verrucae Treatment

Verrucae is the term used for viral tumors of the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) when they occur on feet (called warts when on other areas of the body) They can infect any area of skin but are most common on feet and hands, contact areas allowing for cross infection. They are passed most easily in wet environments such as swimming pools and gym showers.

They can sometimes disappear without treatment but often they persist for many years. Even if they do resolve on their own, in the time they are present they can spread to other areas of the body and other people. Being contagious it is always best to treat them as soon as possible. Another reason to treat early is that verrucae are much more difficult to treat if they have been allowed time to grow. This is less true for warts as they grow outward from the skin, however a verrucae on the sole of the foot will get pushed deeper into the skin, gathering blood supply from the surrounding tissue. The deeper they are, the more difficult it is to apply the treatment without damaging surrounding tissue and treatments tend to become limited by how much pain the patient can tolerate.

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