How to get rid of plantar warts without going to the doctor?

how to get rid of plantar warts
Medically reviewed by Dr. Ola Tarabzuni


Have you ever experienced hard bulging like acne inside the skin on different parts of your skin where most of the pressure is exerted? Those small bulgings are called warts and can grow significantly on any part of your skin where most body pressure is exerted. They are painless most of the time, but irritating pressure is exerted in those areas of the skin.

Plantar warts are caused by HPV (human papillomavirus) and can be treated by various treatment options. An online doctor can help you get rid of Plantar Warts from the comfort of your home by diagnosing accurately and recommending treatment. Usually, they go away and shed on their own, disappearing. Still, if it stays and becomes painful or irritating, it is good to consult your healthcare provider for effective diagnosis and treatment options.

How to treat plantar warts?

Plantar warts can be treated effectively with different options, including topical medications directly applied on the wart’s surface or surgically removed by healthcare professionals. An online doctor can recommend some of the most prescribed and used approaches for treating plantar warts are as follows:

Freezing medicine (Liquid-nitrogen)

The freezing technique is commonly preferred by healthcare professionals, especially for stubborn warts that don’t shed or go away independently. This procedure consists of applying liquid nitrogen to the surface after numbing it. This will treat the wart, activate the body’s immune system to respond to the wart’s area, and work on it to treat it. 

This procedure is recommended 2-3 times weekly to eradicate plantar warts completely.

says Dr.Richard Honekar 
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Stronger peeling medicine (Salicylic acid) 

Salicylic acid is one of the most effective topically applied medicines that might take weeks to completely treat plantar warts and roots. After applying topical patches on warts, they will dry up and automatically shed off. 

It’s available over the counter and can also be prescribed or recommended to you after careful examination of warts/skin. Salicylic acid in topical preparations comes in 26-28.5% and can be equally effective.

Getting a consultation from your healthcare provider to use the most effective and well-suited percentage of salicylic acid patches is beneficial. 

What are the treatment options for warts on a child’s foot?

The treatment options for plantar warts are similar for those in adults. Over-the-counter medications like salicylic acid and prescription medications like Imiquimod

Cantharidin can be used according to nature and severity. 

There are no specific guidelines for plantar warts in a child or adults. It’s usually the same procedure, treatment options, and remedies to eliminate plantar warts.

says Dr.Richard Honekar

Consulting with your healthcare provider will give you a clear idea of how to treat warts effectively. 

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Do you have to see a doctor for plantar warts?

Yes, getting a consultation can help you diagnose the plantar warts and start the treatment as soon as your doctor determines and analyzes it. It is usually challenging to diagnose whether the wart or bulging you notice on your skin is a plantar wart, allergy, or acne

Only your healthcare provider will diagnose and determine the right course of treatment after a careful and thorough physical examination. 

Can I get plantar warts treatment without seeing a doctor?

Yes, you definitely can! You can now get an online consultation and the best treatment options for effectively treating plantar warts virtually without leaving your home’s pace. 

You can also try a home remedy to eradicate the plantar warts or go for over-the-counter options to treat plantar warts. 

Home remedies can include soaking the affected area in lukewarm water and removing the wart using duct tape. The duct tape should be applied in an elongated form and pulled out in a quick, jerky movement in the opposite direction. The only drawback of this remedy is a relapse of plantar warts because of their viral nature. Touching duct tape on any other unaffected area can get affected. 

One of the most recommended over-the-counter options is topical salicylic acid on the warts. They usually retain the moisture, treat the wart, and activate the immune system to treat the wart. Topical patches come in different percentages and can effectively treat plantar warts. 

How long does it take to get rid of a plantar wart?

Usually, plantar warts can go away without taking longer on their own without any treatment. It can also take a few months to a year in children with home remedies or over-the-counter medications, while it might take longer in adults, depending on the duration of its presence in the body. 

For effective and quick eradication of plantar warts, getting a consultation from your healthcare provider and the prescription drugs is beneficial. Your doctor will prescribe you well-suited medication after a thorough physical examination. 

Are plantar warts contagious?

Yes, plantar warts are viral and contagious. They can spread on skin-to-skin contact from one body part to another. They can also spread from person to person after physical skin contact or sharing items with the infected person, like shoes, towels, clothes, etc. 

When diagnosed with plantar warts, it’s mandatory to cover the wart with tape or a band-aid to stop its spread to different body areas or other people.

You can now get professional help at the ease of your home and get personalized prescriptions and treatment plans!

When should I see a doctor?

Warts can be painless and go away on their own. Similarly, warts can also be painful if pressure is exerted on them and can spread to different parts of the body. It is recommended to consult your healthcare provider right after you notice the formation of a wart or a bulging callus on any part of your skin to get a timely diagnosis, prevention measures, and effective treatment plans. 

FAQs about getting rid of plantar warts

What is the fastest way to get rid of a plantar wart?

The fastest way to get rid of a plantar wart is to consult your doctor, who will suggest the best treatment options, preventive measures, and ways to stop the spread of plantar warts to different body parts. 

Can you pull out a plantar wart with tweezers?

No, pulling out a plantar wart with tweezers is usually not recommended as it can be extremely painful and might affect your skin badly; pulling it out will make all the roots of a wart plucked, and it can spread to different parts of your body and skin. It is recommended to use topical patches to cover the wart and keep it protected until it dries up and sheds off by itself. 

Are plantar warts an STD?

No plantar warts are not STDs. However, they are caused by HPV, which can be caused and transmitted sexually. But HPV can also be transferred from skin-to-skin contact or by sharing items, including shoes or clothes.

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