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What Is a Verruca?


A verruca is a harmless growth in the skin caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). This virus is also responsible for causing warts on hands as well. The virus is commonly found on the floor of gyms and swimming pools as it thrives in humid environments. The virus normally enters the foot usually via a small microscopic tear/scratch in the skin. Verrucae can affect anyone but children & teenagers tend to be more susceptible, and those are who immuno-suppressed. Verrucae can spread on the skin, and can be passed to other people at home and in gyms/pools.

  • 1 in 10 people will have verrucae or warts at any one time in their lives.
  • Over 50% of people with verrucae or warts are aged between 5 to 19.

How Do You Know You Have A Verruca

They can either be a single lesion or can form a cluster of lesions. Some have tiny black dots in the centre which are blood vessels and can bleed very easily if scratched or filed.

Over time the verruca grows inwards in a concave fashion and the body can form a layer of hard skin over and around it causing pain/discomfort when walking.

  • 50% of verrucae will disappear within 2 years without any treatment as the body builds up a resistance to the virus.

If you are unsure if you have a verruca and feel you need expert advice please book an appointment to see us.