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Health Tip: Treating Plantar Warts

(HealthDay News) -- Plantar warts are painful bumps that affect the soles of the feet. They're caused by a virus, and are typically picked up by walking barefoot on surfaces where the virus lurks.

The American Podiatric Medical Association offers these suggestions for treating plantar warts:

  • Don't attempt to treat them yourself with an over-the-counter medication. Instead, seek professional treatment.
  • If you have diabetes, a circulatory problem, immune system condition, or neurological problem, tell your medical professional, who should implement treatment with caution.
  • Understand that warts are easily spread elsewhere on your body or to others. Don't delay in having warts evaluated by a professional.

-- Diana Kohnle

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