Plantar Warts – How to Prevent These Gross Things

Infectious Diseases

Plantar Warts – How to Prevent Them

Plantar warts are one of the three most common reasons that bring children into the clinic for foot care. The good news is; they will go away. The bad news is; they can take a very long time. Anyone that has been treated or had their child treated for a wart knows how true this is.

Plantar warts are a virus.

They are part of the HPV family of viruses that we hear so much about. The virus is in the environment and it can be picked up almost anywhere. The most likely culprits are environments that are wet, damp, dark, warm, or any combination. Think of the public pool for swimming lessons or leisure swim. The change rooms at the pool or the gym. Hotel rooms and showers, even the showers at home can carry the virus. All these areas have a lot of public traffic (well, maybe not your shower at home), and are wet more often than not. Even your own shoes can carry unwanted bacteria and viruses; especially if sweaty feet (or puddle jumpers) are involved.

The virus is in the environment and it can be picked up almost anywhere. The most likely culprits are environments that are wet, damp, dark, warm, or any combination.

Just because the virus is present doesn’t mean that you’re going to catch it. Like many other organisms the virus needs a way to enter your body through a cut or scrape; even a micro tear in the skin will do. Rough surfaces like a pool deck, or pumice stone during a pedicure, can cause such a micro tear. Not all hope is lost though. It is easy to protect yourself.

 

Never Go Barefoot

When you are in public areas that are frequented by barefoot people make sure to wear your deck shoes, flip flops, or water shoes. Don’t wear outside shoes on to public pool decks either, you are not just protecting yourself you are actually helping to bring the bacteria in; hence the reasons for all those signs asking you to take your shoes off (see how that works?). Wear socks or slippers around hotel rooms and your water shoes in the showers; change rooms too.

When you are in public areas that are frequented by barefoot people make sure to wear your deck shoes, flip flops, or water shoes.

Plantar Warts and Sweaty Feet

If sweaty feet plague you, try changing your socks half way through the day and keep socks cotton so they are breathable. Don’t wear the same shoes two days in a row. Leave those sweaty shoes out to dry for 24 hours. You can also clean your shoes by throwing them in the washer and then dryer. Lysol can also help kill bacteria; however it is not proven to work on soft surfaces like a shoe, and will still require drying time. Best yet, is sterilizing the shoes. There are UV based products, like SteriShoe, that is proven to kill bacteria in shoes quickly and effectively.

If sweaty feet plague you, try changing your socks half way through the day and keep socks cotton so they are breathable. Don’t wear the same shoes two days in a row.

 

Immune Boosting

Boosting your immune system will help protect yourself, especially if you are prone to getting colds. Remember, warts are a virus just like the common cold. Cold FX for kids will help prevent catching a cold and a wart too. Vitamin A supplements are often recommended during treatments of warts to boost immunity, or simply take a walk to your nearest natural store and find out what they recommend.

Don’t drive yourself crazy and if your baby toe accidentally touches the pool deck, it doesn’t mean you are definitely going to get a wart.

Taking the appropriate steps to prevent infection is the best place to start. Do what you can, when you can. Don’t drive yourself crazy and if your baby toe accidentally touches the pool deck, it doesn’t mean you are definitely going to get a wart. If a wart does appear, make sure to get it checked by a foot specialist as soon as you notice it.

Starting treatment earlier usually means an easier time getting rid of it for good.

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