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Can plantar warts cause other warts on the body?

If you have developed a wart, you may be well aware of how embarrassing they can be. Warts can develop anywhere on the body, and can be a result of a virus called human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV is a virus that can infect the upper layer of the skin, often entering through an area where the skin is broken. The skin then grows rapidly in that area, forming a wart. Without treatment, many warts will resolve on their own, but it can take months and sometimes years. Warts that specifically grow on the feet are known as “plantar warts.”

What are plantar warts?

Plantar warts are warts that develop on the soles of the feet. They are often contracted in public areas where you might be barefoot, such as a locker room in a public gym or public showers at the swimming pool. They may be uncomfortable, especially when they develop on specific areas of the feet.

Can plantar wars spread?

Warts can spread not only from person to person, but elsewhere on a patient’s body. This is why it is recommended that patients avoid sharing certain personal items such as towels and razors. Contact can spread HPV and cause more warts to develop—or pass them to another person. Because warts can spread, many patients want to find a solution for treating their warts sooner rather than later.

What treatment options are available for wart removal?

At the Skin Center of South Miami, our doctors offer a few different options for patients to consider when it comes to removing unwanted warts, including plantar warts. Some recommendations may include:

  • The use of a home treatment available over-the-counter, such as salicylic acid treatments
  • An injection or topical medication
  • Cryotherapy, or freezing, of the wart
  • Physical, surgical removal of a wart with electrosurgery, laser surgery, or curettage

Are you concerned about warts?

South Miami, FL area patients who are struggling with warts can work with a dermatologist to address the issue and help stop warts from spreading. Contact the Skin Center of South Miami today to request a visit at 7800 SW 57th Avenue, Suite 110 by calling (305) 740-6181.


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