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What Is a Verruca?

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Verrucae or warts are common, non cancerous growths of the skin caused by infection with the human papillomavirus (HPV) usually contracted when walking barefoot in communal areas such as changing rooms, pool and showers.

The HPV infects the skin cells in the outer layer of skin (epidermis) and is not always detected by the body's own defence mechanism as they have a barrier around them. There are over 100 HPV subtypes which can look slightly different on the skin.

If you are not sure whether you have a verruca or wart, want some advice or to start treatment please call us on 01865 236050 for an appointment.