Warts and verrucas

verrucaWarts are rough lumps that often develop on the the hands and feet. Warts vary in appearance depending on where they are on the body. They can develop in isolation or in clusters and are non-cancerous.

Some warts are more likely to affect particular areas of the body. For example, verrucas are warts that develop on the feet.

A wart is caused by a Human Papillomavirus and also known as Plantar Warts. Usually they are occurring on the under surface of the foot (bottom of the feet or toes) and they can develop into clusters. You can get the infection through injured skin (tiny cuts and scrapes) and the incubation period can last from 2 weeks up to months, until you can notice it on your skin. They are also contagious; you can get the infection from swimming pools or communal showers also sharing your shoes or socks.

Most common description is a painful sensation while you are standing or walking; it is caused by pressure to your verruca and it is forcing the wart into your skin. Normally they are harmless, but if it is uncomfortable for you, then you should contact a qualified dermatologist.

There are various treatments to remove your verruca. To decide the best treatment for you, just contact our experienced dermatologists.

Treatment options for removing a verruca:

  1. Laser therapy – The quickest and easier option to treat warts and verrucas. With the Regenlite pulse dye laser  one to six treatments are usually necessary and the wart should clear up faster by using other methods
  2. Salicylic acid – You can choose between gels, creams and plasters because they all have the same active ingredient called salicylic acid. Salicylic can destroy your healthy skin as well, so you need to be very careful while using these products. Our dermatologists will recommend you the most suitable product for you.
  3. Freezing treatment (cryotheraphy) – usually the most popular and effective treatment. Nitrogen is sprayed onto your wart; it will destroy the affected skin cells. This treatment can be painful and you may need many sessions.

If you have noticed a verruca on your skin and it is concerning you, please make an appointment with one of our dermatologist.

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