What are verrucas?

Verrucas, or plantar warts, are warts that grow on the soles of your feet.

Just like common warts on hands and fingers, verrucas are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) and are highly contagious. The virus enters your body through tiny lesions in the skin, and causes hard protein to build up in the top layer of the skin. Whereas warts on other parts of your body normally grow outward, verrucas usually grow inward since they are pushed into the soles of the feet when you walk. 

Symptoms of verrucas

Verrucas tend to form a flat layer of thick skin and might have a softer center that often appears white with small black dots. The dots are tiny blood vessels that supply the verruca with nutrients and usually mean that the wart is about to go away. Verrucas can appear one by one or form larger clusters that are called mosaic warts. Unlike warts on your hands, which tend to be fairly painless, verrucas can become painful as they are constantly under pressure from your body weight.

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How do verrucas spread?

Verrucas can be transmitted both through direct contact, or through indirect contact with inanimate objects, for example towels or shoes, that carry wart cells. 

Preventing warts on feet

The HPV virus is ubiquitous and preventing warts on feet from spreading is difficult. However, there are a few precautions you can take to minimise your risk of contracting and spreading an infection:

Preventing warts

How do you get warts and what is the best way to prevent warts?

Symptoms of warts

Wart symptoms can vary considerably. What are the most common signs?

  • Avoid touching your own warts, as they can easily spread to other parts of your body.
  • Dry your feet properly after you shower and moisturise with a lotion to keep them from cracking.
  • Change socks daily.
  • Always use footwear such as sandals or flip-flops on floors where others walk barefoot.
  • Do not share towels, shoes or socks with people who have warts.
  • Wear a verruca sock in public areas like changing rooms and showers if you already have warts on your feet. This will prevent them from spreading to others.

What is the best type of verruca treatment?

Verrucas, just like any other warts, can take two years or more to disappear on their own. To prevent the warts on your feet from becoming painful and spreading to others, it is important to treat them as soon as they appear. Verruca removal is almost always done at home with an over the counter solution. The most common home treatment for verrucas have been salicylic acid or freezing the wart with DMEP gas, approx. -55°c. Now there are new and very effective options available that contains formic acid that dries out the wart, and nitrous oxide that freezes the wart down to -80°c. A formic acid solution such as EndWarts PEN is easy to use and only needs to be applied once a week.

What if the verruca removal is unsuccessful?

The most common home treatment for verrucas have been salicylic acid or freezing the wart with DMEP gas (approx -55°c). Now there are new and very effective options available that contains formic acid that dries out the wart. A formic acid solution such as EndWarts PEN is easy to use, only needs to be applied once a week, and leaves no trace on the skin. 

Endwarts PEN

EndWarts PEN

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