Friday, 17 March 2017 00:00

Preventing Warts

Almost everyone will get a wart at some point. Centuries ago, people believed that warts were caused by contact with frogs or toads but, of course, that’s not true. Warts are caused by contact with the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV).

Too small to be seen, the virus enters the body through the top layer of skin then causes a sudden and explosive growth of skin cells in the layer below, resulting in a small bump that we call a wart.

Exposure to HPV is inescapable. You come into contact with it at home and in public spaces. We encounter various strains of HPV when we touch objects, when we walk without socks and shoes, and when we touch others, for example by shaking hands. Most of the time, this contact is harmless and goes unnoticed.  Once in a while, a wart occurs but, with care, you can prevent them!

Here are seven simple steps you can take to minimize your risk:

Wash your hands often. Use warm water and soap and lather for at least 20 seconds. That’s the amount of time it takes to sing Happy Birthday in your head twice.

The virus thrives in warm, humid places. Avoid walking barefoot in public showers and on swimming pool decks.

Dry your feet if they get damp or wet.

The virus gets in through nicks and cuts.  Make sure your feet are healthy and well maintained.

Don’t share socks and shoes with others.

Regularly spray shoes with disinfectant. This kills any virus living there.

Never touch a wart, even on your own body.

If you have a wart, keep it covered with a bandage to prevent it from spreading. Never rub it or pick at it. Unfortunately, without intervention, your wart isn’t going to go. Over the counter remedies are not effective and the at-home solutions can do more harm than good. A podiatrist can help you get rid of that wart once and for all.

Do you have a wart that needs treatment? Dr. Boris Abramov and Dr. Tatyana Abramova are here to help you. Our convenient Pikesville office is equipped with state of the art technology to maximize effectiveness and minimize discomfort. Call us at 443-872-7052 or click here to schedule a convenient appointment at Abramov’s Comprehensive Foot Care today.