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Introduction Verruca

Verrucas are a common complaint amongst children and adults. A verruca is a small skin lesion which is commonly found on the bottom surface of the foot. The lesion is usually approximately 1cm in diameter but can be larger. Sometimes a single wart may have many small satellite warts surrounding it; this is called a Mosaic Wart.

Understanding this condition

The appearance is similar to a corn but verrucas are more superficial in depth.

The surface of the verruca is covered with black dots that are actually small blood vessels that feed the verruca.

The colour is usually paler than the usual tone of the skin.

Verrucas are usually surrounding by hard skin and will not be well circumscribed.

Patients often complain that a verruca feels like a small stone under the foot.

They are usually asymptomatic (not painful) unless they are squeezed from the sides or have direct force applied to them.

They are inclined to spread to other areas of the foot and possibly to the hands.



Causes of Verrucas

  • All verrucas 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 a thorn in the skin, this will give the virus a opportunity to enter the skin.
  • Verrucas are commonly contracted in communal places such as swimming pools, showers and changing areas. This is why children are more at risk of contracting verrucas in school changing rooms and swimming pools.
  • Excessive moisture or excessive dryness of the skin can lead to small crack in the skin which allows the virus to enter the skin.

Treatment for Verrucas

  • Over the counter products containing salicylic acid may be of benefit in treating the verruca. However, it is important that application of these products is confined to the affected area only, as it may lead to the damage of healthy skin. Diabetics or patients with poor circulation should not use these products.
  • Try to keep the wound covered at all times as it will prevent the wart from growing rapidly and spreading to other areas.
  • You can also remove the surrounding callus with a pumice stone.
  • It is recommended that you seek advice from a chiropodist.

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