Verrucaes are all around us, so you might think, especially this time of year with everyone rushing back to the gym and swimming pools to get back on track with their new year resolutions.
Verrucae is the term used for a virus that infects the cells of the skin and in Latin the term verrucae means wart. They are similar to warts which can be found on any other part of the body. When found on the feet, they are called Verrucae Pedis.
At South West Podiatry our Podiatrists only recommend treatments when Verrucaes become painful or pose an issue. They often look like small cauliflower lumps and can also contain small black dots these are capillaries which are small blood vessels . They can appear as single lesions or can be multiple viruses covering large surface areas. They are caused by different strains of the human papilloma virus (HPV) and like any virus, it needs your immune system to see it and then respond to it, in order to resolve the viral infection.
What should I do if I have one?
There are many products on the market that make wonderful claims regarding treatment for verrucaes such as acid based creams, home freezing sprays and the strange and wonderful treatments such as Duct tape, Banana skin and Cider Vinegar. Most of these treatments are old wives tales and little have any body of evidence to back up there claims, therefore if none of these treatments have worked and you are still concerned or the verrucae is still painful then you should contact South West Podiatry.
How can our team help you with those pesky verrucaes?
It is important to diagnose your problem and be reviewed by a HCPC registered Podiatrist or Chiropodist as you could waste a lot of time, energy and money on treatments that do not work. During your initial consultation your Podiatrist will assess your feet and discuss your treatment options.
Treatment may consist of:
- Cryotherapy (Freezing of verrucae)
- Verrucae Needling (Minor surgical procedure)
- Curettage (Surgical debridement)
- Salacylic acid
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