Do you still have a wart on your foot despite trying home remedies and over-the-counter products? Warts can be very difficult to treat at home. Luckily, the podiatrists at Kenneth R. Meisler, DPM, & Associates in New York, NY, offer effective treatments that eliminate painful warts.
What kinds of treatments are used for warts?
Wart treatment options include:
- Freezing (Cryotherapy): Liquid nitrogen freezes and kills the cells in your wart. After cryotherapy, blisters will appear on the surface of the wart, and dead cells will soon begin to fall off.
- Salicylic Acid: Prescription salicylic acid is applied nightly at home. The acid removes the cells in the wart layer by layer.
- Electrodesiccation and Curettage: Your New York, NY, foot doctor scrapes off your wart, then uses an electric needle to kill remaining wart cells.
- Laser Treatment: Laser therapy offers a new option for wart treatment. The Pulsed Dye Laser targets wart cells only and doesn't harm the healthy skin surrounding the wart. In fact, you'll notice little to no scarring after treatment. Laser therapy is an excellent initial treatment for both adults and children and is covered by many health insurance plans.
Your New York, NY, podiatrist will recommend one or more of these treatments after examining your wart.
How can I prevent new warts?
After experiencing one painful wart on your foot, you'll probably never want to see another one. The warts are caused by a highly contagious strain of the human papilloma virus (HPV). The virus enters your skin through cuts, scratches, or tiny breaks in your skin.
You can "catch" a wart through skin-to-skin contact with someone who has a wart, but may also be exposed to the HPV virus by walking barefoot in public locker rooms, showers, and pool areas. Wearing shoes or sandals in these areas can help you decrease your risk.
Do your feet tend to sweat? Sweaty shoes and socks offer the ideal environment for warts to grow. Minimize your risk by changing your socks if they become sweaty and alternating the shoes you wear.
Are you tired of dealing with a wart on your foot? Call the podiatrists at Kenneth R. Meisler, DPM, & Associates in New York C, NY, at (212) 628-4444 to schedule an appointment today!