Frogs don’t cause warts

Frogs don’t cause warts

As a child you may have been told warts were caused by kissing frogs. They are actually  caused by a virus, which  invades the skin through very small  cuts and abrasions. Since  the virus is lurking on the ground  it can be contracted by barefoot walking.  Like any other infectious lesion, plantar warts  spread by touching, scratching, or even by contact with skin shed from another wart.

Warts on the bottom of feet are called plantar warts.
Many times they are confused with a corn or callous. Plantar warts tend to be hard, flat, with a rough surface, well-defined boundaries and have pinpoint black areas.  On top of the foot they appear  fleshier and raised.
Although rare,  malignant lesions such as carcinomas and melanomas can sometimes be confused as a wart.
Plantar warts can cause sharp, burning pain.

Tips for  Wart Prevention

  • Avoid barefoot walking
  • Change shoes and socks daily.
  • Keep feet dry and clean.
  • Check your child’s feet regularly.
  • Don’t touch warts on other people.
  • Use flip-flops in public showers

If You Get a Wart

  • Avoid  over-the-counter preparations because may contain salycylic acid
  • See your podiatrist before the wart becomes larger and spreads
  • Diabetics and people with circulatory or neurological problems should only seek professional care

This year  make your goal to  keep your feet virus free by following these suggestions.   And remember, don’t blame the frogs.

 

 

Dr. Olga Garcia Luepschen and the Gentle Foot Care Center are located at 2 Ryant Blvd (on US 27).  For further information call 863-314-9255 or www.gentlefootcarecenter.com

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