What is a wart?
A wart is a skin infection that is caused by a virus in the layers of your skin that can spread to other parts of the body. It is easily missed for many reasons. First, it takes a while for the wart to be noticeable; a wart can take a month before growing to a detectable size. Second, they are easily missed because warts have relatively the same color as your skin. Third, warts are generally not painful if not located on areas of your feet that are pressed on the ground.
It is good to know that despite common belief, warts (especially ones on the foot) do not go away on their own. This is because the foot has an extra layer of skin, which gives room for the wart to cozily nest in your skin and spread around, instead of falling off.
How to treat warts?
Consider that the bigger the wart, and the longer the wart has been in your skin, the longer your treatment will be.
1. Prescribing at-home medication
In case of small warts, or to end a treatment, your podiatrist can prescribe medication to apply daily on your wart. It is good to know that these treatments are stronger than what you would be able to buy yourself at the pharmacy. Despite being stronger, however, they are not strong enough to quickly get rid of the wart.
Your podiatrist can also prescribe medication to treat excessive sweating so your current wart does not get bigger, as well as to prevent another wart infection.
2. In-office wart treatment
Your podiatrist has different chemical medications to apply in-office on your skin. These medications are much stronger than medications you can apply at home and they get rid of the wart faster.
How to treat warts at home?
At-home wart treatments do not work well on foot warts, as the skin on your foot is much thicker than the rest of your body. Nevertheless, here are a couple of things you can do to prevent your wart from getting bigger while waiting for your podiatric consultation.