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Plantar Warts: Prevention is Worth a Thousand “Cures”

Plantar warts are a common, frustrating problem, even with children. It’s better to prevent plantar warts or wait them out than try to cure them. 

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This is how the symptoms start . . .

For a few weeks, I’d been complaining of a growing tenderness on the ball of my left foot. The tenderness gradually became real pain, until every footfall felt as if I were slapping the sore spot down over a small stone.

One day after a bruising long run, I pulled off my sock to show my running partner the spot, which had become a thick, white patch of rough skin that looked a bit like a tiny cauliflower floret punctuated by a pattern of small holes.

“Oh, that’s a plantar wart,” she said. “You probably picked it up in the YMCA shower room.”

So began my long relationship with plantar warts.

To get a sense of what (sort of) happened as my relationship progressed, check out Willie’s Wart before you move on. (For the second line, substitute “Under his big toe,” and for all the physician-assisted wart-removal treatments, substitute the word “I”)

A few facts about plantar warts

  • All warts are caused by one or another of the more than 150 strains of human papillomavirus (HPV).  
  • Plantar refers to the sole of the foot, though plantar warts may appear on the heel, toes, or around the toenails. The same virus can also appear on the palm of the hand or around the fingernails, in which case it is called a palmer wart.
  • Experts say the HPV strains that cause plantar warts don’t cause the more-concerning genital warts.
  • Plantar warts aren’t malignant, and they don’t cause cancer.
  • Plantar warts are contagious. Shaving, scraping, or picking at them can transfer the virus to other parts of the feet and hands. They can also be transmitted by the shoes and socks of someone with warts.
  • Plantar warts are rarely painful, and usually disappear on their own in people with healthy immune systems.

Preventing plantar warts

  • Don’t go barefoot in locker rooms, public showers, or on the tiled areas around swimming pools (public or private), hot tubs, wading pools, etc. Wear flip-flops or sandals.
  • Don’t try on other people’s shoes (including shoes in a thrift store) without socks or nylon stockings.
  • Don’t share towels, razors, nail clippers, pumice stones, or emery boards.
  • Avoid direct contact with your own or other people’s warts. This really does include your own warts. Wash your hands thoroughly if they come in contact with a wart.
  • Don’t pick at your warts, as this may spread the virus to your hands.
  • Keep your feet clean and dry. Change your shoes and socks daily.

Getting Rid of Plantar Warts

My doctor froze off that first wart with liquid nitrogen, but it returned. After that, I spent three or four years trying various wart-removal treatments. Here’s a selection:

  • I used over-the-counter salicylic acid products.
  • On the advice of friends, I soaked it repeatedly with cider vinegar.
  • I taped raw potato slices (then later, fresh garlic slices) over the wart.
  • I smothered it with duct tape smeared over with vaseline.
  • I used rough emery boards and pumice stones to try to scrape it off, then razors to shave it off.
  • I tried pulling it out with sharp-pointed tweezers.

Not realizing the highly infectious nature of the wart virus, I ended up with many more warts, not only on my foot, but eventually around the fingernails of my right hand. I’d sometimes get rid of one or two, only to have other appear within a few days.

I finally returned to my doctor, who reminded me that most “successful” wart-removal remedies are serendipitous, as eventually the immune system wakes up to recognize those warts as invaders, and wipes them out.

He suggested I forego any more treatments, just try to forget about them, and I’d wake up one day to find that pouf! the warts would be gone.

And that’s exactly what happened.

I haven’t had one since, though I take exquisite precautions to avoid getting infected again.

4 Ways to Get Rid of Plantar Warts

Plantar warts can be a particularly painful
type of wart both for their location on the bottom of the foot and the fact
that they frequently are hidden by thick, callused skin in the heel and ball
areas of the foot. The pressure from your weight forces the wart to grow
inward, causing severe pain and discomfort. Often the only visible sign is a
small bump under the skin.

Plantar warts can be hard to remove, and they can also look like other,
more dangerous skin conditions like skin cancer, so be sure to have any skin lesions
checked out by your foot doctor.

4 ways to get rid of plantar
warts include the following:

  1. Laser therapy—A high energy laser is used to cauterize the blood vessels that feed
    the wart, thereby killing it.
  2. Cryotherapy—Your foot doctor carefully applies
    liquid nitrogen to the wart to freeze it. The wart can then be broken off in
    large pieces. Some of the other therapies can be used in conjunction to ensure
    complete eradication of the virus that causes warts.
  3. Medication—Since all warts are caused by human
    papillomavirus, an antiviral medication is taken orally to fight the virus from
    within. These medications may not be appropriate for all patients, so be sure
    to discuss the matter with your podiatrist.
  4. Acid treatment—A high strength salicylic acid
    is applied to remove the wart in layers. As mentioned, home treatments of this
    type are often ineffective due to incomplete wart removal and regrowth.

If you have a painful, hidden bump on the bottom of your foot, you may
have a plantar wart that needs proper treatment by your podiatrist. The foot experts at Desert
Podiatric Medical Specialists, in the Tucson, Oro Valley, and Green
Valley areas of Pima County Arizona, have unparalleled experience in treating
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Plantar warts commonly develop on the bottom of the foot when patients get a viral infection within their skin. The good news about planters warts, is that the viral infection only gets in the epidermis, and it does not go down to the dermal layer of the plantar foot.

The problem with plantar warts, especially on the bottom of the foot, is that they can be very hard to get rid of. Because the epidermis is so thick on the bottom of our foot, over-the-counter treatments such as salicylic acid and freezing do not tend to work as well. These treatments can work better on other parts of the body, but on the bottom of the foot it often takes a stronger treatment to get rid of the wart.

We do not have one treatment that works every time for plantar warts to get rid of them, but the treatment with a high success rate for the bottom of the foot typically involves using cantharidin. Cantharidin is an interesting agent, because it is a blistering agent, and it actually is made from an enzyme that is found in the mouth of a beatle.

When we see people with planters warts that are not responding to the over-the-counter treatments, we typically recommend debriding the calloused tissue that has formed and then applying cantharidin. When we do this, it often causes a blistering reaction on the skin, but this is actually helpful because it helps peel off much of the plantar wart when the skin blisters.

We typically see this treatment work over time, but it can require several treatments to get the plantar wart to go away. If the plantar wart does not go away with this treatment, we can surgically remove the plantar wart and cauterize the remaining tissue to try to keep the virus from coming back and continuing to infect the skin.

Plantar warts can be very painful especially when they are on weightbearing surfaces of the foot, and if you are suffering from this, call your expert Colorado Springs podiatrists today at 719-488-4664, so we can help you!

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Dr. Matthew Hinderland
Board Certified Podiatrist and Foot and Ankle Surgeon

Foot and Ankle Specialists of the Mid-Atlantic

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General Information

A wart is a callus-like growth on the skin caused by a virus. They can appear anywhere on the foot, but those to the sole of the foot are called plantar warts, and can be quite painful. Warts can occur at any age, but are most common in children and adolescents. Plantar warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). The virus enters through small cracks in the skin, and often contracted by walking barefoot.

What are the symptoms?

  • Callus with a cauliflower appearance.
  • Pain with standing and with compression of the callus.
  • Tiny black dots in the callus, which are capillaries of the wart, and may bleed if the callus is trimmed.

What causes warts?

When we walk barefoot where someone else has walked barefoot, we are sometimes exposed to viruses left on the ground by that person.

Normally, our skin is a barrier to foreign invaders like the wart virus. Because of the trauma (usually incurred by everyday walking) to the skin of our feet, however, it is easy to find a “crack in our armor”.

When this happens, the wart virus can gain entry to our normal skin cells, and quickly takes over that cell’s function.

How are warts diagnosed?

It is best to have any new growth examined by a podiatrist, or foot and ankle specialist, to ensure a correct diagnosis.

 

How can warts be treated?

There are various ways to treat plantar warts. The warts are very tough, however, and it is sometimes difficult to treat them so that they go away completely and don’t grow back.

Possible treatments include

  • Place medications on top of the wart, to help kill the wart virus and remove the wart tissue.
  • Freeze the wart.
  • Burn the wart.
  • Inject medication into the wart.
  • Remove the wart surgically.
  • Lasers that do not involve needles, cutting, or the application of medications.

You may get relief from the pain (from the thick skin that is actually the wart) by wearing a doughnut bandage. This type of bandage surrounds the wart, leaving a hole directly over the wart. Do NOT scrape or pick at the wart, as this can cause the virus to spread.

What can I do to prevent plantar warts?

Plantar warts occur more often in people who often walk barefoot.

Wearing shoes or sandals, especially in places like locker rooms, may help to prevent plantar warts.

Essential Oils For Treating Plantar Warts & Athlete’s Foot

Most people have suffered from some sort of infection throughout their lifetimes, and in most cases, that means that most people have also taken antibiotics at some point. While antibiotics are very effective in treating infections, they are often overused, and they can cause harmful side effects in your body. Are you someone looking for home remedies for athlete’s foot or home remedies for plantar warts?  then read on.

Broad spectrum anti-fungals don’t just kill the bad fungi that is causing your infection; they also kill the good bacteria that lives on your skin. This can cause short term benefits but long term risk of re-infections due to the imbalance of your skin flora.

The great news is that there are more natural ways to treat some infections; in fact, Australia is the home of the best therapeutic quality Tea Tree oil. Did you know just how helpful this little oil can be when combined with Oregano oil for the treatment of Athletes foot and Verruca’s? These two oils, when combined, are virus-fighting warriors and pack a punch. That means you don’t have to use harmful or toxic over-the-counter or prescription medicines to get rid of some infections.

Essential oils are full of beneficial components, and some of them have been scientifically proven to be effective in treating infectious diseases. Oregano oil, in particular, is effective against bacteria, fungi, and viruses thanks to two of its main components: carvacol and thymol. Tea tree oil also has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, which makes it an amazing natural treatment for infections such as athlete’s foot and plantar warts.

Athlete’s foot, also known as tinea pedis, is a fungal skin infection. It affects the skin on the feet, where it most commonly appears on the skin between the toes. It can also spread to the toenails and hands. Athlete’s foot is contagious, and it is usually spread after being in contact with infected skin, or places where the fungus can thrive like swimming pools or showers.

Athlete’s foot can be caused by fungal species such as Trichophyton, Epidermophyton, and Microsporum. Its symptoms include red, scaly skin that itches and burns. Skin can also be blistered, cracked or peeled. When the toenails are affected, they become discoloured and can pull away from the nail bed.

Oregano Oil For Athletes Foot and WartsTea Tree Oil For Athletes Foot and warts

You can use oregano and tea tree essential oils as home remedies for athlete’s foot, combine 5 ml of coconut oil with 5 drops of tee tree oil and two drops of oregano oil. Rub this mixture into your feet twice a day. Continue the treatment for one week after symptoms cease.

After you have completed this treatment, follow these steps to prevent the infection from coming back:

  • Make up an anti-fungal spray to spray inside your shoes and shower floors.
  • Wash socks and towels in hot water washes.
  • Put your shoes in the freezer for 24 hours.

Plantar warts, also known as verruca plantaris, are small, benign skin lesions which appear on the bottom of the feet. They are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), usually by the strains 1, 2, 4, 60, and 63. The virus enters the skin through small abrasions or cuts, which might not even be visible to the naked eye.

The infection can manifest as a single or solitary wart, or as a mosaic wart, in which small warts form a cluster. Plantar warts aren’t dangerous, but they can become painful and make standing very uncomfortable. The wart appears on the surface of the skin, and it can have tiny black dots on its surface. These dots are simply small blood vessels full of dried blood.

Essential oils can also be used as home remedies for plantar warts. In order to treat plantar warts with essential oils put 1 drop of tea tree neat onto the affected area. Depending on the size of the wart, use the end of a match stick or something the size of the surface area of the wart to apply the oregano oil. Oregano oil will burn the skin, so try to get it directly on the wart. Cover the wart. Do this twice a day. You will see the wart changing; keep going until the root of the wart has come out; the time this takes will depend on the size of the wart, but it is usually between 10-20 days. Continue the treatment for another week after the root has come out to prevent it from coming back.

If you are looking for a natural clinical solution then we recommend you read up on Marigold Therapy that is pioneered by Dr Tariq Khan who has a special interest in Plantar warts.

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Tracy Goddard – Divine Oils NZ

Best way to get rid of warts | Planter wart removal

Plantar warts are small growths which occur over the plantar surface of your feet (soles). They occur mainly in the weight-bearing areas of the foot. Plantar warts are common in children and young adults, especially in individuals who walk barefoot and in people who have a week immune system.

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the cause of plantar warts. When the virus gets in through a cut or damaged skin, it multiplies within to form plantar warts. Sometimes inward growths can lead to callus formation.

People often search for the best way to get rid of warts but most warts will go away even without treatment after 1-2 years. However new warts can appear nearby. You may want to get rid of them especially if you are cosmetically concerned or they disturb your day to day activities such as difficulty in walking and standing due to pain and tenderness.

Figure 1: Warts on finger

Figure 2: Warts on face

Treatment of plantar warts:

Plantar warts are not a serious health issue. You can let them be especially if they are asymptomatic as they are usually harmless. Even without treatment, they will heal spontaneously with time. Sometimes removal of them by yourself can cause more harm than letting it stay, especially if you do not remove it properly, so planter wart removal by yourself needs doctor consultation. The best way to get rid of warts is to try some of these home remedies, making sure that surrounding normal skin does not get damaged by your attempts. Damage to the skin can lead to infection.

Home remedies

  • Home pedicures – Immerse your feet in a basin of warm water with a little shampoo. Leave for 10 -15 minutes. Gently smooth the surface of the wart with a pumice stone or emery board. Always keep separate tools for warts.
  • After soaking the wart apply duct tape over it and leave a few days. Once removal of the tape can rub off the wart which is softened with a pumice stone. Repeat same procedure twice a week until wart is totally removed.

(Garlic paste or apple cider vinegar soaked an in a cotton ball can be applied over the wart and covered with duct tape, will help soften the area more than just soaking with water)

Over the counter products for plantar wart removal

If home remedies were not successful, there are products available over the counter which can be used to apply over warts every day or weekly (depending on the instructions given), to remove the wart layer by layer. It may take time to totally remove the wart, so one needs to be patient.

  • Application of topical solutions containing 0.5-30% Salicylic acid – Salicylic acid is keratolytic which removes dead skin.

(Some OTC topical solutions are available with added tea tree oil and cedar leaf oil to salicylic acid which makes it more effective in wart removal)

Figure 3: Planter warts removal treatment

Figure 4: Planter warts

  • Use of TCA (Tri-chloro acetic acid) to burn the lesion – This is a strong acid which burns the wart and kills the virus. So caution should be taken to apply it only over the wart. You may need the help of another person if difficult to apply it by yourself.
  • Using plantar wart remover medicated patches and concealing pads – they contain salicylic acid as the main ingredient – these are safe and easy
  • Wart remover sticks –has topical salicylic acid which is easy to use than applying the liquid solutions. Apply directly over the wart without touching the normal skin

Whatever the topical product you select, make sure that you comply with the instructions. When the medication is applied continuously the wart will die and the dead tissue can be peeled off within 1-2 months. However, if the normal skin is burnt, there is possible damage to skin leading to infection.

  • Pain relief – when there is pain an OTC product like acetaminophen (Tylenol), ibuprofen or aspirin can be tried. Be cautious about the dose and frequency of administration. The pain medication can be continued even for pain following wart removal.

What can go wrong while trying out home remedies and OTC treatment?

  • Damage can occur to normal skin surrounding the wart – make sure you do not scratch or attempt to cut the wart by yourself
  • Pain during and after the procedure
  • Infection and ulceration
  • Recurrence of warts even after successful removal
  • Can end up with scarring and change of skin color in the area – this can look worse than the original wart itself

How to take care during and after treatment?

  • Always read the instruction leaflet carefully before trying any OTC medication. Comply with instructions
  • Make sure you apply the liquid only on the wart and not on surrounding skin
  • Use pain medication to help relieve pain (Tylenol, aspirin, ibuprofen etc.)
  • Do not be overenthusiastic and burn the area too much
  • Be patient – treatment takes time, you may have to wait at least 1 -2 months for complete wart removal
  • If the skin gets damaged, keep the site covered with a plaster, clean and dry
  • If infection sets in always seek help

When should you see a doctor?

  • When the lesions are spreading and enlarges with time
  • When it doesn’t respond to OTC treatment or becomes worse
  • When plantar warts cause pain and tenderness which interrupts your day to day activities, walking, standing etc.
  • When there is bleeding from the wart
  • When the wart changes in color – turn purple or black
  • If you are a diabetic – as diabetics have a loss or reduced sensation over feet, feet should be looked after well to prevent gangrene (dead tissue) or chronic non-healing ulcers.
  • When you have a week immune system plantar warts tend to be severe and widespread, it is best to seek help

What are the techniques which a doctor will use for wart removal?

A doctor will use one or a combination of the following treatment options.

  • Stronger peeling medications – Salicylic acid with a stronger strength (50-60%) can be prescribed. This will remove layers of the wart more effectively as it is stronger. Even this should be applied repeatedly to get rid of the whole wart and it takes time.
  • Freezing the wart with Cryo therapy – The doctor will apply liquid Nitrogen to the wart. This burns and freezes the wart and forms a blister. With time the blister sloughs off along with dead tissue of the wart. May have to repeat the procedure twice a week, until all warts are removed. Sometimes paring the wart with a scalpel is done before applying liquid nitrogen for better results.

This method is painful. If the doctor is not careful, can accidentally burn the surrounding normal skin. Depending on the burn, if blisters are deep, one can end up with discolored skin and scarring. Due to pain, this method is best avoided in children.

  • Trichloroacetic acid (TCA) – A stronger strength of TCA can be used by the doctor to apply on the wart. A wooden toothpick is used for this procedure. The wart will be burned due to the acid.

Pros – This is not an invasive method

Cons – This treatment should be repeated weekly for a month or so for successful wart removal. The person can feel stinging and burning sensation.

  • Surgery – Depending on the size of the wart the doctor will decide on surgery. Although it is a minor surgery, it will leave a scar.

Pros – the wart will be removed in one go

Cons – May have pain during and after the procedure even with local anesthesia. A scar is left as a mark.

  • LASER treatment – The LASER rays are used to burn and cauterize the blood vessels and tissues of the wart. Once the tissue is dead, it falls off eventually.

Cons – It is costly, painful and a scar will be left

If you attempted OTC medications but failed and infection and ulceration occur following treatment –

The doctor can arrange cleaning and dressing of your ulcer, prescribe a course of oral antibiotics if necessary.

Take home messages –

  • Plantar warts are difficult to eliminate. Even after successful removal, they can recur.
  • Be patient while treating warts as it takes time

Prevention of plantar warts:

As warts have a tendency to recur, it is best to try these methods in order to prevent getting them again.

  • Avoid walking barefoot- Using footwear is advised when walking in common areas like swimming pools or locker rooms.
  • If you have plantar warts do not touch them often. If touched wash hands well with soap and water to prevent spread.
  • Keep your feet clean and dry
  • Wear clean socks and shoes
  • Look after your feet especially if you are a diabetic
  • Do not share socks and shoes
  • HPV vaccine – The vaccine is not proven effective yet, although it can be tried. However, the strains of HPV causing the plantar warts are not covered by the vaccine.

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Plantar Warts: Myths and Facts

Plantar warts are a common condition that have one of the biggest numbers of stories, myths, and “home remedies” swirling about them.

It feels like more and more claims come out of the woodwork all the time, and old ones are pulled back from obscurity to take a new lap around Facebook.

“Solve your warts with duct tape!”

“Clear your warts right up with apple cider vinegar!”

“Have you tried duct tape dipped in apple cider vinegar?”

(OK, we haven’t seen that last one. But we wouldn’t be surprised if it existed.)

What makes myths and stories surrounding plantar warts so pervasive? What’s actually true, and what are the most proven ways to take care of plantar warts for good?

Time Can Turn Anything into a Good Story

To understand why plantar wart myths persist so well, it helps to understand what is going on with the warts themselves.

Plantar warts are an infection of the human papillomavirus (HPV). Warts on any part of the body are caused by the same type of virus. The “plantar” part simply refers to their location on the feet.

The infection causes thickened, rough, fleshy growths on the feet (sometimes they will look a bit like calluses), usually in places where the foot has pressure against the ground (the base of the toes, the forefoot, and the heel).

Left untreated, plantar warts can remain on your foot for a long time. Some cases can last for a year or two! The fact is, however, that most cases will eventually go away on their own.

And that’s where the myths come in.

You know the saying, “a stopped clock is right twice a day?” That can fit for wart cures, as well. Someone can try all sorts of claims to get rid of their warts and, once they see them start to vanish, believe that the last thing they were trying actually had an effect. In reality, it was simply time taking its course and the infection passing on!

But the determination of finding a wart cure and the joy of seeing progress is plenty enough to plant the seed in someone’s mind, and we really don’t blame anyone for that. Add the fact that social media makes it easier for “lifehacks” to spread like wildfire and you get a very easy rumor mill, even though it is run by hearsay and nothing has been scientifically proven.

But I REALLY Think This is Going to Work!

We’re going to come right out and admit that we have healthy doubts about any big “home remedy” that is currently making the rounds. It’s sort of our job to only go with treatments that have been professionally tested and proven effective.

That said, if you really want to try a remedy or technique you’ve heard, there is not much harm in doing so.

HOWEVER, it’s important to follow some guidelines:

  • Your plantar warts should not be causing you any pain or otherwise interfering with your life. If they are, it’s better that you contact us first and start addressing them with proven methods.
  • The remedy you want to try should not require you to inflict any harm to your feet. If it asks you to cut your foot or apply something to your foot that burns, causes rashes, or anything else negative, don’t do it.
  • Set a limited amount of time to see if the remedy has any effect—say one or two weeks. If you try it for 6 months, then yeah, odds are you may see improvement. They probably didn’t come from the remedy, though.

A Couple Other Myths About Warts

Here are a couple other common misconceptions about warts that can have an influence on how you look at or treat them.

Those specks you see are not “seeds” or “roots.”

It can be common to hear the tiny little spots you might see in a wart be referred to as “seeds.” What you are seeing, though, are the ends of tiny blood vessels that have been disrupted by the growth. There is absolutely no need whatsoever to “dig” these out.

Warts can actually be contagious.

Some people believe that warts are simply unable to be spread from person to person. This is not the case. While it is not as easy to give someone warts as it is a cold, it is still possible to give your case of warts to someone who is in contact with your feet or shoes. You should keep your footwear, including socks, separate from your family’s to be safe.

Warts do not come from frogs or toads.

We didn’t feel we could write about warts without bringing the granddaddy of all myths up. Touching amphibians will not give you warts.

Professional Treatment for Warts on Your Feet

If other treatments you have tried don’t work, you don’t want to bother with them, or you want to get rid of your plantar warts by a certain time, it’s best to come see us instead. We can help you get rid of your warts as quickly and effectively as possible—but don’t delay if you have a deadline!

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Dictionary

Wart is a benign skin neoplasm caused by the human papillomavirus.

If you notice a sudden formation on the skin, first of all, consult a dermatologist. The diagnosis, when it comes to a wart, can be made immediately after examination, usually no additional research is required.

The doctor will choose what to do – observe or remove, it all depends on the place of its appearance and size.If the wart does not greatly spoil the appearance, does not interfere, you can wait – most often it will disappear on its own after 2-3 years. True, during this time it can increase in size, multiply.

Often it pops up on the soles or fingers, gets injured and causes pain. In this case, it is easier to get rid of it. Unfortunately, you cannot get rid of warts permanently. They can disappear and reappear in new places.

How can a doctor help?

Cryodestruction with liquid nitrogen

Cryospray or an applicator with liquid nitrogen, which has a temperature of -194 degrees, the affected area is instantly frozen, the wart is destroyed and dies off.This does not require anesthesia or any preparation for the procedure. And the process itself takes a few seconds. After 1-3 hours, the treated area turns red, a tingling sensation may be felt, after 3-24 hours a blister with bloody contents appears. And after 2-6 weeks, young tissue is formed in this place, so there are no scars. Unfortunately, the procedure must be repeated every 2-3 weeks, maximum six times.

Contraindications: acute inflammatory diseases, infectious diseases.

Radio wave surgery (Surgitron apparatus)

Radio waves are used instead of the usual scalpel. The surrounding tissue is not injured, a small wound remains in the treated area, which after a while passes without a trace. However, this procedure requires local anesthesia. The procedure takes about 20 minutes. From the pros – the neoplasm can be removed at one time. After this small operation, the area must be protected from direct sunlight for several weeks; for several days, the pool, sauna and solarium must not be visited.For about a week, you will have to treat the skin with an antiseptic.

Contraindications: presence of a pacemaker, diabetes mellitus, glaucoma, epilepsy, malignant neoplasms, infectious diseases.

Cantharidin preparation

The dermatologist makes the application with the drug, as a result, a blister forms under the formation, the wart is, as it were, burned. The painful sensations are not strong, mainly appear in the interval of 2-24 hours after application. After 5-10 days, the skin heals.Requires repeated sessions.

Contraindications: diabetes mellitus, individual intolerance to the components, pregnancy and lactation.

How can you help yourself?

Salicylic acid

Can be used as a patch or solution. Allows you to exfoliate the affected area of ​​the skin. First, soak the damaged area in water for 10-15 minutes, this will help soften the skin. Then dry it thoroughly.After that, you can glue the plaster, but make sure that the acid does not get on the undamaged tissue. The patch is left on the skin for 12-72 hours. The procedure is repeated within 3-4 months at short intervals. In these intervals, it is necessary to clean off the keratinized parts of the wart with a file or pumice stone. There may be a slight irritation, some blood, which means the treatment is working.

Contraindications: neuropathy (damage to the nerves, due to which sensitivity is impaired), pregnancy and lactation.

Celandine products

In pharmacies there are many products made on the basis of natural celandine. First, grease the area around the wart with a greasy cream. Then apply a small drop of the composition and wait for it to dry. It is recommended to repeat the procedure 1-2 times a day for several days. The warts gradually flake off and then disappear completely. But if the dosage is incorrectly calculated, you can get a chemical burn, which will then heal for a long time, and then leave a scar or scar in memory of itself.

Contraindications: individual intolerance to the components.

Creosmesi

You can buy drugs that are similar in action to liquid nitrogen, but “warmer” (-50-55 degrees). You can get rid of a wart in 10-14 days. But it is worth remembering that too long exposure to the drug leads to burns and scarring. In addition, such mixtures contain flammable components.

Contraindications: delicate and sensitive skin, birthmarks, diabetes mellitus.

The article was published in the federal weekly magazine “Everything for a Woman”.

Text writer: Anastasia Merenova

Willow Borer – This is how you recognize and manage pests

in brief about the main thing

  • The food activity of the willow moth caterpillar can be easily confused with the corridors of other tree species. However, the willow moth is not subject to notification. The native species attacks willows and poplars on damp trees.
  • Caterpillars make their way into the wood of diseased trees and leave behind aft tunnels up to two centimeters thick and up to one meter long.Drilling holes in the bark, drilling dust and excrement crumbs at the base of the trunk, and the pungent smell of vinegar are typical. Caterpillars are not poisonous.
  • The first step is to prune healthy wood. Quassia solution is the most effective means of dealing with caterpillars. Once they break into the forest, it becomes almost impossible to fight them.
  • Females lay eggs on rough bark for caterpillars to burrow in wood. They develop and pupate over the course of several years in wood or substrate.

Are willow trunks subject to notification?

Willow moth caterpillars can significantly impair the resistance of an infected tree. They can wipe out entire tree populations in a matter of months. If the alleys are infested, there is an increased risk of wind breakage. The species is widespread in Europe and prefers to nest on old willows. It can also happen in the home garden.

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However, there is no need to report Willow Borers.There is no obligation to report. If you find a caterpillar feeding route, you should carefully identify the species. It is often not possible to clearly distinguish between the corridors of a willow planter and those of other logging pests.

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Willow is considered a pest because its caterpillars destroy already weakened woody plants and trees.At first glance, the nature of the damage cannot be unambiguously attributed to this type. There are a variety of wood pests that leave holes in the wood. Therefore, pay attention to small traces that reveal the reason.

Damage image

Willow gusts mainly attack old and already diseased trees, for which they can be dangerous. Their irregular holes usually lead down the trunk and can be up to a meter in length. The tunnels are up to two centimeters in diameter.

Affected trees suffer from a lack of nutrients and water, which causes the branches and leaves to dry out. Heavily perforated wood breaks easily in the wind. Rotting fungi often spread in the wells, which further weaken the tree. If the infestation is severe, there is a risk that the entire tree will die.

Recognize infestation

The feeding pattern for willow moth caterpillars includes large holes in the bark through which excrement and drill dust are removed.At the base of an infected tree, you will often find reddish drill shavings and debris. You can see the sap flow through the older holes.

Willow Borer caterpillar activity can be recognized by the typical vinegar smell that surrounds the tree. In the case of a severe infestation, cracking or grinding of feeds can be heard at night, which penetrate from the inside of the tree to the outside. Occasionally, the caterpillars move, clearly visible on the bark of the tree.

The grooves of the willow moth caterpillars are irregular in shape, up to two centimeters in diameter and usually lead from top to bottom.

This is what caterpillars look like

Although the nature of the damage can be easily confused with that of other tree-eating caterpillars, the caterpillar is easily recognizable. It has a corpus luteum and turns dark red again in later stages of development. That caterpillars are actually yellow becomes apparent in overwintering individuals. If you find a caterpillar in the top layer of the substrate during the winter, it will lose its typical red color and turn completely yellow.

Typical characteristics:

  • usually 60 to 100 millimeters long
  • The head and parts of the neck plate are black all year round
  • very shiny body
  • Warts covered with short white hairs
  • highly developed oral apparatus

Why on trees attack

Willow trunks are among those tree trunks whose caterpillars develop in fresh wood.Adult butterflies have a short proboscis and cannot eat. The only reason for their existence is to reproduce and, therefore, to preserve their species.

Causes

The willow moth is a widespread nocturnal butterfly. Inhabits mainly damp trees with willows. Therefore, butterflies can often be found in running waters, as well as in parks or meadows. Sometimes the species is common in mixed forests or in home gardens and gardens with old trees.

Females look for diseased and old trees to lay their eggs, so in nature they initiate and promote the decomposition of old wood. They are likely to be attracted by the acetic acid odor that the old larvae exude with the wood.

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Frequently infested trees

Moths prefer deciduous trees and are found predominantly on various native willow species or ornamental shrubs such as the harlequin willow. When woody plants are severely weakened, butterflies lay their eggs in the wood of other tree species.Caterpillars are found in maple, beech, ash, poplar, oak, walnut, linden, and elm.

Preferred tree species:

  • Salix : Common willow
  • Betula : Silver birch
  • Alnus : black alder
  • Pyrus : pear
  • 9089000 Is the willow moth caterpillar poisonous?

    The Willow Borer caterpillar is aggressive and can use its cutters when it feels threatened.Children, dogs and cats should stay away from caterpillars. If a caterpillar bites a willow moth, it can be very painful. The bite does not pose a health hazard and the moth is not considered toxic to humans.

    Retreat

    Wood drills and their nutritional value

    Numerous wood drill caterpillars have been considered food insects since ancient times. The Greeks and Romans used caterpillars as a delicacy. To get a protein-rich treat, the caterpillars were fed flour.In Mexico, wood drill caterpillars, which prefer to live in agaves, have been considered edible since the time of the Aztecs. Caterpillars are still being eaten. Aborigines living in Australia love this delicacy and eat caterpillars along with other woody rootworm or barbel beetle caterpillars.

    First aid by pruning

    Pruning is the most effective way to get rid of the willow moth at an early stage of infestation. The longer the caterpillars live in the forest, the more they grow. The length of the holes in the moth caterpillars can be up to one meter.Prune the infected tree until healthy, un-drilled wood is visible. When there are no more caterpillars in the forest, the wood can regenerate and sprout again.

    tips

    Burn the pruning, otherwise willow moth caterpillars will continue to develop in the forest and may provoke new infestations.

    Refined varieties

    If the grafted harlequin willow is affected by the willow moth, pruning is more difficult. You need to make sure that the end point remains intact.It is located in the upper third of the trunk and is significantly thickened as the processed rice has been grafted into the typical willow species. If you cut this point, your harlequin willow will no longer sprout, but will become the substrate itself.

    Fighting Willow Hoes

    There is usually no need to fight Willow Borer. As it is an important part of a functioning ecosystem and grows in Europe, it is not necessarily a massive pest of wood. There are no chemical sprays approved to combat Willow Borer.However, in the home garden, the species does not meet with recognition. Removal measures make sense for trees of ornamental value.

    Early control required

    Once the tracks have broken through into the forest, it is almost impossible to deal with them. Therefore, it is important to kill young caterpillars in the early stages, while they are still feeding on the bark. Females prefer to lay eggs at the base of the trunk, where caterpillars hatch after a short time.

    Cassia

    Quasin is a strong bitter substance with an insecticidal effect.It is found in some types of bitter wood, such as the Brazilian quassia tree (Quassia amara), and is sold in powder form in pharmacies. The extract of the bitter substances helps against willow moth caterpillars when sprayed directly. Also, for preventive purposes, you can spray the solution on trees from spring to autumn. Please note that kvass is harmful to beneficial insects.

    Preparation of Quassia solution:

    1. Pour 150 g of bitter wood or quassia powder with 2 liters of water.
    2. Let it brew overnight, then bring to a boil.
    3. Let it brew for about an hour.
    4. Drain and dilute with ten liters of water.

    If you are using bitter wood, you can dry it after boiling and reuse it. Quassin has a bitter value of 13,000,000. After a 13 millionth dilution, the solution is still bitter. You can also dissolve 250 grams of mild soap (€ 17.27 at Amazon *) in boiling broth. This ensures better adhesion of the liquid to the bark.After two to three days, residues on the wood should be washed off with clean water.

    Chrysanthemum extract

    Dalmatian insect flower produces the natural poison pyrethrum. It serves as a contact insecticide and is used against common pests, their eggs and larvae. Since the active ingredient also poses a hazard to beneficial organisms, it should be used outdoors with extreme caution. The knockdown effect occurs within a few minutes. Some insects manage to break down pyrethrins in the body.

    Is the wire method useful?

    It is often recommended to push strong wire through the drilled holes. The caterpillar should be pierced through constant jabs along. However, the success of this measure is not very great. Feeding tunnels sometimes go a meter deep into the forest, so you can’t find the caterpillar living in it with too short a wire. Severely damaged trees may have multiple caterpillars, so you never get all of them.

    prevention

    To lay eggs, willow moths need deciduous trees with moist, rough and furrowed bark.Caterpillars burrow into wood that has been damaged by drought or weakened by diseases and fungi. Regular water supply and potash fertilization are the most important measures to prevent infestation as they keep the tree alive. After cutting the tree, cut wounds should be sutured immediately. Open wounds are an ideal starting point for a caterpillar.

    tips

    To prevent egg laying, the trunk should be removed regularly. Before this, the bark is removed with a stem scraper or brush, making the stem unattractive to moths.

    Lifestyle and development

    Common bloodworm belongs to the family of woodworms (Cossidae). Males have a wingspan of 80 millimeters. Females reach a size of 100 millimeters, which is why this species is considered the largest small butterfly in Central Europe. As a moth, Cossus cossus has an inconspicuous brown color. There are black transverse lines on the front wings. The main flight time lasts from June to July, the butterfly is observed from late May to early August.

    Clutch of eggs

    After mating, females lay about 700 eggs.They place several bags of eggs, each containing 20 to 50 eggs, in the furrows of rough tree trunks. Weakened deciduous trees such as willow and poplar are preferred for laying eggs. The eggs are protected from drying out by a sticky secret.

    development

    After hatching, the larva penetrates into the bark. It feeds on tree sap and wood fibers and undergoes several molts. In the second year, the caterpillars penetrate deeper into the wood and move up the tree trunk.Shortly before pupation, the larvae reach a length of 100 millimeters. It takes two to four years to develop them, because wood fibers are practically devoid of nutrients. Young butterflies hatch from pupae in summer.

    Rearing

    Pupation usually occurs after the third winter in the forest. Caterpillars form a dense cocoon about six inches high. It consists of bridge threads and is surrounded by drill chips when in the feed channel. Pupae in the substrate are often interspersed with soil particles.There are three ways of pupation of willow moths:

    • Option 1 : to bury the substrate for overwintering in the fall, and to pupate in the spring.
    • Option 2 : hibernate on a tree as a caterpillar and pupate in the litter in spring.
    • Option 3 : Pupation behind a hole in the chip cocoon blocked by drill chips

    Frequently asked questions

    Is the willow moth good for you?

    This species, which prefers to settle in pastures, is an important part of a functioning ecosystem.She is one of those wood drills that targets fresh and living wood from already diseased or weakened trees.

    The miller willow accelerates the death of diseased trees by making tunnels in the forest that can go through the entire tree. The fungi that then settle in the drilled holes also accelerate the decomposition of the wood. This moth tidies up nature and makes room for fresh seedlings.

    How many Willow Borer tracks live in the row spacing?

    As soon as the young caterpillars have hatched from their eggs, they look for a way out into the forest.In the first year, they live in herds under the bark. This so-called space leak ends in the second year of development. The tracks are distributed in the timber by separate corridor systems that are separated from each other. Most of their feeding activity occurs down the trunk as they pupate at the base of the trunk or in one of the lower feeding holes.

    What does a willow moth caterpillar look like?

    The willow moth larvae are six to ten centimeters long.In search of a place for overwintering or pupation, caterpillars can be observed in the fall on the bark of infected trees or on the ground. During this time, your back is covered in a dark to wine red stripe, and your sides appear yellow.

    Light body with several white hairs. A black head and a partially black neck area create a signal pattern. The smell of wood vinegar, somewhat reminiscent of the smell of a goat, is typical. Pupae are about six inches long and reddish yellow in color. Separate segments of the abdomen are equipped with dark rows of spines.

    Why do wintering caterpillars look different than summer caterpillars?

    The fact that caterpillars have a noticeable red coloration on their backs late in development has evolutionary reasons. It often happens that caterpillars can be found on the bark or crawling along the ground in search of a pupation site. In these cases, they become easy prey.

    Using signal colors black and red, they try to inform potential predators that their bodies are inedible or poisonous. In fact, caterpillars do not contain poisonous ingredients, so the color red is an important defense against voracious birds and other predators.During the winter months, they lose this color and turn completely yellow.

    What do willow trunks look like?

    Butterflies are almost invisible when they sit on the bark of deciduous trees. Their plump bodies have light gray wings painted in dark gray marble. Parts of the wings appear brownish. The wings imitate the color of the tree bark for optimal camouflage. The legs also fit into this camouflage because they are ringed in black and white. Females are slightly thicker than males. They reach a wingspan of 65 to 100 millimeters.

    properties, benefits and medicinal uses

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    Warts on the body: they rub problem areas with berries for weeks. Bowel problems to cleanse it: 1 h.

    This procedure is repeated for days.

    For fungal diseases, eczema and bleeding: crushed rowan leaves, applied to the affected area.Many women use red mountain ash to fight wrinkles With the help of the fruits and leaves of red mountain ash, you can get rid of not only boring diseases, but also increase immunity, tighten the skin, smooth out wrinkles on the face.

    Try one of the proposed recipes in practice, check the miraculous properties of a natural medicine on your body. Red mountain ash is very often used in healing folk remedies.

    Red mountain ash: benefits, harm, properties of berries

    Berries are harvested in late autumn.Remember that, like any drug, red mountain ash also has contraindications for use. Rowan is used in the form of infusions, teas. The presence of red berries in the diet helps to lower cholesterol levels, thereby preventing obesity.

    Red mountain ash grows in temperate regions. It has a sweet and sour taste and a bright red color.The main value of the plant lies in the rich content of vitamins and microelements. The benefits and harms of red rowan are determined on an individual basis.

    For this purpose, berries are consumed not only in pure form, but also in the form of herbal tea. When used correctly, mountain ash helps to keep the figure in good shape.

    It is important not to overuse sweet desserts with berries. In this case, mountain ash will harm your health and figure.Useful berries have a laxative effect, which is important for digestive problems. The health benefits and harms of red rowan berries raise questions about the possibility of eating berries.

    The benefit of the product during pregnancy is to eliminate oxygen starvation of the fetus and remove harmful substances from the body.

    Due to its sour-tart taste, the berry is used as an effective remedy that eliminates the symptoms of toxicosis. But it should be used with caution, after consulting with a gynecologist.This is due to the property of berries to tone the uterus.

    Benefits and harm of mountain ash

    In this case, the product harms the baby. Despite the benefits of red rowan, it is undesirable to use it when breastfeeding. The harm of the berry is that it is considered an allergenic product.

    Its presence in the diet can provoke skin rashes in a baby. Red mountain ash is harmful if the daily rate of the product is exceeded. In this case, symptoms of an allergic reaction appear.The maximum dosage of the product is g per day.

    Useful substances are found in all parts of the plant. For the preparation of traditional medicine, fresh fruits and leaves are used. On the basis of a medicinal plant, decoctions, tinctures, berry juice and infusion are made.

    Each recipe implies compliance with the dosage of the constituent components and the step-by-step cooking algorithm. Most often, the funds received are taken orally.

    In some cases, they are applied to problem areas of the skin surface.The healing properties of red rowan juice allow you to use it for rinsing the mouth. It improves the condition of the gums and relieves them of bleeding.

    Red mountain ash: useful properties and contraindications

    For this, a bunch of mountain ash is washed well with running water, the berries are removed and pushed with a wooden mortar. Diaphoretic and diuretic tea made from fresh or dried rowan berries are useful for colds accompanied by high fever. Antifungal topical can be prepared from fresh mountain ash leaves.To do this, they are well rubbed, applied to the affected skin areas and bandaged.

    The dressing must be changed every day. In the food industry, healthy jams, jams, fruit drinks, as well as liqueurs, liqueurs and wines are prepared from rowan berries. Red rowan is a good honey plant. The honey obtained from it has a reddish tint, a pleasant strong aroma and also has medicinal properties. Red mountain ash can harm people who have increased gastric acidity.

    In addition, infusions, juice, decoctions from it should not be used with increased blood clotting, those who have suffered a heart attack or stroke, suffer from coronary heart disease.

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    Rowan is a useful berry

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    Red mountain ash: benefits and harms, medicinal properties, what to cook

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    Red mountain ash is widely used in traditional and folk medicine. What are its benefits and harms? Red mountain ash is well known as an ornamental plant.Its fresh fruits are used as feed for poultry and livestock, and processed berries are used as raw materials for the confectionery industry, for the production of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Red common mountain ash has long been used in folk medicine, but in some diseases it can only harm.

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    Rowan is a small tree of the Rosaceae family. It is the parent form of many cultivated forms with sweet and sour fruits. Rowan berries are widely used in medicine and cooking. The fruits are kept frozen.In addition, they contain iron, iodine, cobalt, manganese, and copper salts.

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Form of feeding channels Specialty Larvae Notifiable
Willow Borer circular Spun dust is carried out with manure 9012 red cap No
Asiatic deciduous barbel oval Large drill shavings remain in the corridors legless, with a brown chitinous plate on the chest in front yes
Chestnut drill

20 only first pink, then light yellow with black dots None
Poplar male oval limited to poplars and willows spherical, granular front plate None