Verruca Symptoms Verruca tend to appear flat with thick skin. They usually have a hard edge around a softer centre. Sometimes black spots can be seen inside the warts. These are caused by bleeding in the verruca as a result from pressure caused by standing or walking on them. They can look similar to a corn.
Causes All verruca are caused by the human papilloma virus. This is common in all environments but does not readily attack the skin. If there is a break, scratch or thorn in the skin, this will give the virus an opportunity to enter the skin. Verruca are commonly contracted in communal places such as swimming pools, showers and changing areas. This is why children are more at risk of contracting verrucae’s in school changing rooms and swimming pools. Excessive moisture or excessive dryness of the skin can lead to a small crack in the skin which allows the virus to enter the skin. Verruca are nothing more that warts. Verruca are a viral infection and only appear on the feet. They are also known as plantar warts. They can be painful because of the constant pressure on them caused by standing and walking. Treatment There are a number of treatments available for warts and verrucas. However, no single treatment is 100% effective, and sometimes the wart or verrucae may return.
Our professionals FHP will initially assess the foot and or affected area, once diagnosed a treatment plan will commence, using treatments such as Cyro surgery, salicylic acid and or typical ointments or gels.
Our Foot Health Practitioner would treat the verruca by removing the top layer of skin, with the aim to get the small blood vessel inside the verruca to bleed. Your body's defence cells in your blood can therefore do the job of attacking and healing the verruca from within. Ointment and plaster then be used to protect the area. Repeated treatment is often required every two weeks. How to treat a child’s wart or verrucae As a foot healthcare treat warts and verrucae in children by parring the verruca or wart and applying an application of TT50 verruca cream. This cream contains urea which helps to penetrate the skin and fight the virus that caused the wart – HPV (human papilloma virus). This treatment can be successful but it does require commitment from the foot health practitioner, the parents and the child. Once treatment commences you will need to self-treat every day and receive professional treatment every one or two weeks. How to treat an adult’s wart or verrucae Treatment for adults is similar to the treatment for children with the exception of the medication used and the availability of Cryotherapy. This depends entirely upon the patient’s medical history and is discussed during the initial consultation. Will my wart or verrucae need treatment? Warts usually clear up without treatment. However, it can sometimes take up to two years for the HPV virus to leave your system and for warts and verrucae to disappear. The length of time it takes for a wart to disappear will vary from person to person. They tend to last longer in older children and adults. In adults and people with a weakened immune system, warts are less likely to clear up on their own or respond well to treatment. Leaving the wart to get better by itself is one option. However, you may want to consider treatment if your wart is painful, in an awkward position, or is causing you distress or embarrassment. Are warts contagious? Warts are very contagious, and close skin-to-skin contact can pass on the infection. The infection can also be transmitted indirectly from contaminated objects or surfaces, such as the area surrounding swimming pool and changing rooms. Warts are thought to be contagious for as long as they are present on your body. The virus is more likely to spread if the skin is wet, soft or has been in contact with a rough surface. Warts can also be spread to other parts of your own body. You can spread the virus if you:
Scratch, knock or bite a wart
Bite your nails or suck your fingers (if they have warts on them)
Shave your face or legs
Share towels, flannels or other personal items with someone who has a wart or verruca
Share another person’s socks or shoes (if they have the HPV virus)
After becoming infected, it can take weeks or even months for a wart or verruca to appear.