What is Plantar Warts?

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## Plantar Warts: A Comprehensive Q&A

**Q1. What are plantar warts?**

**A:** Plantar warts ‌are non-cancerous growths on ​the soles of the feet caused⁣ by the human papillomavirus (HPV). They appear as raised, hard bumps‍ with a rough, cauliflower-like⁤ surface.

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**Q2. What⁢ causes plantar‌ warts?**

**A:** Plantar warts are typically spread through direct contact with⁤ infected surfaces, such⁢ as floors in locker rooms, showers, or swimming pools.⁤ They⁣ can also be self-transmitted from other warts on the body.

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**Q3. Who is at risk of developing plantar warts?**

**A:**‌ Anyone ⁣can develop plantar warts, but they are more common ⁢in people with weakened immune systems, those who walk barefoot in ‍public areas, and those with a history of certain skin conditions, such as atopic dermatitis.

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**Q4. What are the symptoms of plantar warts?**

**A:** Plantar warts typically cause pain and discomfort, especially ⁤when⁢ standing or walking. They may also cause ​bleeding, cracking, or⁣ discoloration of⁣ the skin.

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**Q5. How are​ plantar⁤ warts diagnosed?**

**A:** Plantar warts can usually be diagnosed based ‍on​ a⁣ physical examination. In some cases, a doctor‌ may perform a biopsy ⁣or send a scraping for laboratory analysis to confirm the diagnosis.

**Keywords:**⁤ physical examination, biopsy, laboratory⁢ analysis

**Q6. How are plantar warts treated?**

**A:** There are various treatment options for plantar warts, ​including:

* ⁤Over-the-counter medications (salicylic acid, cantharidin)

* Prescription medications (imiquimod, cryotherapy)

* Surgical treatments (laser therapy, excision)

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**Q7. Can plantar warts be prevented?**

**A:** While not always preventable, certain ⁤measures can reduce the ‍risk ​of developing plantar warts, such as:

*⁤ Wearing shoes ‌in​ public ⁢areas

* Keeping feet clean‌ and dry

* Using foot powder to absorb moisture

* ⁣Avoiding contact with infected individuals

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**Q8. When ⁢should you see a doctor about⁣ plantar warts?**

**A:** If ⁢home treatments are not effective, ⁢or if the ⁣warts cause significant pain, bleeding, or infection, it is important ​to consult a healthcare‍ professional for‌ proper ⁤diagnosis⁢ and treatment.

**Keywords:** home treatments, ineffective, severe pain, bleeding, infection, healthcare professional

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