Remove Plantar Warts Once And For All

If you have stubborn plantar warts that won't disappear, here are some treatments you can try at home. Be careful with your skin and how you treat it, so that you don't pick up any skin infections. Consult your physician or dermatologist if you have any questions or concerns.

What are Plantar Warts?

Plantar warts are grainy, hard warts that grow on the balls or heels of feet. They are usually not harmful, but can be painful if you are stepping on them, applyIng pressure.

Sometimes plantar warts will go away on their own, like any other warts. But sometimes they won't go away easily and become a nuisance. When this is the case, there are some things you can try on your own to get rid of these warts.

Home Treatments

You can try over-the-counter treatments, such as salicylic acid or freezing the warts off. The salicylic acid will work to take off the wart, layer by layer. The freezing method can be dangerous or painful, so be careful when applying the nitrogen directly to your skin. You would apply nitrogen , bought in any pharmacy, to your affected area, thusly freezing the wart off.

There are some more natural approaches to removing plantar warts, too. One thing you can try is to apply a small piece of banana peel, with the inside down on your wart. Keep the peel on overnight, secured with medical or duct tape. The peel's enzymes will break down the wart and eventually get rid of it altogether. Note that it might take several nights, or even weeks to get totally rid of the wart.

You can try to speed up the process by first covering the wart with crushed aspirin, tee tree oil, or lemon extract oil. These remedies are also said to work to destroy the plantar wart. It's a good idea to remove the peel and tape each morning and gently wipe away dead skin on and around the affected area with an emery board or pumice stone.

If All Else Fails

If you find that the above mentioned remedies are taking too long, or are ineffective, see your dermatologist (such as Henry E. Wiley, III, M.D.). He or she can cut small layers of the  numbed wart off with a scalpel every week until the wart is removed. There are also laser surgeries that are effective in removing plantar warts. Ask your dermatologist what would be the best treatment for you. 

Remember every person's skin is different, so what works for your neighbor may not work for you, or it may take longer. If you really want your plantar wart gone for good, be persistent and try different approaches to removing it. Over time, it will go away.