If you haven’t already started doing this, it’s time to give some thought about Halloween. For various reasons—parties, taking children trick-or-treating, etc.—you might dress up to have fun with family and friends. No matter how you choose to dress up, you don’t want to experience pain and discomfort from a wart on the bottom of your foot while wearing your costume. Fortunately, there are plantar wart prevention tips you can follow. Even better, they aren’t overly complicated!
Plantar warts can be particularly painful when you spend a significant amount of time on your feet, as is the case for parties and taking your children trick-or-treating. You don’t want a wart to develop before then—or at any time, really—so use the following tips to keep your feet wart-free:
- Don’t touch warts. Warts are caused by certain strands of a common virus known as human papillomavirus (HPV). Making contact with a wart is one way to contract the offensive virus, so do not touch one (either on yourself or someone else).
- Do not share certain items with others. Razors, towels, socks, and shoes are items which can become contaminated and lead to a transfer of HPV. Make sure you have, and use, your own items like those.
- Keep your feet dry and clean. Damp or wet skin can easily become damaged and provide an easy point of entry for HPV. This infection can result in a wart, so protect your feet by keeping them dry and clean.
- Keep them covered. One way to reduce the risk of warts spreading is to cover existing ones with a clean bandage. This also provides a limited amount of extra cushion for the viral growth.
- Protect your feet. You can further protect your feet by wearing sandals or shower shoes in often-contaminated areas like gym showering areas, locker rooms, and pool decks. Another protective measure is to wear moisture-wicking socks to prevent damage to wet skin.
We hope these plantar wart prevention tips are able to protect you, but eliminating all risk of skin and toenail conditions can be difficult. In the event you do end up with a wart on either of your feet, come see us at one of our offices and we will discuss treatment options with you.
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