Plantar warts are a very common foot care problem that can detract from the appearance of your feet and cause you pain when you walk or stand. In many cases, plantar warts can be successfully treated at home with over-the-counter wart removal products. CVS carries a diverse assortment of wart removal solutions and gives you the ability to easily shop online and have your order discreetly shipped to your door.
A plantar wart is a small growth that usually develops on the heels or on other areas of your feet that bear weight. Warts are caused by a strain of the HPV virus and develop when the virus enters the foot through cuts or breaks in the skin. Going barefoot in public places can raise the likelihood of developing plantar warts. Children, teenagers and individuals with weakened immune systems are at an increased risk for warts.
Treatment for plantar warts typically involves removing the wart. One way to do this is with a product that contains salicylic acid. This medication weakens the tissue that makes up the wart, causing it to gradually disappear a little at a time. In addition, there is some evidence to suggest that salicylic acid topical medications encourage the immune system to fight the underlying infection.
Another way to remove minor plantar warts is by freezing. Lowering the temperature of the skin can cause the wart to dry up and fall off. Normally, these products use dimethyl ether as a key ingredient. Freezing kits can speed up the wart removal process, but they may not be effective for removing all warts. In some cases, your medical provider may suggest that you use a freezing kit and then apply a salicylic acid product to completely address plantar warts.
It's a good idea to see your medical provider before using any type of wart removal product. He or she can examine the growth and confirm that it is a plantar wart. Plus, your health care provider can determine whether an over-the-counter wart removal product is likely to be effective for you and can recommend the best type to try. If a wart persists despite the use of wart removal products, consult your medical provider. Only use wart care products according to the instructions provided on the packaging unless a health care professional gives you other advice.