29 Nov What Causes Foot Warts?
Are you bothered by warts in your feet? Warts are small and hard growths on the skin caused by an infection with HPV or Human Papilloma virus. Fortunately, foot warts are treatable.
Causes of Warts
Commonly, warts are caused by an HPV infection.
Some wart viruses are contagious and spread by skin-to-skin contact with people who have warts or by touching an object that may have been touched by another person’s warts, such as clothing.
Breaks in the Skin
HPV infects the top skin layer and may enter the body through damaged or cut skin, such as cuts from shaving. Foot warts are common among swimmers because their feet may be scratched by rough pool surfaces.
Weak Immune System
Generally, your immune system can fight an HPV infection but in a person with a weak immune system, there is a higher likelihood of warts developing. A person’s immune system may have become as a result of HIV or due to immunosuppressant drugs used after organ transplants.
To get rid of foot warts, it is best to see a foot specialist or podiatrist. Many effective wart treatment options are available. Treatment may include salicylic acid, cantharidin, cryotherapy, laser treatment, and surgery. Your podiatrist can determine which treatment option is best for you.
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