A verruca is a wart caused by the human Papilloma virus and it is caught by skin contact from another person. It likes a moist environment so people with sweaty feet are more at risk. Swimming pools and changing rooms are places most likely to catch the virus.
We can catch a verruca anywhere on the feet, but usually found on the sole of the foot. Young people are more likely to catch verrucas but anybody can get them. Young patients seem to have less resistance and as we get older we do seem get some protection but not everybody does.
When the verruca first appears it can be mistaken for a corn, sometimes they develop tiny black specks and some take on a cauliflower appearance. As they get bigger they become painful and they might spread if untreated.
Some verrucas can disappear if left alone when the body’s own immunity kicks in. It is wise not to wait and see what happens, but to visit a qualified Chiropodist / Podiatrist to get the correct diagnosis and the appropriate treatment.
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