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Would it help if I pull the roots out of my plantar warts?

Thank you for contacting IPFH. We do not give medical advice on line, but we would recommend that you NOT try to "treat" a plantar wart yourself. These warts do not have "roots" or "seeds." What you are seeing likely is small areas of dried or clotted blood. If the wart interferes with your ability to walk or causes persistent pain or discomfort, it is best to see a dermatologist or a foot health professional for treatment. Treatments might include freezing, applications of salicylic acid, laser therapy, or surgery, which is usually a last resort if other remedies don't work. There are over-the-counter remedies that can be effective, but we advise using these with the guidance and supervision of a health care professional. If you have diabetes, NEVER attempt to treat or remove a plantar wart on your own: Always consult your physician or a foot health professional, and don't use any over-the-counter remedies unless on the advice and under the supervision of a physician. We hope you will consult a medical professional, and that your wart will soon be history.

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