Ways to Stay Wart-Free

Earth Day is April 22 and if you plan on getting down and dirty planting trees or picking up trash – good for you! Just make sure you clean yourself up afterward, and that includes your feet! Keeping feet clean and dry is key to avoiding all sorts of germs and infections, including the virus that causes warts.

The human papillomavirus, or HPV, is responsible for the development of warts. Just a small opening in the skin can invite it in, and once it enters, that familiar stubborn bump will rear its ugly head! So, besides cleanliness, it’s important to be aware of scratches and cuts and protect them with bandages.

Warts are super contagious, too, and can spread not only person-to-person, but surface-to-surface. That means in your attempts to stay wart-free, steer clear of anyone with a wart, and anything they use or touch. This includes bathmats, towels, shared exercise equipment, and bathroom toiletries. Sharing pedicure tools and footwear are both no-no’s as well.

If you already have a wart, and your goal is to be wart-free, it’s important not to pick at the growth or you might spread the virus elsewhere on your body. A single wart can then turn into multiple ones just like that. If one wart is tough to get rid of, just think of how hard it is to treat a bunch of them!

Finally, never walk around barefoot in public places. Others who may be carrying the virus could have walked barefoot before you, putting you at risk. Protect your feet by always wearing shower sandals or flip flops in locker rooms, gym showers, pool sides, and saunas.

We can help you on your quest to be wart-free, so come see us for more tips and treatment options. If you have any questions or want to make an appointment, you can reach our Houston, TX office by dialing (713) 493-7372. We’ll give you the down and dirty on lowering your risk of warts and anything else you want to know!

Categories: Skin Care