Plantar warts are a very common condition that affect a large number of people. These warts generally occur on the fingers or on the feet, generally on the toes or the sole. They are also referred to as verrucae. Plantar warts are caused by the human papillomavirus, also known as HPV. In most places, plantar warts remain fairly small, but they can spread quite quickly if they are not treated. Some people experience what seem to be large plantar warts—what’s often going on these situations is that a large number of plantar warts have gathered in a single location.
The HPV generally survives well in warm, wet places. People can contract HPV in places like gym changing rooms, swimming pools, and other areas where people’s exposed feet come into contact with the ground. Another common way of spreading HPV is by sharing socks or shoes with someone who has a plantar wart. If you have an open wound or a scratch on your feet or hands, you’re also much more likely to contract the virus.
Since HPV is a virus, anyone can contract it. However, much like other viruses, certain people are more susceptible to catching it. This includes younger children and people who don’t have a very strong immune system. If you’ve had a plantar wart before, then you’re also more likely to develop them again in the future. There are certainly many pharmaceutical products that can be useful for helping to treat plantar warts, but these are often harsh on the skin. Fortunately, there are a number of natural remedies that can be very useful for helping people get rid of their warts. In this article, we’ll detail some of the most accessible home remedies for fighting off plantar warts.
Home Remedy #1: Duct Tape
Duct tape is often cited as the number one home remedy for getting rid of plantar warts, and for good reasons. Applying a piece of duct tape over the affected area will starve the area of oxygen, leading to the wart shrinking. Eventually it will disappear or turn black and fall off.
The neat thing about duct tape is that it can be used in addition to many of the other remedies found on this list. Duct tape acts as an irritant and can add a further degree of wart-fighting action when coupled with things like apple cider vinegar.