What is the best treatment for wart removal?
Warts on your feet can be uncomfortable and unsightly. Although they usually go away with time, not everyone wants to wait for the warts to leave. Should you try to treat them yourself or is it time to see your friendly Calgary podiatrist? Here are a few things you should know before deciding:
What are warts?
Warts are caused by the HPV (human papilloma virus), which is fairly common and transmitted by touch. There are hundreds of different kinds of HPV, only a few of which cause warts. HPV enters small cuts, typically in your hands or feet, and causes warts. Everyone’s immune system is a little different so not everyone develops warts in reaction to HPV. Young children or people with compromised immune systems are the most frequently affected.
You can identify warts by the clusters of small, grainy bumps they make on your skin. These bumps usually feel rough to the touch. Often, they’re also dotted with black specks, which are actually small, clotted blood vessels marking where the wart has grown inward.
How to get rid of warts
Warts aren’t a very serious condition and go away without any treatment. If, however, your warts become painful, start bleeding or won’t go away, you should make an appointment at your local Calgary foot clinic, as these may be signs of something more serious.
There are quite a few home remedies for warts that range from the questionable to the downright dangerous. Some people attempt to remove warts by placing duct tape on them and removing it quickly. This method has not been scientifically proven to work but probably couldn’t do any harm. If anyone recommends using any homemade acids on your warts, however, do not follow this advice. It could be very harmful.
Your best option, as with most health issues, is to see a qualified Calgary doctor (in this case a podiatrist) to have the condition safely diagnosed and treated. Typical treatments involve surgical excision using a special tool called a curette, cryotherapy where warts are frozen off your skin, or injected or topical medications.
A modern treatment that is becoming more popular is laser wart removal. This involves a precision laser burning away the wart tissue, leaving only healthy skin. The advantages of this procedure are that it leaves no scar, has little chance of infection, and involves minimal to no pain.
If you’re looking for a Calgary podiatrist to help you with warts or any other foot-related issue, contact us at Dalhousie Station Foot Clinic today.