What is a Verruca and How is it Treated?
A verruca is a very common type of wart that is most often seen on the sole of the foot and is sometimes referred to by the moniker plantar wart. The wart itself is a lump on the skin that may be singular or appear in clusters. In order for sufferers of verrucae to manage their condition, it is important for them to understand several aspects of the condition, including:
What causes a verruca
- Who is most likely to contract a verruca
- Appearance and symptoms of a verruca
- How verrucae can be treated
Let’s take a look at each of these topics in more detail.
What Causes a Verruca?
Verrucae are actually caused by a strain of HPV and occur when the outermost layer of the soles of your feet are infected with that strain. Any environment that is wet and warm is a potential breeding ground for verrucae and can easily be contracted by anyone who walks barefoot in locker rooms or near swimming pools, for example.
Who is Most Likely to Contract a Verruca?
Because the virus is present in places certain places where people walk barefoot, children and teens are among the most susceptible, since they may not know to properly cover their feet. If you have had a verruca before, the chances are higher of contracting one again. Additionally, people with compromised immune system may contract the wart more easily.
Because HPV can be transmitted from environment to environment, it is important to reduce other people’s risk of contracting your verruca. Do this by not walking around barefoot, or if you do, by covering the lesion with a waterproof bandage. Also, do not share objects that may touch your feet, such as towels.
Appearance and Symptoms of a Verruca
Verrucae may appear singularly or in clusters, looking scaly and possibly varying in size. If the verruca is in an area in which there is a lot of friction, it may be painful. It is recommended to contact a podiatrist if you suspect you have a verruca, as it can sometimes be difficult to distinguish between a verruca and other foot lesions, such as corns.
How Verrucae Can be Treated
It is recommended that verrucae be treated by a podiatrist, particularly if the patient has diabetes or certain circulatory conditions that can affect the feet. A podiatrist can treat a verruca in a variety of ways, including:
- Filing down the growth
- Laser therapy
- Prescribing medications for pain
Looking for a Podiatrist?
If you suffer from verrucae and are in want of medical treatment and are in the Berkshire, Reading area, look no further than Michael Rooks, Chiropodist. His practice offers many solutions for your condition, including laser therapy and orthotics. One glance at his website will show you testimonials of patients just like you, now much happier, thanks to Mr. Rooks!