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What is a Verruca?

Verrucae are harmless lesions caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), most of the time they will resolve in 2-5 years, however, some people find they have their Verrucae for longer.

There are currently more than 100 known types of HPV with the most common being on hands and feet.

The virus is contagious and the host is infected when the virus enters the skin, commonly a foot can be infected in wet areas such as swimming pools, changing rooms and bathrooms. An infected bare foot will release virally infected cells onto the floor, if another foot walks over the same area and picks up the virus, through the now vulnerable wet skin, a new host can now be infected, this process can also occur from towels and footwear.

The virus can have an incubation period of a number of months before it becomes visible to the naked eye.

Verruca Treatment Options

Self Treatment

The most common treatment for Verrucae is using over the counter caustics, these are effective and generally painless although they involve consistent use and take time.


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