Warts & veruccas
Warts are very common, harmless skin growths caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV). A verruca (also known as plantar wart) is a wart that typically occurs on the sole of the foot, in areas where most pressure is absorbed.
What is a wart?
Warts are very common, harmless skin growths caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV). They can grow on any part of the body, but are most commonly found on the hands and feet. On the tops of the hands and face they protrude, while on pressure areas such as the palms and soles they are often thick and flat.
Warts on the feet are also known as verrucas or plantar warts
Contrary to popular belief, warts do not have “roots” or “seeds”. The dark aspects sometimes seen in warts are actually the ends of tiny blood vessels called capillaries.
Since warts are caused by a virus, they may spread from person to person, and often spread location. Once you have the virus that causes warts, you will always carry the ability to develop warts on the skin.
What is a verucca?
A verruca (also known as plantar wart) is a wart that typically occurs on the sole of the foot, in areas where most pressure is absorbed. Verrucas usually appear as a round lump with a cauliflower-like appearance. If it is on a weight bearing area it may be flattened with a rough crumbly surface. Sometimes, it may have little black dots in the centre.
Verrucae occur when the human papillomavirus (HPV) makes contact with the skin on the soles of feet. The virus is usually introduced into the body through small cuts or openings on the bottom of the foot.
What are the different types of verruca?
The two most common types of verruca are:
Solitary wart – a single wart that increases in size and may develop into additional “satellite” warts.
Mosaic wart – this is when multiple warts cluster together in one area. This type of verruca is usually more difficult to treat.
What are the treatments for warts?
A number of over-the-counter treatments are available for warts, although multiple applications may be necessary. All treatments cause some amount of irritation and inflammation, and none can be absolutely guaranteed to cure every wart.
If these treatments fail, it might be the right time to speak to one of our Dermatologists at Kinvara Private Hospital. Treatments they may recommend include;
- Prescription-strength wart medications
- Cryotherapy (freezing the wart off) – successful treatment of warts often requires multiple applications of cryotherapy.
- Immune therapy
- Minor surgery to cut away the wart – this should be considered a last resort. It is not a good first-line treatment as cutting it can cause it to spread.
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