Hope you've finished your breakfast by now, because it's time for some good old-fashioned gross-out fun. Beauty magazines rarely talk about embarrassing or awkward problems, but let's face it, we all have them from time to time. So today, I thought I'd talk about warts. Those little devils often pop up on the feet and hands, essentially nullifying any sort of grooming you've already done.
Warts usually look like a small white raised bump (like a bit of cauliflower) and they may or may not have a black or red dot in the middle. They're caused by the human papilloma virus—yep, the same virus that causes genital warts. They're spread from skin-to-skin contact, so if your best friend has a wart, it's best not to caress it unless you'd like a matching one for yourself. Additionally, if you get pedicures in salon, take a cue from celebrity podiatrist Dr. Carolyn Siegal and use a liner in the foot-soaking tub, since they can potentially transmit plantar warts to the foot.
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There are a few ways to treat warts, but the important thing is that you do treat them. Left on their own, warts usually go away after months, but they can also multiply. So it's smart to take care of them sooner rather than later. Here's what you can do:
- Use a Dr. Scholl's kit. These use salicylic acid to eat away at the wart. Unfortunately, the pre-cut treatment discs are on the large side, and if they're bigger than the wart, they'll eat away at your skin, too. I recommend trimming the disc to fit the wart, then covering it with a bandage. That's what I've done (too much information?) and it really makes a difference in keeping the surrounding skin healthy.
- Go to the doc. If the over-the-counter option isn't working well, head to a doctor. For plantar warts in particular, this might be your best option. Your physician might do a little cryosurgery on you. Sounds like fun, right? It involves freezing the wart off with liquid nitrogen. It hurts like a mutha, to be honest, but it will get the job done.
- Duct tape is an option. For some reason, putting duct tape over the wart for weeks at a time will help it disappear. From what I've read, this method works, but it also takes a long time. Considering the effectiveness of the other options, I'd go with those instead.
Whatever you do, don't try to play Trapper John, MD and go diggin' with a homemade scalpel. If you go with the salicylic acid or physicial option, your wart will clear up in a few weeks.
Have other not-so-polite beauty conundrums? Send me a private message and I'll see what I can do!