Information About Verrucas

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Verrucas are small lumps that you may find that often develop on your hands and feet.

Warts come in may difference shapes and sizes. Sometimes they develop on their own, and other times they may develop in clusters. Different types of warts affect different or particular parts of the body. Verrucas, for instance, are warts that typically develop on the soles of your feet.

Even though warts are non-cancerous skin growths, they may at times resemble certain types of cancers.

It is not unusual for most people to have warts at some point in their life. It is a common occurrence. Typically warts affect children and teenagers more than adults!

If you want to know more about the symptoms of Verrucas, read more about the symptoms of verrucas.

What causes warts?

If you have warts, it was most likely caused by an infection with the human papilloma virus (HPV).

HPV causes an excess amount of keratin (a hard protein) to develop in the top layer of your skin (or the epidermis). Since there is extra keratin, it produces a rough, hard texture of a wart.

Let’s check out more causes of warts. Read more about the causes of warts.

Oh no! Are warts contagious?

Warts are really not considered contagious, but be aware! They can possibly be caught by close skin-to-skin contact. Some other ways that the infection can be transmitted is indirectly from contaminated objects or surfaces, such as the area around your swimming pool.

You are 50% more likely to get infected if your skin is wet or is damaged (cut, scraped, etc.). You may have been infected, but it can take a while for a wart or verruca to appear. Warts are not always present a few days after exposure.

When to see your General Practioner

It is easy to identify most types of warts because they have a distinctive appearance or special characteristics. If you have a growth on your skin, and you are unsure as to whether it is a wart or not, or you are unable to identify what the growth is, you should see your General Practioner.

Just by looking at it, your General Practioner will be able to tell if it is a wart or something that may require more attention. Depending on where the growth is on your body and how it affects surrounding skin will be used to note whether the growth is actually a wart or not.

Visit your General Practioner if you have a wart that may:

  • spreads
  • changes in appearance
  • bleeds
  • causes you significant pain, distress or embarrassment

Treating Your Warts

Lucky for you, most warts are harmless and clear up without any type of treatment or medication.

The time that is taken for a wart to disappear varies from one person to the next. On some occasions, it can take up to 2 years until the viral infection disappears out of your system and the wart completely disappears.

Some may decide to treat their warts especially if they hurt you, or is located in an area of your body that may cause discomfort or embarrassment.

Most Common methods of treatment include (Click each to read more):

Duct Tape Wart TreatmentCryotherapy Wart Treatment

Chemical Wart TreatmentSalicylic Wart Treatment

Although you may receive treatment for your warts, be aware that it is not always completely effective. A wart may or may not return after you receive treatment.

Warts typically do not have any health side effects, so surgery is not usually recommended for warts.

 

Read more about how warts are treated.