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Verruca Treatment and Removal Options

June 30th, 2009

verruca-removal-treatment.jpgIt is easy enough to pick up a verruca, but you will probably find it very challenging to get rid of it afterward. Treatment gels and creams are readily available without a prescription, but they are not always effective.

What Is a Verruca?

A verruca is a wart that is found on the soles of the feet. It will usually resemble a lump of hard tissue, and often has small black dots within it. This distinguishes it from a wart, which requires different treatment. For the most part, a verruca does not cause pain unless you have to put pressure on that area of the foot. Verrucae will sometimes appear in groups, especially if one verruca has spread across the foot.

How To Avoid Spreading A Verruca

If you walk barefoot with a verruca, you are likely to pass it onto other people in the same environment with yourself. This includes communal changing rooms as well as your own home. Change your socks and shoes on a daily basis, as verrucae thrive in damp and sweaty conditions. Avoid sharing socks, shoes, or towels with other people as a verruca can quickly spread.

Treatment Gels and Creams

A small verruca that has developed fairly recently is more likely to respond to over-the-counter verruca treatments than one that has been present for many months. If a verruca is causing pain, it will probably not respond to home treatments. In this scenario, it is a good idea to seek medical advice to discover your other options. Over-the-counter treatments tend to contain salicylic acid, which is also found in many acne treatments. It can burn your skin, so be careful to apply it solely to the verruca.

Other Options

A verruca that does not respond to over-the-counter treatments will need to be dealt with by a professional. This can involve freezing the verruca with liquid nitrogen, which encourages it to fall off. Laser treatment can also remove them as it destroys the infection at the core and seals off the blood supply so that the verruca is killed off. Stubborn verrucae will often need multiple sessions of laser treatment to destroy them properly. Laser treatment is usually the preferred option as it is considered to be safer and less likely to cause damage to the surrounding area. It can be uncomfortable, but it is one of the most effective ways to get rid of a verruca.


Sally A. is a freelance writer from the UK who has written articles on a wide range of subjects. She is available for private requests through Constant Content.


One Response to “Verruca Treatment and Removal Options”

  1. comment number 1 by: Steve A

    I had a verruca for a couple of years.

    Treated it with Bazuka gel. Turned out to be verruca piled on veruuca and it took me seven months to bottom out the excavation.

    It worked inthe end however.

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