5 Steps To Your Best Barefoot Season Ever!
The human papillomavirus invades, causing an inward-growing wart. Warning signs: (1) black specks, (2) pain when you press from side to side, and (3) a disruption of the fingerprint-like lines across your sole, says New Jersey podiatric surgeon George F. Wallace, D.P.M.
Viruses thrive on moist, warm surfaces, such as swimming pool decks. Dr. Wallace suggests wearing sandals until the minute you step in for a dip, and then putting them back on as soon as you step out.
Start with an over-the-counter product containing salicylic acid, such as Dr. Scholl's Clear Away Plantar Wart Remover ($10, drugstore.com).
You can catch this fungus by going barefoot on an infected surface.
Dry your feet after swimming and wash them immediately after playing sports. Wear socks if someone at home is infected, and wear sandals in communal areas (such as showers), says Mahmoud Ghannoum, Ph.D., director of the center for medical mycology at Case Western Reserve University.
Ghannoum recommends applying a cream containing an antifungal such as terbinafine (Lamisil AT) every day for a week or two.
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