What is a Verruca or Wart?

Human Papilloma Virus

It is a benign viral skin infection. Other names:

  • Foot - Verruca pedis, verruca vulgaris, plantar warts, mosaic
  • Hand - Warts, periungal warts (around finger nails)
  • Face - Filiform warts,
  • Body - Common wart, flat wart 

Differntial Diagnosis

Need to distinguish a wart or verruca:

  • Molluscum contagiosum  a viral infection in children
  • Corns, hard skin, encapsulated splinter
  • Solar keratosis
  • Sebborhoeic keratosis
  • Neuroma

How Do I Get Them?

Through contact of the skin with the presence of the virus:

  • Communal areas e.g. damp floor
  • Contaminated surfaces
  • Direct skin contact e.g. shaking hands
  • Infected footwear
  • Family or friends

What Can I do?

Topical Treatments

You can try to use a topical treatment.

  • Diagnose problem first
  • Strictly follow instructions
  • Not to use if have vascular or diabetic issues
  • Stop using if get no result after 4 - 6 weeks
  • Duct tape - takes forever!
  • Banana skins, kiss a frog?????

When to go a Podiatrist?

See an experienced podiatrist when:

  • Not sure of exact diagnosis
  • Topical shop treatments not working or causing problems e.g. pain, affecting activities/lifestyle
  • Infection spreading
  • Health issues e.g. diabetes, immune issues

Prevention and Prognosis

An experienced podiatrist can advice:

  • Prevention = Protection e.g. verruca socks, Spirularin, spirit
  • Treat family, partners at home
  • Can sometimes spontaneously resolve, but can't say when
  • Can spread if not treated
  • Can spread if not treated properly

Contact Us Today

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Don't waste time home treating

Home treatments can make the problem worse! We can treat verrucae at Compleet Feet Southsea. Hampshire Wart and Verruca Treatment Clinic

Hampshire Verruca Clinic

Compleet Feet 5a Normandy Street Alton Hampshire GU34 1DD

01420 896000


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