I wanted to know what caused warts and how they spread. Why wasn't my wife or I getting them? Dr. Kalyan was awesome! She answered my questions while she scraped away skin from my daughter's foot.
"Dr. Kalyan, what type of bacteria causes warts?"
"It's not bacteria. It's a virus."
I was surprised to hear that. I asked which virus.
"They are called Plantar Warts and they are caused by the HPV."
"Doctor, how is this virus spread and why didn't I get it?"
"Kids are most susceptible and many times, adults don't get it. The virus transmits most commonly through locker rooms of swimming teams or clubs. In your family, it's probably spreading by the kids walking barefoot in the house or more likely, in the shower."
This was a slap in the face! I'm the cleaning guy and local expert in disinfection. We have delegated our house cleaning to our kids and I didn't push a strong enough disinfection protocol!
I thanked Dr. Kalyan and asked if I could share this with our community to help fight the spread of Plantar Warts. She agreed. It was a joy meeting our family podiatrist. We are so pleased with their work and thankful to have a quality doctor we can trust with our children's health! If you're local to the Indian Valley, I highly recommend Indian Valley Podiatry!
Ken's Recommendation to Kill HPV
Here's a great article by the Mayo Clinic on Plantar Warts. The Mayo Clinic confirms Dr. Kalyan's answers.
"Plantar warts are caused by an infection with HPV in the outer layer of skin on the soles of your feet. They develop when the virus enters your body through tiny cuts, breaks or other weak spots on the bottoms of your feet."
"The HPV strains that cause plantar warts aren't highly contagious. So the virus isn't easily transmitted by direct contact from one person to another. But it thrives in warm, moist environments. Consequently, you may contract the virus by walking barefoot around swimming pools or locker rooms. If the virus spreads from the first site of infection, more warts may appear."
"Anyone can develop plantar warts, but this type of wart is more likely to affect: Children and teenagers, people with weakened immune systems, people who have had plantar warts before, and people who walk barefoot where exposure to a wart-causing virus is common, such as locker rooms."
HPV is a non-enveloped virus. These pathogens have a highly resistant protein layer and are thus hard to kill! Some other examples of non-enveloped viruses include Rhinovirus (the common cold), Rotavirus (stomach flu or bug), Norovirus, and Poliovirus. HPV is in the same family of pathogens.
It is commonly believed that the following disinfectants kill HPV:
The conclusion of this research identifies sodium hypochrolite as the best disinfectant to kill HPV. This is good news. Bleach works. However, I have written extensively on the "9 Mistakes in Disinfecting" and Mistake #5 states that bleach breaks down rapidly and dilutions MUST be remade every day to remain effective.
Did you make it through this article? That was intense! My takeaway is simple!
I'm wearing socks!
Ken Carfagno is a presentation cleaning specialist serving the Indian Valley, PA.