Most people will have at least one common wart at sometime in their lives.
Are they Contagious?
Each person's immune system responds differently to HPV. Not everyone who comes in to contact with it develops warts. Even people in the same family react to the virus differently.
The HPV strains that cause plantar warts are not highly contagious. The virus isn't easily transmitted by direct contact from one person to another. But it thrives in warm, moist environments, therefore you may contract the virus by walking barefoot around swimming pools or locker rooms. If the virus spreads from the first site of infection, more warts may appear.
Is it a Planters Wart?
Anyone can develop plantar warts, but this type of wart is more likely to affect:
• Children and teenagers
• People with weakened immune systems
• People who have had plantar warts before
• People who walk barefoot where exposure to a wart-causing virus is common, such as locker rooms
Avoid spreading warts by:
• Not rubbing or scratching your wart
• Keeping the wart covered with a bandage, tape, etc.
• Washing your hands immediately after touching your wart
No matter how hard you try, you may get a wart at one time or another. But don’t worry, they can be removed safely.
If they are causing pain, Parkway Back and Foot Clinic offers planters wart removal.
Danielle Willis, Chiropodist at Parkway Back ad Foot Clinic can remove and help you care for your removed warts to prevent them from returning.
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