Diagnosis, Tests – using one or any of the following:
- Examination and tests
- Checking for signs of dark pinpoint dots
- It is looks abnormal, removing a small part of the lesion and having it tested and analyzed in a laboratory (shave biopsy).
Plantar Warts Removal
After diagnosis by your podiatrist, the next course of action is treatment. If the condition is painful, your foot doctor will schedule an appointment or start treatment right away. The truth is that some warts go away without the need of treatment. However, the only limitation is that it will take a year or several years depending on your immune system to go away. At the same time, rather than them going away by themselves, it may spread to other areas causing more pain. Note – You could require repeated treatments before they go away. Moreover, they could return later.
Conservative Treatment for Removing Warts
Dr. Jarman is very conservative with wart removal and treatment options and elects not to cut or burn (freeze) them out. His preference is to use Cantharidin, a topical treatment that provides little discomfort with application and is very successful. This method works great for children and squeamish adults.
We included a few clinical images taken by Dr. Jarman of a patient’s foot (two weeks after application of Cantharidin) that show exactly how deep warts go into the skin. This method of treatment is very successful compared to the ineffective over-the-counter products for wart removal.
What is Cantharidin?
Cantharidin is a topical ointment used since the 1950’s to treat and remove warts and benign molluscum skin lesions.
Where does it come from?
The “Spanish fly” blister beetles produce Cantharidin, a blister agent that is harvested for chemical use. The male species discharges Cantharidin when mating, passing the substance to the females that make use of the chemical liquid substance to cover her eggs to defend against any predators.
How does Cantharidin work?
Cantharidin (a blistering agent) works on the epidermis (your skin’s outer layer) cell membranes. With a topical application, it causes a blistering effect to breakdown the top layer of the skin cells to get to the wart. The blister in turn causes the tissues that contain the plantar wart virus to separate away from the skin. For this reason, with proper use the area usually heals without scarring.
After Cantharidin Treatment: If changes or response to treatment is not observed by the doctor, further analysis may be required. In this case, the doctor may use a biopsy to rule out other potential causes for the growth. No matter what the treatment approach used, it is paramount to follow the doctor’s instructions. It may include home care medication and treatment. If the condition persists, consult your foot doctor again, because it could be another problem.