Health Watch: Plantar Warts

RAPID CITY, S.D. (KEVN) Talking about plantar warts today. Plantar warts develop on the soles of your feet, oftentimes in the ball of your foot or your heel and they can grow inward and become very painful and inflamed and oftentimes will spread in these areas. They can be quite stubborn, they are caused by a virus and although the virus isn't very contagious it does like to live in warm moist environments so you are at special risk if you are in locker rooms or around swimming pools or even sharing showers with people who also have warts. You can use a light bleach and water spray in a spray bottle to help reduce viral particles sitting in this warm moist environment. If you need to treat plantar warts you can use over the counter remedies like salicylic acid, wart pads, or topical solutions those have to be applied daily for up to two months, another thing that is fairly effective is using daily duct tape just apply duct tape over the wart and then remove it daily for at least a few hours and file the wart area down gradually the virus will die off and you'll be able to remove the dead skin. If you need to go to your doctor because you have resistant plantar warts we'll use cryotherapy with liquid nitrogen or sometimes more potent acids can be used. If you are dealing with stubborn and frustrating plantar warts make sure to see your family doctor. This is Dr. Nancy Babbitt from Creekside Medical Clinic.