Dr Michael Perlstein, D.A.B.P.O. Podiatrist , Talks about Plantar Warts
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Host: Many times, especially, children population they get plantar warts, going to the drug store and getting some topical medicine really works. Is that true? Guest: I would say roughly 50% of the time over-the-counter medications that people use from the drug store are usually satisfactory. The key really is to use it long enough so people get well after one week, but if they use it long enough, I would say probably between six and seven weeks, I'd say majority of them can be result with topical treatments. Host: Are they very deep, and sometimes you have to get to the root of the problem? Guest: Well, it depends, in other words, sometimes if people are stepping on the area like it's on the heel or the sole of their foot, just stepping on it could make it actually go in a little bit deeper, if it's there for long period of time, it'll get deeper and thicker down to what we call the plantar fascia. If it's on the top of the foot, so that it's not stepped on, then it can be treated much simpler and much easier. So it really depends on the depth of the wart, it also depends on the variety of wart, there is approximately a hundred different varieties of warts, and each one is treated slightly differently.