Why do I get a lot of plantar warts?

Plantar warts are caused by an infection with HPV in the outer layer of skin on the soles of the feet. The warts develop when the virus enters through tiny cuts, breaks or weak spots on the bottom of the foot. If left untreated, warts can last from a few months to 2 years in children, and several years in in adults.

Can you have multiple plantar warts?

What are mosaic warts? Mosaic warts are a type of plantar wart that grows in clusters on the bottom of your feet. Doctors also call this type of wart recalcitrant plantar warts or verrucae. While some mosaic warts go away on their own, others are harder to treat and may require a doctor’s intervention.

Why am I suddenly getting so many warts?

Warts are caused by an infection with the human papilloma virus (HPV). The virus causes an excess amount of keratin, a hard protein, to develop in the top skin layer (epidermis). The extra keratin produces the rough, hard texture of a wart. Read more about the causes of warts.

How do you get rid of small plantar warts?


  1. Freezing medicine (cryotherapy). Cryotherapy is done in a clinic and involves applying liquid nitrogen to the wart, either with a spray or a cotton swab.
  2. Stronger peeling medicine (salicylic acid). Prescription-strength wart medications with salicylic acid work by removing a wart a layer at a time.

What can be mistaken for a plantar wart?

Sometimes corns or calluses are mistaken for a palmar or plantar wart. In some warts, little black dots appear, leading people to call them “seed” warts. Actually the black dots are little blood vessels that have grown up into the wart.

How do you get rid of a cluster of warts on your heel?

Cryotherapy. Cryotherapy is a method of freezing your wart using liquid nitrogen. Once exposed, the warts blister and then peel away or fall off. If your mosaic warts are very deep, the cryotherapy may be painful and may not reach the roots of the warts.

How do you permanently get rid of a planters wart?

How to remove plantar warts

  1. Cryotherapy. Cryotherapy is one of the most common ways to treat warts.
  2. Salicylic acid. While you can purchase salicylic acid over the counter, the prescription-strength is stronger and can remove a wart layer by layer.
  3. Immunotherapy.
  4. Laser treatment.
  5. Trichloroacetic acid.