Verrucas, also known as Plantar warts, are caused when an infection occurs in the outer
layer of the skin. These are generally found on the hands and feet.
Many people do not know, but the HPV virus is the cause of warts and verrucas.
Currently in the UK, teenage boys and girls are given a routine HPV vaccine between the
ages 12 and 15, which prevents warts occurring in up to 90% of cases.
However, an HPV vaccine cannot cure warts and verrucas, and treatment or preventative
measures are still essential.
What do Verrucas look like?
Verrucas are firm, raised lumps with a rough surface which can be speckled with tiny black
dots. Most verrucas are round in shape, however when you get a larger infection verrucas
can merge together creating a more uneven shape. We call this a mosaic wart and these
type of “recalcitrant verrucas” can be much harder to treat.
What causes Verrucas?
As we know the cause of the verrucas is the Human Papilloma Virus, but how do we pick
HPV, unfortunately, can be contracted pretty easily with skin to skin contact. This includes
potentially infected areas such as swimming pools, changing areas and public facilities
where someone before you has walked barefoot.
Preventive measures around these areas will lessen your chance of contracting HPV.
Are Verrucas hereditary?
However, there is a case to be said about the genetic makeup and immune systems of each
individual. Some people never suffer from warts and verrucas whereas others can never
seem to get rid of them!
Are Verrucas painful?
Verrucas genuinely are painless, however, weight bearing on the area for long periods of
time can become irritating.
In most cases, Verrucas are itchy, irritating and embarrassing.
Will a Verruca go away by itself?
65% of viral warts including verrucas will go away by themselves, however this can take up
to 2 years and while the area is not being treated you are at a higher risk of the infection
How do you get rid of a Verruca?
There are many methods which have been tried and tested over the years. Some of which
are slightly elaborate while others are very simple over the counter remedies.
The treatment is normally based mostly on the severity of the infection and discomfort.
You should seek professional advice if –
- You have diabetes
- You suffer with poor sensation in your feet
- You have a weakened immune system
- You suffer with poor circulation
- The area is bleeding and painful
Can I file Verrucas down?
Do not use a pumice stone, nail file and or nail clippers to attack your verrucas and warts.
You will risk spreading the infection to healthy skin and worsening your condition.
Infected tissue can exist several millimetres under the skin, so simply filing the top layer will
not cure the problem.
Instead seek advice on what treatments you will need to completely clear the Verrucas and
keep your feet looking and feeling healthy.
Treatments we offer
- Advice on effective home treatments
- Acid treatments
- Verruca needling