If you’re considering home remedies for plantar warts, you’ll find answers to some common questions here. There is a lot you can do to get rid of this problem, so it’s good to get some answers first. Before we get into the home remedy options available to you, let’s look at a few truths about plantar warts first.
What is a Plantar Wart?
A plantar wart is an outgrowth of the upper skin layer on the soles of the feet. Another name for a plantar wart is a ‘veruca’. They can be brown or black in color and flat or bumpy. Sometimes they appear singly or in clusters. They can be very painful and irritating, especially when you are walking.
What Causes Them?
The cause of all warts–including plantar warts–is the HPV virus (Human Papilloma Virus). It enters the skin through small cuts and lesions when contact is made with someone or something that is already carrying the virus.
What Increase the Risks of Plantar Warts?
Plantar warts are really not picky when looking for a host – anyone can get them. However, those who have a weakened or compromised immune system may be more susceptible. Children also seem to be more vulnerable as they often get cuts and scrapes more often.
What Are Possible Problems and Complications of Plantar Warts?
Plantar warts can be extremely painful due to their location on the bottom of the foot. Their location makes it painful to walk or stand. Sometimes they can even bleed, especially if they are scratched, and this also makes them susceptible to spreading. Spreading occurs mainly in two ways: through direct contact skin-to-skin; or through contact with items which have been contaminated with the HP virus.
What Makes Them More Difficult to Treat?
The most difficult thing about plantar warts is probably their location. This makes them less accessible for treatment. Pressure is also constantly put on them; making it a slow healing process. Because they are harder to remove, there is a higher chance they can also grow back after removal. Why? Because a tiny bit of the virus may have been unknowingly left in-tact.
As the saying goes, prevention is better than cure, so the following do’s and don’ts can significantly lower your chances of getting plantar warts:
- DO cover any cuts, scrapes or bruises: Seeing as the virus needs to get into your skin, make sure that you cover any areas which are open as a result of some minor injury.
- DON’T go barefoot in public places: Due to the highly infectious nature of plantar warts, they can be easily spread in areas such as public swimming pools or even in the carpets or rugs in hotel rooms. So it is best to keep your shoes on when you are in public places.
- DO keep moisture off your feet: Damp or sweaty feet are the ideal environment for viruses to flourish. If your feet are prone to perspire, try using some medicated foot powder to keep them as dry as possible.
- DON’T continue to touch the plantar wart: The more you touch the wart, the more likely it is to spread, so cover it as much as possible to prevent other warts from developing.
- DO wear clean and dry socks/stockings: Make sure that you always put on clean, freshly laundered socks or stockings every day.
- DON’T share personal items: Now that you are aware of the contagious nature of plantar warts, you must be careful about sharing things like towels.
Home Remedies You Can Try
Now that you know the low-down home truths about plantar warts, let us look at a few of the home remedies that you can use:
First you need to soak your foot in warm water and then cover the wart with a piece of duct tape. Leave it on for six days before removing it and soaking your foot again in warm water. Keep repeating this cycle for about two months until the wart is gone.
Tea Tree Oil
The health benefits of tea tree oil are many and varied; including the treatment of plantar warts. Keep applying 100% pure tea tree oil onto your plantar wart every day and wait for it to disappear.
Apple Cider Vinegar
This is one of the most effective home remedy for plantar warts (as well as most other warts). First soak a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar and then apply it onto the wart before covering it. Reapply every day until your wart comes off or disappears.
Zinc is great for fighting the virus which causes the warts. Apply it as an ointment on the plantar wart.
Aloe Vera Gel
Generously apply aloe vera gel directly onto the plantar wart. Apply it a few times a day. Cover the wart with a clean bandage after applying the aloe vera. Have patience and continue until the wart dries up and disappears.
Alternative Over-the-Counter Treatments
Don’t get me wrong, home remedies are great! However, it’s always good to have some options. These over-the-counter solutions are good options to keep in mind, or consider.
Salicyclic Acid Topical Treatment
Some effective plantar wart medications which are available on prescription contain salicyclic acid which has the effect of steadily removing the wart layer by layer.
Another over-the-counter option for treating plantar warts are homeopathic remedies you can buy. Some of the most effective and commonly used include Thuja occidentals (especially for mosaic warts), and other blends. Another effective blend to consider buying is H-warts.
These options and answers about using home remedies for plantar warts should give you a good head start. But remember that Rome wasn’t built in a day; everything worthwhile takes time. So persevere and be patient as you work steadily towards your goal of slipping your feet into your shoes without worrying about accommodating a painful planta