Preparing for your appointmentBy Mayo Clinic staff
You'll likely start by seeing your family doctor or primary care doctor. However, you may be referred to a specialist in skin diseases (dermatologist).
The following tips can help you prepare for your appointment.
What to expect from your doctor
Your doctor is likely to ask you a number of questions, such as:
- When did the lesion or lesions first appear?
- Have they changed significantly in size or appearance?
- Does the condition cause any pain?
- Have you had warts before?
- Have you been diagnosed with diabetes or nerve damage in your feet?
- Do you have any condition or take any medication that is known to weaken your immune system?
- What at-home treatments have you used and how long have you used them?
- What effect have you noticed with these treatments?
- Do you use a public pool or shower at a gym — common places for exposure to a wart-causing virus?
What you can do
Bring a list of all medications you take regularly — including over-the-counter medications and dietary supplements — and the daily dosage of each.
You may also want to write down questions for your doctor:
- If I have a plantar wart, can we start with at-home care?
- If we choose that approach, under what conditions should I call you?
- If the first treatment doesn't work, what will we try next?
- If the lesion isn't a plantar wart, what tests would you need to do?
- How long will it take to get results?
What you can do in the meantime
If you're certain that you have a plantar wart, you can begin using home remedies or alternative medicines. If you have diabetes, nerve damage in your feet or a compromised immune system, don't use self-care remedies without consulting your doctor.
If pressure on the wart causes pain, you may want to wear well-cushioned shoes, such as athletic shoes, that evenly support the sole and relieve some pressure on the wart. Avoid wearing dress shoes or other less comfortable shoes if possible.
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