There’s nothing more annoying than having warts on your body. These ugly raised bumps appears when a viral infection attacks the skin, causing the warts to develop. While they are relatively harmless, they are not aesthetically pleasing to look at. One type of wart is the Verruca. While many people use this term for warts in general, verrucae are actually plantar warts which affect the soles of the feet. This form of wart can be quite painful at times, since its location is in an area where pressure is consistently applied as a person walks. Their shape is somewhat circular, and they are thick in texture, as well as being slightly raised.
If you develop a Verruca, it will most likely feel as if you are standing on a stone. Unfortunately, you can’t remove the stone from under your foot. While most of them are merely an annoyance, putting pressure on them or squeezing them will cause them to hurt. Verrucae often spread to other parts of the foot and sometimes even the hands. In most cases, they will disappear on their own within two years, without any treatment. Some go away in as little as a few months. Since the warts are usually caused by the papilloma virus and spread easily, many people feel that communal places such as changing areas, showers and swimming pools, are a likely source to contract them from . The virus enters through cuts and scrapes in the skin, so wearing some kind of footwear, such as flip flops, in these places would be helpful in reducing the risk of infection. Children or people with compromised immune systems are more susceptible to getting them.
For a more detailed explanation of verruca warts, take a look at Verucca and Their Treatment.
A Verruca can be treated with over the counter remedies, although just letting them go away on their own may be the best option. Salicylic acid is the most commonly used medication to treat them. Using a pumice stone, or an emery board, to file down the wart is another at home remedy. Applying a pad with a hole in the middle will keep pressure off of the verruca. Seek professional help with any verruca removal if you have certain health problems such as eczema or diabetes.
A chiropodist can remove a Verruca for you. Treatment will depend upon the size and location of the wart. In some instances clusters of verrucae may have formed which makes them a bit more difficult to eradicate. The doctor may choose to use cryosurgery, laser treatment or give you a treatment plan to follow at home.