Warts are common viral infections that most often affect children, adolescents, and people with compromised immune system. They are caused by infection with a type of papillomavirus which causes rapid epidermal cell proliferation. The development of warts is conditioned the immune system. Therefore, it is very important to lead a healthy lifestyle—eat a balanced diet and be active.
At first glance, warts might look like corns, so how can you tell the difference between the two? Corns are a growth of hard skin in the shape of a circle—an eye. They cause pain when we put pressure on them, e.g. while walking. They can be caused due to footwear that puts pressure on a certain part of the foot. At first, a callus forms and, unless acted upon immediately, it can develop into a corn. Warts can also be very painful. They are round or oval growths on skin with possible small dark pinpoints (‘roots’) growing deep into the deeper layer of skin.
HOW TO REMOVE WARTS
One of the most effective treatments methods is the process of applying lapis infernalis (silver nitrate) on the wart. Silver nitrate has antiviral and antibacterial properties and can be used effectively for the treatment of warts.
This wart removal method is completely painless and non-agressive. Lapis, a combination of silver nitrate and potassium nitrate cauterises the wart and destroys it. For effective wart removal, the silver nitrate coating must be removed and re-applied once a week and later on every two weeks. We recommend taking vitamins and probiotics (B-complex) during the treatment for faster skin regeneration.
HOW TO PREVENT WARTS FROM SPREADING
Warts that occur on the bottom of the foot are called plantar warts, as they develop on plantar surfaces. For some people they can cause stabbing pain when walking. The spread of the papillomavirus can be prevented by:
- Washing your hands after touching a wart;
- Never piercing the wart with a needle or any other sharp object, as this would cause the virus to spread;
- Drying your feet thoroughly with a clean towel after showering. This also prevents fungal infections from developing;
- Always wearing flip flops when visiting public pools in the summer;
- Not wearing footwear of a person who has plantar warts.