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    Plantar Warts w/ Possible Bacterial Infection
    An_246191 posted:
    I've had 1 for sure and possibly 2 plantar warts on the bottom of my foot. Location above the arch, and just below the midline of the balls of my foot. Exactly as suggested, where you always apply pressure to walk. I've had it since Jan. this year.I think my Mom had hers 1st, and I caught this from her.( When bathing her feet I noticed she had a very large one, and mine was minimal @ the time.
    I've treated both of us with compoundW 1st.. Having little luck I went to the Freeze-Off method.. Seemed to be working great @ 1st. Mom's dried and peeled off on it's own. However mine seemed to continue to grow.. a small portion would come off, but within a short time returned again. I've been using both methods for a very long time..
    For the past few weeks the area has been getting more and more tender, and swelling had developed around the circumfurence of the hard lumpy area. At present it is larger,shaped like a hematoma, very warm to hot. It's very painful to weight bare on my foot.
    From you Web info, I'm guessing that the area is infected, but there is no opening to allow any fluid to come out. Even the plantar area, although not very large is very painful to touch.. Will the doctor do surgery with an infection present? Do you need to wait till infection gone first? I am very afraid of needles being put in my feet, had a few very bad experiences with a doctor holding me down, and telling me there would be no pain, huh!! NO PAIN.. that big needle was NO JOKE!! and wiggling it around.. Now I'm scared to death.. Been procrastinating for getting medical attention, and now my foot is always in pain, and swelling increased.. Keep soaking foot in epson salt, and peppermint lotion, to cool it down, try to bring swelling down.. Looks like foot turning a little darker color around the area.. Can I have the Laser Surgery, instead of cutting me? Calling for appt. @ foot specialist today? Can help with some answers first, before I go, so I KNOW wht to expect? I really appreciate this.. Sincerely, Scared-e-cat!!! Cheryl
    Mary Ruth Buchness, MD responded:
    No doctor is going to do surgery on you if you have an infection. There is a risk that the infection could go to your bloodstream if the area is operated on. But please go to the doctor. If you have an infection, you definitely need antibiotics.

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